Communities of Opportunity

Improving health and well-being within ethnically and geographically diverse communities across Greater Seattle.

Kids running home from school


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 or contact Alice Ito at a.ito@seattlefoundation.org.

Impact

The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

Patient Sor Sre Nichuf's broken leg was repaired by Dr. Lewis Zirkle

Powering Change: Dr. Lewis Zirkle

January 18, 2018

Philanthropist Lewis Zirkle heals the bones of patients in developing countries with life-changing surgery 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surrounded by supporters during the March on Washington.

Martin Luther King Day 2018

January 11, 2018

50 years after Dr. King’s death, the need for greater racial equity and economic opportunity is still pressing

Participants enjoy social time, conversation and a healthy meal through ICHS’ community kitchen events

Health and Wellness: A Whole Person Approach

January 10, 2018

Our Heart & Science magazine highlights International Community Health Services' work to address the social determinants that create better health outcomes