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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What We've Learned about Homelessness and Race

May 19, 2019

A group of local experts shares how we must face race to solve homelessness and affordable housing

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Summer Learning Programs Benefit Kids

May 14, 2019

Supporting summer programs for kids can prevent learning loss and provide healthy food

Maya Soetoro-Ng reads her children's book aloud

A Visit with Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

May 08, 2019

The sister of President Barack Obama and daughter of Stanley Ann Dunham shares wisdom for empowering the next generation of women leaders and scholars