Amy Carter Joins Seattle Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Carter brings of wealth of philanthropic and strategic partnership experience to the organization. Seattle Foundation is excited to welcome new Board member Amy Carter, the Director of Community Engagement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In her current role, Carter works to build thriving, diverse and equitable communities in the greater Seattle region. Through […]

COVID-19 Response Fund: ACRS addresses the intersection of racial equity and mental health

Receiving financial support from the COVID-19 Response Fund allowed Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS) to continue providing essential, culturally relevant tools and resources to communities across the greater Seattle region. Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS) briefly stopped offering its essential services and closed its doors in March 2020 because of COVID-19. In an […]

N2N Spotlight: Wonder of Women International

Creating sacred space that unapologetically centers Black women and people By: Aileen Balahadia, N2N Program Consultant and Elaine Chu, Senior Philanthropic Officer During a Neighbor 2 Neighbor (N2N) virtual site visit with Wonder of Women International (WOW), we got a glimpse of their gallery space in downtown Seattle, and we immediately realized that Zoom just […]

Opening the Door to a More Inclusive Society

How Open Doors for Multicultural Families is Meeting the Needs of People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and their Families “You have to love yourself first and build self-confidence.” This is the mantra Ginger Kwan holds as she helps multicultural families navigate complex special education systems. As the mother of a son with a disability, Kwan understands […]

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 […]

Designing a Pandemic-free Future

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, […]

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 […]

Trish Millines Dziko Joins Seattle Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Dziko guided the Technology Access Foundation to statewide leadership in public education. Seattle Foundation is pleased to announce that Trish Millines Dziko, the co-founder of a leading organization in public education, recently joined our Board of Trustees. Dziko co-founded the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) in 1996 after spending 17 years in the technology industry. TAF […]

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

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. By Bill Zook, Senior Advisor, Gift Planning […]

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 […]

Bolstering Black Philanthropy in August and Beyond

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. The panel of leaders […]

Second Creative Equity Fund Cohort Announced

Seattle Foundation proudly announces the latest round of Creative Equity Fund grant recipients. The newest cohort represents the latest round of funding for organizations in King County who will be advancing racial justice work through arts and culture. Creative Equity Fund was launched in 2018 as a funder collaborative and is made possible thanks to […]

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 […]

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

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. By Bill Zook, senior advisor, gift planning Many donors are examining their giving practices and looking for ways to support Black, Indigenous, and people of color […]

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 […]

North Star to Guide Investment in Community-led Organizations and Systems Change

The Blueprint for Impact is Seattle Foundation’s new “North Star” outlining how philanthropy can play a unique role in supporting and deeply investing in community-led organizations to create systems change. This summer looks profoundly different than the season we ushered in one year ago. Instead of lockdowns, we are beginning to feel openness; instead of […]

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 […]