Seattle Foundation in the News

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  • Seattle Foundation grants $12.6 million to BIPOC-led organizations

    April 19, 2022

    KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM

    The Seattle Foundation has awarded $12.6 million through its Fund for Inclusive Recovery to 21 organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color individuals in an effort to immediately impact the greater Seattle region.

  • Seattle Foundation names new CEO after nationwide search

    March 30, 2022

    Puget Sound Business Journal

    Seattle Foundation has named a new CEO and president, concluding a nationwide search that started last summer.

  • Benefit concert on April 4 to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees

    March 24, 2022

    King 5

    Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, King County Executive Dow Constantine and 36 mayors from across King County will host the “Mayors’ Concert for Ukraine and Refugees Worldwide” to raise money to help Ukrainian refugees in Europe as well as Ukrainian and other refugees in King County. Funds raised by the concert will benefit the Seattle Refugee Fund, hosted by Seattle Foundation.

  • City Council Hears Pitch to Clear Homeless out of Downtown Seattle

    March 20, 2022

    Big Country News

    The anti-homelessness organization We Are In has created a proposal called “Partnership For Zero” to clear many homeless out of downtown Seattle. It was recently considered by members of the city council’s subcommittee on homelessness. Partners for Project For Zero include Mayor of Seattle Bruce Harrell, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ballmer Group and Seattle Foundation, among others.”

  • AuthenticID Announces $250K Donation to Battle Human Trafficking

    March 03, 2022

    Business Wire

    AuthenticID, the leading provider of identity proofing and fraud prevention solutions for large enterprises, announced it is establishing a Donor Advised Fund with Seattle Foundation with an initial donation of $250,000 to support non-profit organizations across the country in their efforts to combat human trafficking.

  • JPMorgan funds effort to boost Black homeownership in Seattle area

    March 01, 2022

    The Seattle Times

    JPMorgan Chase will direct $1.95 million toward a Black homeownership initiative organized by Seattle Foundation’s Civic Commons. Exact uses of the money are still being determined, but the funds mark the beginning of a new effort to address a longstanding problem. The initiative will join several other efforts to increase Black homeownership in the region.

  • Construction starts soon on Microsoft-supported housing project in Kirkland

    February 24, 2022

    Puget Sound Business Journal

    A national real estate company said Wednesday it will start building Grata at Totem Lake, a $50 million affordable housing project in Kirkland in the coming months. The development is supported by the Evergreen Impact Housing Fund, which received a $50 million investment from Microsoft last year. Seattle Foundation manages this fund.

  • Seahawks Players Equality & Justice For All Action Fund Announces 2022 Grants

    February 24, 2022

    In 2021, in partnership with the Seattle Foundation, the Seahawks players launched a college scholarship fund to support career opportunities for students who have overcome significant adversity, with preference given to students of color and first-generation college students from Tacoma, Seattle, Renton, Bellevue and Kent School Districts. In February 2022, the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund handed out another round of grants to five organizations, as well as the Players Fund Scholarship, totaling $250,000.

  • Seattle-area corporations, billionaires give $10M to address homelessness downtown

    February 17, 2022

    Seattle Times

    Corporations and philanthropists intend to spend more than $10 million in an effort to dramatically decrease homelessness downtown and in the Chinatown International District. Their investment will help set up and fund a team from the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority, designed to triage and alleviate homeless camping from Belltown to Little Saigon.

  • Dr. Benjamin Danielson: 'Profound trauma and joy can coexist'

    December 29, 2021

    Puget Sound Business Journal

    Seattle Foundation Board member Dr. Ben Danielson speaks about the development of the Allies in Healthier Systems for Health and Abundance in Youth (AHSHAY).

  • 100 of the Most Influential People in Seattle

    December 09, 2021

    Seattle Met

    Seattle Met's full list of politicians, chefs, scientists, athletes, tech titans, and other local leaders who shape the most vital components of our city, including 3 Seattle Foundation Trustees! This list names Colleen Echohawk, Trish Millines Dziko, and Ben Danielson as local leaders who continue to shape the most vital components of our city.

  • 2022 Global Philanthropy Guide

    November 17, 2021


    Washington State organizations working globally to improve lives. Download a copy of Global Washington's 2022 Global Philanthropy Guide, created in partnership with The Seattle Foundation.

  • Inslee heads to airport to welcome Afghan refugees arriving in Washington while many more are on their way

    October 22, 2021

    The Spokesman Review

    Inslee welcomed arriving Afghans at an event at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s Afghan Welcome Center on Friday. He was joined by leaders from the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Airbnb, the Seattle Foundation and Washington’s refugee resettlement agencies.

  • Evergreen Impact Housing Fund Announces Financing of First Affordable Housing Units

    September 21, 2021

    The Evergreen Impact Housing Fund (EIHF) has reached a milestone with the financing of its first project, Solera. This innovative fund will help develop Solera’s 277 affordable housing units by filling a critical financing gap. These units will be leased to households earning, on average, 50% of King County annual median income, or approximately $54,000-$58,000.

