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  • Communities of Opportunity seeks consultant to assist groups with developing agenda

    Seeking a Consultant for COO

    May 15, 2018

    Request for Qualifications now open through May 31 for consultants to co-design process leading to systems and policy agenda

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    Seattle Foundation Earns Municipal League Award

    April 30, 2018

    Leadership Award recognizes Communities of Opportunity partnership with King County

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    Communities of Opportunity invests $3.1 million in new efforts

    March 28, 2018

    Grants to six partnerships will decrease displacement, increase civic engagement and strengthen health and connections across King County

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    Communities of Opportunity Systems & Policy Change Grantees

    February 01, 2018

    Seattle Foundation and King County invest $2.5 million in grants to community nonprofits to increase health, social, racial and economic equity

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    Announcing the 2017 Communities of Opportunity Systems and Policy Change Grant Opportunity

    October 09, 2017

    We're accepting proposals from community-led efforts to transform systems and policies to decrease and prevent continued inequity in low-income communities and communities of color in King County

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    Element Notes -- September 23

    September 26, 2017

    In this news roundup, census data and studies show how Seattle's demographics are changing and how these changes affect equity. And, as recent disasters affect the world, the local aid organizations often better positioned to help are struggling to get relief funding

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    Element Notes -- September 7

    September 07, 2017

    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

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    July 25, 2017

    In this news roundup, it’s time to vote in the primary, our area is failing on several key aspects of accessibility for people with disabilities, Prop 1 could expand arts access and the ACA (Obamacare) repeal may be imminent

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    July 14, 2017

    In this news roundup, Washington state budget is approved, the community responds to Charleena Lyles’ shooting and the city council approves an income tax

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    Partnership Mobilization Grants

    July 05, 2017

    Seattle Foundation invites proposals from nonprofit groups working in partnership to increase the engagement, representation and power of underrepresented communities in civic and public processes through the Partnership Mobilization program

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    June 19, 2017

    In this roundup, Washington state responds to Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement, the state government may face a partial shutdown and Seattle passes a controversial soda tax

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    May 31, 2017

    In this roundup, the results from the one-night count shows a large spike in homelessness, state and national budgets (both of which would have big local effects) fight through the legislature, and Seattle is gaining an average of 57 residents a day.

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    May 22, 2017

    In this roundup, Mayor Murray will not run for re-election, Amazon permanently gifts a shelter to Mary’s Place and the city council takes on the push for an income tax

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    April 20, 2017

    In this roundup, Seattle may need to expand its disability accommodations, we’re on the edge of 4 global famines and a new shelter offers accommodations for pets and partners.

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    The Voter Education Fund

    April 13, 2017

    Seattle Foundation partners with King County Elections to increase civic engagement. Deadline to apply for funding is May 2.

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    April 05, 2017

    In this roundup, the Road Map Project pushes its goals, Council Member Gonzalez pushes for paid family leave and Seattle continues to grow.

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    March 16, 2017

    In this roundup, Mayor Murray’s levy on homelessness, a rise in hate crimes and challenges to the new youth jail are dismissed.

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    Linking Lifetime and Legacy Giving

    March 16, 2017

    Susan Peterson, Seattle Foundation’s Director of Gift Planning, writes on the trend of giving now rather than endowing in the March 10 special Estate Planning issue of Puget Sound Business Journal.

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    The Morgan Fund Awards $165,130 in Grants to Arts Organizations

    February 17, 2017

    We're proud to announce that the Morgan Fund has awarded $165,130 to local arts organizations. Grants will support high quality performing arts for the community by funding 25 dance and theatre organizations in the region.

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    February 17, 2017

    In this roundup, the city’s homeless sweeps continue to come under scrutiny, Seattle City Council divests from Wells Fargo, Mayor Murray works to expand priority hiring and more.

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    A conversation with Alice Ito

    February 16, 2017

    An interview with Alice Ito, who leads Seattle Foundation’s Center for Community Partnerships. Ito’s experience spans more than 25 years working in community-based nonprofits and philanthropic organizations.

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    Reinventing Philanthropy

    January 19, 2017

    The Seattle region faces a defining moment, writes Foundation President & CEO Tony Mestres in Seattle Business Magazine, and now is the time for philanthropy to direct its time and investment to sustainable prevention and systems reinvention.

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    January 18, 2017

    In this roundup, refugee services on inauguration day, Inslee’s budget proposal, a win (for now) against coal exporting and how the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act will affect Washington.

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    January 04, 2017

    In this Element Notes: the protested youth jail gets its permit, democracy vouchers mail to Seattle residents and Seattle hotels sue over new legislation protecting hotel workers.

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    December 21, 2016

    In this Element Notes: Governor Inslee’s proposed budget would close the education funding gap, progress on Sawant’s “Tenants Bill of Rights,” Washington is declared a “Hate-Free” zone and more.

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    December 12, 2016

    In this Element Notes: a victory at Standing Rock, Seattle schools face major budget shortfalls and experts and protestors alike try to predict the impact of the election across environment, education, healthcare and more

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    Investments for Social Change

    December 12, 2016

    In this uncertain time, Seattle Foundation reaffirms its long-standing commitment to civic leadership, as well as fighting division and disparity in our communities. As your partner in effective philanthropy, we invite you to invest with Seattle Foundation to support the critically important work underway to advance equity and opportunity.

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    Giving Tuesday: The Global GiveBIG

    November 29, 2016

    Now that that all of the shopping deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, consider on Giving Tuesday how you would like to make a difference in your community.

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    Vibrant Democracy In Action

    November 22, 2016

    “I am voting and I am part of democracy.” 

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    Charting A New Path Ahead

    November 11, 2016

    This campaign season has had a profound effect on our country, but now is the time to unify, rather than divide society further. We have the chance to glean something from this discord and chart a new path ahead.

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    Honoring Those Who Serve

    November 11, 2016

    Thank you to all of the Veterans, military personnel and their families.

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    Concert Alert: KEXP and Seattle Foundation Hosts First Concert Event of the Newly Re-Launched Community Partnership Program

    November 09, 2016

    Concert proceeds to benefit Washington Bus and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

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    Seattle Foundation President & CEO Discusses the Need for Brave Systems Reinvention

    November 09, 2016

    "It is clear, and empirically proven, that we cannot intervene our way out of the challenges facing our region. Thoughtful, collaborative, and brave systems reinvention is our call to action."

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    Turning the Tide on Climate Change

    November 08, 2016

    From innovative efforts to incentivize solar panels to building diverse, cross-sector coalitions focused on long-term policy change, our region is a national leader in the fight against climate change.

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    Thanks for Coming out to Share Feedback on GiveBIG 2017

    October 31, 2016

    Thank you to the nonprofit partners that attended one of our three nonprofit gatherings and provided their input on different ways to approach GiveBIG 2017.

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    KEXP and Seattle Foundation to Host First Community Partnership Program Benefit Concert

    October 24, 2016

    Seattle Foundation’s partnership with KEXP is an extension of its Vibrant Democracy Initiative, a $2.5 million, five-year effort designed to increase civic engagement and amplify the voice of communities of color and low-income communities.