This is the heart of Seattle Foundation's vision for a just community.

The science emerges when we use knowledge and data to catalyze funding, convene leaders and communicate to transform this vision into the genuine reality experienced by all those living in Greater Seattle.

We work at the intersection of the public and private sectors to ignite powerful investments and effective partnerships for social change. Understanding that social problems are products of networks of cause and effect at a policy and structural level, we focus on advancing systems change as the most effective way to achieve equity and opportunity.

Guiding our work is our strategic, Healthy Community framework, comprising eight areas of human rights and community life:

Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Education, Economic Opportunity, Environment, Global Giving, Health & Wellness and Vibrant Communities.

 

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Within each element, Seattle Foundation’s team has identified targeted strategies where philanthropic investment can have measurable impact.

Environment Health & Wellness Education Economy Vibrant Communities Global Giving Arts & Culture Basic Needs

CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTHY COMMUNITY FUNDS

Avenues for Impact

Lasting change is achieved when philanthropic investment is combined with smart strategies and meaningful community engagement. Explore three ways Seattle Foundation is working to make our community a better place.

Center for Community Partnerships

The Center for Community Partnerships is the focal point of Seattle Foundation’s work to create equality of opportunity. The Center advances policies and programs aimed at reducing racial, economic and social inequities in Greater Seattle.

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Incubating Nonprofits

Seattle Foundation has long served as early investor and incubator for new nonprofit organizations. Learn more about the strategic support provided that helps these early-stage nonprofits and funder collaboratives.

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Impact Investing

Leverage the power of the private sector to increase community good. This powerful philanthropic strategy involves investing your funds with the expectation of social and financial returns.

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Impact

The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

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Holocaust-Inspired Student Art at Seattle Foundation

February 21, 2018

Holocaust Center for Humanity exhibits winning works by youth that explore social justice

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Tony Mestres, the Cha-Cha and Plymouth Housing

February 19, 2018

President & CEO Tony Mestres will compete in “Seattle Dances” to raise funds to support Plymouth Housing Group’s programs and services

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"New Localism" Lands in Seattle

February 15, 2018

Bruce Katz discusses where the real power to create change lies and how it can be used to address our communities' most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges.

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