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

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. By: Vanesa Gutierrez Seattle Foundation is committed to sharing personal reflections on identity to deepen our knowledge on backgrounds different to our own and better […]

Fostering Resilient Environments

Treehouse Uses COVID-19 Response Fund Grant to Support Youth in Foster Care We’ve heard the stories echo across the nation: children, young adults, and their caregivers dealing with the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One area of significant challenge: remote learning. In 2020, nearly 93% of households with school-age childrenreported they engaged in […]

Utilizing Census Data to Inform Civic Engagement

Ensuring that all community members are adequately represented in population data is integral to informing how government resources get allocated across critical issues in areas where they’re needed most and how legislative seats are apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives. The significance of the Decennial Census guided Seattle Foundation’s decision to play a leadership […]

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

Promoting health and self-sufficiency with Black and African American youth, one seed at a time. By: Aileen Balahadia, N2N Program Consultant Supporting Black Dollar Days Task Force (BDDTF) this year feels poignant, as we, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), continue celebrating our 30th anniversary. BDDTF received a grant in 1991, the year N2N was launched, and […]

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

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. Written by: Perigee Fund, Edited by Seattle Foundation A mother of a new baby looks off, brow furrowed and mouth cast into a somber frown as she holds […]

An Update for Our Community

To advance racial equity and maximize community impact, the Foundation’s grantmaking policies have been revised to address the inequities in our region. For 75 years, Seattle Foundation has played an active role in our community as a bridge builder, civic leader, and partner to thousands of community nonprofits and philanthropists. The Foundation remains focused on […]

Dr. Benjamin Danielson Joins Seattle Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Dr. Danielson is a widely respected healthcare professional and advocate of building a greater sense of well-being and equity in underserved communities across the Greater Seattle region. With genuine appreciation and excitement, Seattle Foundation is proud to welcome Dr. Benjamin Danielson to our Board of Trustees. Dr. Danielson is currently a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics […]

Seattle Foundation Endorses Best Starts for Kids Levy – King County Proposition 1

By Dr. Ed Taylor, Board Chair, Seattle Foundation, and David Bley, Interim CEO, Seattle Foundation Driven by the strong conviction that early investment in our region’s children is a powerful step we can take to build a strong and vibrant community, Seattle Foundation’s Board has proudly endorsed the Best Starts for Kids Levy. This marks the second time the […]

Casa Surya Healings

Empowering the Latinx community through cultural and ancestral healing By: Aileen Balahadia, N2N Program Consultant and Elaine Chu, Senior Philanthropic Advisor Xochitl Garcia knows firsthand the impact that stress and illness have on health and wellbeing, especially for members of her Latinx community. Years ago, Xochitl, whose name comes from the Aztec word for “flower,” […]

Using Data to Fill the Greatest Needs for PPE

Seattle Foundation Philanthropists Rich Tong and Trang Le leveraged their technology backgrounds to help state and local leaders make important purchasing decisions for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other vital pandemic resources. Rich Tong and Trang Le were new members of Seattle Foundation’s family when COVID-19 struck. With a desire to help, the husband-and-wife team […]

Leveraging Community Foundations to Invest in Causes Clients Care About

Seattle Foundation can help meet the philanthropic goals of private foundation clients. By Bill Zook, senior advisor, gift planning Seattle Foundation has a long history of helping philanthropists and their advisors explore ways to support causes close to their hearts. Sometimes, a client’s philanthropic goals can only be met through a private foundation. Other times, […]

Fueling Learning Through Impact Investing: 2020 Successes of the Early Learning Facilities Fund

Now more than ever, our community needs high-quality early childhood education that strengthens the stability and resilience of children, families, and our community. Learn how impact investing has fueled the creation of jobs and early learning spaces over the past year and what’s ahead for this work. By Stephen Robinson, Senior Philanthropic Advisor In early […]

An Update for Our Community

This update seeks to provide the latest information about our ongoing work to review our current grantmaking policies, and consider ways we can ensure these policies align with our collective commitment to address the widening disparities in our region. Following a historically challenging year of crisis, we are grateful to everyone who joined in bringing […]

Amy Banovich Joins Seattle Foundation’s Board of Trustees

The Managing Partner of KPMG’s Seattle Office currently serves on the Board’s Audit Committee. Seattle Foundation is excited to announce that Amy Banovich, Managing Partner of KPMG’s Seattle office, recently joined our Board of Trustees. Banovich is responsible for leading KPMG’s market strategy, managing and inspiring more than 500 team members, delivering outstanding client care, […]

N2N Spotlight: Muslimah’s Against Abuse Center

Cultivating safer spaces for Muslim girls and women. By Aileen Balahadia, Neighbor to Neighbor Program Consultant, and Elaine Chu, Senior Philanthropic Advisor Rahmo Rashid recalls the first time she was asked to support young Muslim girls in her African community. Her instincts told her they needed to meet in a group, face to face, and […]

Seattle Foundation and King County Elections Partner for Fifth Year to Launch 2021-2022 Voter Education Fund Grant Cycle

Seattle Foundation partners with King County Elections to increase voter participation in historically excluded communities. Deadline to apply for funding is April 2, 2021. Seattle Foundation and King County Elections are partnering for a fifth year on the Voter Education Fund. The partners have collectively committed $950,000 in grants over the next two years to […]

Professional Advisors Council (PAC) update

The year 2020 brought the retirement of four longtime members of Seattle Foundation’s PAC. A new slate of advisors joined in 2021. By Allison Parker, managing director, philanthropy strategies We count professional advisors among Seattle Foundation’s closest partners. Professional advisors such as attorneys, accountants, and wealth advisors provide expert counsel to their clients for lifetime […]

Tax Updates for 2021 Giving

Legislation enacted at the end of 2020 to provide additional COVID-19 relief has implications for charitable gifts made in 2021. By Bill Zook, senior advisor, gift planning, and Allison Parker, managing director, philanthropy strategies Legislation enacted in the closing days of 2020 to provide additional COVID-19 relief and fund the federal government for the better […]

Announcing new Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) pool for Seattle Foundation philanthropists

Seattle Foundation announces a restructured Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Pool, managed by OpenInvest, which aligns with the three pillars of Seattle Foundation’s Blueprint for Impact: A Just Democracy, Equitable Economy, Resilient Environment. By Allison Parker, managing director, philanthropy strategies, and Alyssa Farber, interimChief Financial Operating Officer We’re excited to announce a restructured Socially Responsible Investment […]

Response to the Violent Actions at the U.S. Capitol Building

In response to the violent actions at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C., Seattle Foundation releases the following statement: Seattle Foundation condemns the anti-democratic violence in the U.S. Capitol building today. These attacks threaten many pillars of our democracy: the integrity of our elections, the peaceful transition of power, and the ability of lawmakers […]