Communities of Opportunity

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

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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

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Spotlighting Perigee Fund: The importance of infant and maternal mental health

July 22, 2021

An early pioneer of infant and maternal mental health work, Perigee Fund focuses on community-driven solutions to dismantle systemic barriers that contribute to infants experiencing early adversity.

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Leading the Way: Leveraging a Charitable Lead Trust for Greater Impact

July 21, 2021

Understand how partnering with Seattle Foundation and utilizing a Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) can provide resources to local communities and help donors achieve a variety of personal financial goals.

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An Update for Our Community

July 16, 2021

To advance racial equity and maximize community impact, the Foundation's grantmaking policies have been revised to address the inequities in our region.