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, […]

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, […]

Decolonizing Philanthropy through Arts & Culture

Creative Equity Fund Announces New Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2021-2022 focused on Black- and Indigenous-led Nonprofits Arts and culture are powerful tools for engaging community in collective change – igniting civil discourse, inspiring action, and helping us imagine and advocate for a just world. As referenced in ArtsFund’s recent Social Impact of the Arts […]

Seattle Foundation Statement on Murders in Georgia and Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence

Seattle Foundation joins millions in condemning anti-Asian hate crimes and violence, and mourning tragic loss of life in Georgia. Our region and our country have witnessed violent, hateful, and deeply alarming acts against the Asian American community. Here in the Seattle region, where Asian Americans make up roughly 18% of King County’s population, members of […]

Leaning into the Power of Black Leadership: A Call to Support King County’s Black-Led Organizations

Seattle Foundation honors Black History Month by celebrating Black-led Organizations and their ability to uplift community. We invite others in our community to join us – not just during Black History Month, but all year long. By Senior Program Officer Jonathan Cunningham and Senior Philanthropic Advisor Cedric Davis Today marks the one-year anniversary of the […]

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 […]

2020 Resilience Fund Grants Include Focus on Black-led Organizations

Seattle Foundation grants $555,000 to help protect the rights and resilience of vulnerable residents in King County. Seattle Foundation is announcing $555,000 in grants to 30 community-based organizations through our Resilience Fund. The 2020 round of investments support King County-based organizations directly impacted by changes in federal policies and the adverse effects of the current […]

N2N Spotlight: Haida Roots

Reclaiming Indigenous culture and language for youth. By Aileen Balahadia, Neighbor to Neighbor Program Consultant, and Elaine Chu, Senior Philanthropic Advisor It was a site visit like no other. That was the thought running through the minds of Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) advisory members who listened to Sondra Segundo, the founder of Haida Roots. She […]

In Pursuit of Climate Justice

A look back at a year of major accomplishments in the face of big challenges. By Dionne Foster, Senior Program Officer, and Elizabeth List, Senior Philanthropic Advisor One day early last June, a group of journalists of color from newsrooms around the country gathered for the first time—on a Zoom call, naturally. The gathering marked […]

Equity at the Center of Disaster Response

The COVID-19 Response Fund meets the evolving needs of an unprecedented crisis. Surge. Social distancing. Quarantine. PPE. Racial disparities. Masks. Police brutality. Racial justice. These are just some of the words that have become commonplace since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seattle was the first metropolitan area in in the U.S. with recorded COVID […]

Increasing Investment in Black-led Organizations

Why standing up for racial justice means supporting Black civic leadership and participation. By Diana Paredes, Senior Learning Manager, and Jonathan Cunningham, Senior Program Officer It has been a difficult year to say the least. If there’s one positive amid so many 2020 challenges, it’s that many Americans of all races are finally grappling with […]

Making Childcare Possible for All Families

The COVID-19 Response Fund supports childcare solutions for our region’s most vulnerable families. By Sally Gillis, Managing Director, Strategic Impact and Partnerships As parents face another uncertain school year, reliable childcare is needed more than ever. Childcare providers, who survived on thin margins before the pandemic, are now facing unprecedented challenges: decreased attendance because of […]

Re-Envisioning Health & Well-Being

Be part of a national effort to shape the future of health Author: Ceil Erickson, Director, Nonprofit Relations Seattle Foundation encourages everyone in the Puget Sound region to be part of a nationwide effort to design a bold, new future for health. Participation is easy and involves watching two videos and taking a brief survey. […]

Investing in Black-led Organizations

A new report presents key information gathered from Black-led organizations in King County. By Diana Paredes, Senior Learning Manager, and Jonathan Cunningham, Senior Program Officer In collaboration with Byrd Barr Place and Cardea Services, Seattle Foundation recently completed a report titled “The Case for Investing in King County’s Black-Led Organizations.” Between August 2019 and May […]

Investing in Black male students’ success

Supporting Seattle Public Schools’ efforts to dismantle a racist system By Sally Gillis, Managing Director, Strategic Impact and Partnerships For too long, racist education structures and systems in our city and country have stymied the success of Black students. The barriers to academic achievement are particularly high for young Black male students, who are disproportionately […]