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Tony Mestres accepts the Nonprofit of the Year award at Seattle Business Magazine's 2018 Community Impact Awards.

Seattle Foundation Named Nonprofit of the Year

November 01, 2018

Seattle Business Magazine recognizes organizations and companies for their impact at the Community Impact Awards

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Seattle Foundation Endorses Initiative 1631

October 22, 2018

Climate justice ballot measure would reduce pollution and increase clean energy jobs in Washington state

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Taking a Stand on Climate Justice

October 17, 2018

President & CEO Tony Mestres shares Seattle Foundation’s new Climate Justice Impact Strategy

Latest Blogs

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How to Help With California Fire Relief

November 13, 2018

A list of trusted organizations like local community foundations and disaster relief nonprofits that are working to help

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Local and National Groups Working to Decrease Gun Violence

November 08, 2018

A resource list of organizations working to reduce gun violence

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2018 Patsy Collins Award Recipients

November 08, 2018

Three teachers recognized for excellence in education, environment and community stewardship

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An Unexpected Journey to Homelessness

October 17, 2018

Tom McIntire, our lead on basic needs issues, shares a personal story and asks what our baseline is for who should receive help

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How Brown is the New White

October 05, 2018

Author and political analyst Steve Phillips reflects on how a new American majority in politics calls for changing the face and outcomes of elections

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Transforming Homelessness, One Coat at a Time

September 20, 2018

Veronika Scott’s Empowerment Plan finds success in providing a path out of homelessness

Seattle Foundation in the News

  • Working to boost low voter turnout in South Seattle

    November 03, 2018

    The Seattle Times

    Seattle’s southern region, just below the I-90 interchange, has the highest percentage of residents making under $25,000 as well as the city’s highest concentration of African Americans, Asians, Latinos and other people of color. Studies show less-affluent people and people of color around the country disproportionately decline to vote. The income pattern holds in South Seattle, where voter turnout is higher and more in line with city averages the closer you move to expensive Lake Washington waterfront property.

  • Nonprofits and Philanthropy Engage in Ballot Issue Campaigns Across the Nation

    November 02, 2018

    Nonprofit Quarterly

    The midterm elections will soon be upon us. In many states, citizens will vote not just for federal and state officials, but also on ballot initiatives. Nationally, there are 155 statewide measures in 37 states...Some nonprofits and foundations appear to have taken this message to heart. For example, for only the second time since its founding in 1946, the Seattle Foundation announced on October 22nd it was endorsing Initiative 1631, which would place a fee on carbon emissions to reduce fossil fuel use and finance renewable energy investment. In its statement, the foundation explained that support for the initiative was consistent with their climate justice impact strategy.

  • Community Impact Awards: Nonprofit of the Year

    October 25, 2018

    Seattle Business Magazine

    Seattle Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the United States and manages more than $1 billion in assets. In 2017, the foundation invested nearly $100 million in grants across the spectrum of community needs.