Center for Community Partnerships

The values of equity and opportunity are the central principles guiding Seattle Foundation’s mission. We founded the Center for Community Partnerships to focus directly on targeted efforts to achieve greater racial and economic equity. Understanding that social problems are products of networks of cause and effect at a policy level, the Center focuses on advancing systems change as the most effective way to advance this goal.


The Center employs multiple strategies, including grantmaking, civic leadership, impact investing, research and technical assistance. We award localized grants and make multi-year investments in high-impact efforts. We hold forums to spark conversations, establish action-oriented task forces and incubate promising new initiatives. Giving voice to issues and elevating promising solutions in the media is another way we advance the cause of equity and opportunity.


Most importantly, we partner directly with residents at the grassroots level. Through decades of support and investment in neighborhood groups led by and for community members, we can better direct our investments in ways that make a measurable difference in people’s lives.

Our current initiatives -- Communities of Opportunity, Vibrant Democracy Initiative and Neighbor to Neighbor -- together create a holistic approach to community-engaged systems and policy change.


Community Impact Diagram Neighbor to Neighbor Vibrant Democracy Communities of Opportunity

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Current Initiatives

Explore three ways Seattle Foundation is working to make our community a better place.

Communities of Opportunity

Seattle Foundation and King County launched Communities of Opportunity to improve health, social, racial and economic outcomes by focusing on places, policies and systems changes.

Vibrant Democracy Initiative

The Vibrant Democracy Initiative strengthens the voice and participation of underrepresented communities as a path to more equitable systems change.

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N)

Neighbor to Neighbor supports grassroots efforts that increase engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities.

Impact

The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

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Contemplating the complexity of our identities: Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx, Latine, and more

November 18, 2021

Seattle Foundation Program Officer Vanesa Gutierrez speaks with a community partner about why it is important to speak with individuals about preferred identifiers, rather than seeing people groups as monoliths.

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Fostering Resilient Environments

November 17, 2021

Treehouse Uses COVID-19 Response Fund Grant to Support Youth in Foster Care

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Designing a Pandemic-free Future

October 27, 2021

Seattle Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the IPD Breakthrough Fund at Seattle Foundation. This new fund supports the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design (IPD) to advance this rapidly developing field of protein design. Through the utilization of computer-designed synthetic proteins, IPD is developing solutions to today’s challenges in medicine, energy, and technology—including innovations in vaccines that combat COVID-19 and other viral threats.

Impact Investing is an innovative approach for philanthropists who wish to expand their impact beyond grantmaking to include direct investment of their philanthropic dollars into projects and endeavors that further the public good.

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