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Element Notes -- September 7

In this news roundup, Seattle’s response to new pressures on immigrants and refugees (including Seattle Foundation’s Resilience Fund), studies of the almost 20 year difference in life expectancy between Seattle zip codes and an explainer on how disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Irma are exacerbated by climate change

September 07, 2017

Deep community knowledge is a key benefit of working with Seattle Foundation. Our team has extensive knowledge about community issues and trends, as well as an expansive network of relationships with nonprofit organizations working locally, nationally and globally. We track key developments in each element of our Healthy Community Framework:  Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities and Global Giving. Every other week, we compile Element Notes to share the latest developments affecting efforts to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

Arts and Culture

Supporting community arts

Two recent efforts exemplify how local organizations are preserving and sharing underrepresented voices in the arts. KCTS9 featured the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington ’s work to collect donated Japanese vinyl records, providing a window into the lives of 20th century Japanese American Seattleites throughout WWII incarceration and beyond. And South Seattle Emerald covered how last week’s second annual Seattle Urban Book Expo brought record crowds, showcasing Seattle’s growing Black literary scene.


Not Enough and Too Late: Critics of Washington’s School-Funding Plan Don’t Mince Words with Supreme Court

Early this summer the state legislature passed a budget to address the McCleary verdict, which found that the state was unconstitutionally underfunding education. But plaintiffs in the case say the legislation isn’t enough and seek to keep the case open. The NAACP and Washington State Budget & Policy Center have filed briefs supporting the courts retaining jurisdiction.


In Hurricane Harvey’s Path, How to Talk about Climate and Weather

Sightline provides talking points on how the effects of warming temperatures and rising sea levels made Harvey more devastating. As Hurricane Irma touches down in the Caribbean and as South Asia deals with powerful monsoons, this devastation will likely continue.


A City of Riches? Most Seattle Filers Make Less Than $50K, IRS Data Show

In preparation for a City Council-approved income tax (which faces legal challenges), local think tank Economic Opportunity Institute has a thorough analysis of Seattle residents’ IRS filings. They found that over half of Seattle tax filers reported income of less than $50,000 and more than half of those make less than $25,000. About 8,500 households would be subject to the high earners income tax.

Health and Wellness

How Long Will You Live? It Might Depend on Your King County Neighborhood

The Seattle Times covers life expectancy in different areas of King County, which can vary as much as the difference between parts of West Africa and Europe. The article highlights Seattle Foundation’s Communities of Opportunity work to address these disparities.

WA Hospitals Aren't Fulfilling Legal Duty to Offer Charity Care to Needy Patients, New Study Shows

In Washington state, all hospitals are legally required to determine whether low-income patients qualify for charity care, a safety net that ensures treatment for free or reduced cost. But a new report from Columbia Legal Services finds that hospitals across the state are not providing struggling individuals and families adequate access to charity care. (The Stranger can have language or ads that not all may find appropriate. As always, click with care.)

Vibrant Communities

Ending DACA Throws Thousands Here into Limbo
Ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provides protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, means that approximately 17,000 Washington residents could lose their ability to work and attend school and may be deported. Many local politicians, advocacy groups and business leaders have come out strongly in support of keeping DACA protections, and Washington State just joined 15 other states in a suit against the administration.

King County Non-Profits Receive $2.25M to Protect Immigrants and Refugees

King County and Seattle announced 38 nonprofit recipients of $2.25 million in funding to serve immigrants and refugees. Half of this money goes toward a legal defense fund for immigration issues. Seattle Foundation’s collaboration with the county on the Resilience Fund  is also featured as an important effort to address new challenges to marginalized communities . (The Stranger can have language or ads that not all may find appropriate. As always, click with care.)


Local Sergeant, Human Rights Groups Sue Trump Over Transgender Military Ban

A national coalition, including a staff sergeant stationed at Lakewood's Joint Base and Seattle-based trans rights group Gender Justice League, have filed a suit against the federal administration’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. (The Stranger can have language or ads that not all may find appropriate. As always, click with care.)


Philanthropists Like Scott Oki Have Many Options to Streamline Their Giving

Puget Sound Business Journal covers how nonprofits like Seattle Foundation can help philanthropists make the most impact with their giving. Our own Fidelma McGinn shares the benefits on investing in the local community. (Login required.)

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