  • Mixed-income housing project breaks ground in Renton Highlands neighborhood

    September 01, 2021

    Renton Reporter

    A new development that aims to transform a block in the Renton Highlands neighborhood while meeting the housing needs of working families broke ground Tuesday, Aug. 31. Solera is financed through a unique combination of private capital and public funding and is in part made possible through the Evergreen Impact Housing Fund. The EIHF is a collaboration between the Seattle Foundation and five area credit unions 

  • Upbeat image of massive Best Starts for Kids levy doesn’t tell King County voters full story

    July 15, 2021

    The Seattle Times

    David Bley, interim chief executive of the Seattle Foundation, speaks about the Best Starts for Kids levy.

  • My Passion for Health Equity and Doing Differently

    May 25, 2021

    Former Seattle Foundation CEO Tony Mestres speaks about his work at Seattle Foundation, along with four fundamental lessons on inequity in his years working in and with community.

  • In Washington State, Funders Get Behind a Campaign to Improve Vaccine Equity

    April 20, 2021

    Inside Philanthropy

    According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report, “there is a consistent pattern across states of Black and Hispanic people receiving smaller shares of vaccinations compared to their shares of cases and deaths and compared to their shares of the total population.” In response, All In WA, a coalition of community groups, businesses and philanthropies, launched its Vaccine Equity Initiative to improve access to COVID vaccines.

  • Seattle Foundations outgoing CEO Tony Mestres reflects on his tenure

    April 20, 2021

    Puget Sound Business Journal

    Seattle Foundation CEO Tony Mestres calls the pandemic "a wake-up call to do differently in philanthropy, innovation in health and creating a more equitable economy." He leaves the foundation May 1 to become president of Truveta, a data-driven health startup.

  • Seattle Foundation names Sacramento United Way CEO to new position

    March 29, 2021

    Puget Sound Business Journal

    Seattle Foundation has named Stephanie McLemore Bray, president and CEO of the United Way chapter in Sacramento, California, as its chief engagement officer. She starts on May 10.

  • Nearly $1 million effort to fight voter suppression

    March 11, 2021

    Northwest Asian Weekly

    A $950,000 fund offered by King County Elections and Seattle Foundation will sponsor voter education and registration. The fund is available for organizations that can spread the word about the power of voting. Targeting communities that have been historically excluded, organizations can apply for grants between now and April 2 to conduct voter education.

  • New Initiative Will Drive Investments To Black, Indigenous, And Communities Of Color In The Greater Seattle Region

    March 09, 2021

    PR Newswire

    The Fund for Inclusive Recovery will take actionable steps toward an inclusive recovery from COVID-19

  • Mariners give Seattle Foundation $100K

    March 09, 2021


    The Seattle Foundation received a grant from the Mariners on Tuesday for $100,000, which will be used toward the newly-announced Fund for Inclusive Recovery, a program unveiled Tuesday that will address widening inequities in the Puget Sound community that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the grant, the Mariners will work with the Seattle Foundation to leverage existing partnerships and assets to broaden awareness and engagement in the Fund.

  • Seattle Foundation CEO will leave for role at health care startup

    March 02, 2021

    Puget Sound Business Journal

    Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres is leaving after seven years as head of the organization to become president of Truveta, a data-driven health provider with a vision to save lives with data.

  • Seahawks Players Equality & Justice For All Action Fund awards $500,000

    February 17, 2021


    Seattle Seahawks players made a pledge in June to donate $500,000 to organizations supporting social justice causes and local youth. The Seahawks Players Fund has now announced the beneficiaries of the grants. Half of the funds ($250,000) will be used to created scholarships in partnership with Seattle Foundation and will now be called The Seahawks Players’ Equality & Justice for All Scholarship Fund.

  • Washington fund aims to boost COVID-19 vaccine equity in BIPOC, rural communities

    February 15, 2021

    King 5

    Washington’s new Vaccine Equity Fund partners with community-based organizations to vaccinate communities hit hardest by COVID-19.

  • Michelle Purnell-Hepburn, recipient of 2021 Spratlen Legacy honor on urban growth and inclusion

    February 04, 2021

    Vast Institute

    The Spratlen Legacy Award, established in 2016 by the Association of Black Business Students (ABBS) recognize UW Foster alumni making an impact on the African American community. Read Michelle's perspective on improving Modern Urban Life as we celebrate Black History Month.

  • Stories of Hope in a Challenging Time

    January 25, 2021

    The Seattle Times

    COVID-19 created a series of challenges we will continue to face in 2021 and beyond. Disparities that existed before the pandemic have widened, leaving many with uncertain futures. Read stories of hope from Seattle Foundation and nonprofits in our region.

  • Feeding Washington: Facing food insecurity head on

    January 24, 2021

    The Seattle Times

    The Seattle Foundation, among the oldest and largest community foundations in the region, launched the COVID-19 Response Fund in early March to respond to immediate needs, including food insecurity.

  • Seahawks Players Equality & Justice For All Action Fund Awards $500,000 In Grants & Scholarships

    January 05, 2021

    Seattle Seahawks

    The Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund announced the recipients of $500,000 in grants and scholarships that it pledged last summer; $250,000 of it has been allocated to a college scholarship fund created in partnership with Seattle Foundation, which will be called The Seahawks Players' Equality & Justice for All Scholarship Fund.