Communities of Opportunity

Improving health and well-being within ethnically and geographically diverse communities across Greater Seattle.

Kids running home from school


A groundbreaking partnership between the community, Seattle Foundation and King County.


Here in Greater Seattle, where you live, how much you make, and the color of your skin are major predictors of your life experience and your chances of living well and thriving. While average measures of quality of life, social, and health factors are among the highest in the country, our region now experiences some of the greatest inequities among large U.S. metropolitan areas.

To help change this trajectory, Seattle Foundation and King County launched Communities of Opportunity (COO) in 2014 to improve health, social, racial, and economic outcomes by focusing on places, policies, and systems changes. By offering an initial investment of $2.5 million over five years, we started work with diverse community partners in this multi-sector effort to focus on upstream policy improvements that benefit the region as a whole. We invest in community-led partnerships, and have supported work in White Center, Rainier Valley, and SeaTac-Tukwila. We award grants to organizations working to increase health, housing, and/or economic opportunities through policy and systems reform.

To read current updates and learn about opportunities, visit the COO website.

Jump to the Communities of Opportunity Systems and Policy Change section of our current grant opportunities page for the most up-to-date information on applying. The latest Communities of Opportunity updates are on our blog, including recent grantees and new rounds of funding announcements.

Impact

The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

Members of Front and Centered gathered to show support for I-1631

Environment: Ensuring Climate Justice

June 14, 2019

Supported by Seattle Foundation, powerful coalitions work together to lift up the people most impacted by climate change

An activist for Statewide Poverty Action Network holds a sign that says "Being Poor is Not a Crime"

Seattle Foundation Grantees Change Policy in Olympia and Improve Our Region

June 10, 2019

Current grantees are making significant progress in legislation

The youth and elders of the Bridging Wisdom program learn from each other and build connections

N2N Spotlight: Bridging Wisdom

June 04, 2019

Intergenerational program brings together middle school students and elders to learn from each other and build connections