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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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.