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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Focusing on Year-end vs. on the (Potential) End of an Era

September 28, 2021

Given the broad consensus that new rules affecting charitable giving are in the offing, it may be tempting to plan based on what may change and when. It remains worth considering what can be achieved under current law. As the year's end approaches, here are a few attractive approaches. 

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N2N Spotlight: Black Dollar Days Task Force’s Clean Green Farms

September 15, 2021

Promoting health and self-sufficiency with Black and African American youth, one seed at a time.

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Bolstering Black Philanthropy in August and Beyond

August 31, 2021

A question—more so, a charge, from Seattle Foundation Chief Engagement Officer Stephanie Bray was shared at the last ‘In Conversation, In Community’ event. “Now that we know, what are we going to do?” Her question came after a poignant discussion about why donors should provide funding to Black-led and rooted organizations.

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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