Growing funds for the good of the community
Community philanthropists entrust Seattle Foundation to manage funds for the benefit of those we serve. Seattle Foundation received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.” As stewards of your funds, we exercise prudent investment practices oriented toward a “total return” approach. This phrase refers to the total change in fund value over a given time period resulting not only from interest and dividend income, but from capital appreciation as well. Using this approach, the Foundation is able to capture a portion of the historically higher returns in the equity and equity-like markets. Our total return approach to investment management is consistent with the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA), as implemented by Washington State. As a prudent steward, Seattle Foundation has the following primary priorities for our Balanced Pool: maximize total return and protect principal.