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  • King County Program Works to Reduce Inequities in Voting Access

    October 17, 2019

    It's a defining principle of democracy - the right to vote. Unfortunately, in many underserved communities of Seattle and King County, that right is not being exercised. But the effort to turn out the vote is getting substantial help.

  • How are Eastside nonprofit leaders supporting Census 2020?

    October 04, 2019

    Bellevue Reporter

    On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Bellevue Public Library hosted “More Than a Headcount: Activating Communities for Census 2020,” a panel discussion organized by the Seattle Foundation.

  • Network of Community Foundations Hopes to Attract 'Big Bet' Money from Foundations

    October 03, 2019

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    Tony Mestres is shopping around an investment prospectus to his city’s business elite. But his portfolio doesn’t include a mix of hedge funds, corporate stocks, and private equity, and he’s not trying to score a bonanza in the financial markets.

  • Vote with Vera

    August 22, 2019

    The Stranger

    The Vera Project is hosting Vote with Vera: Cast an Anti-Racist Ballot featuring Kimya Dawson, Summer Cannibals, Nikkita 'KO' Oliver, and special guests on Thursday, October 3rd from 6:30-11PM.

  • Project Aims to Boost Care for Opioid Use Among Homeless

    August 22, 2019

    Mirage News

    The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) today announced the Meds-First Initiative that expands an innovative approach to treating opioid-use disorder for high-acuity populations to four locations in Washington.

  • The 2019 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50

    August 02, 2019

    The NonProfit Times

    It just always works out this way. It’s never intended but a theme always emerges as the nominations for the annual NPT Power & Influence Top 50 come in and are discussed. Two trends quickly emerged for 2019. There is plenty of innovation popping in the Pacific Northwest and need is evolving missions into initially unimagined domains throughout the nation.

  • Daring Women: Kris Hermanns Says Leaders Must Learn to Make Good Decisions in an Ambiguous World

    July 31, 2019

    Seattle Business Magazine

    This past January, Hermanns took on the role of chief impact officer at the Seattle Foundation, an executive position that entails overseeing the foundation’s existing philanthropic and program initiatives as well as developing new strategies and innovative programs.

  • Mobile Pet Clinic Treats Pets of Those Experiencing Homelessness

    July 17, 2019

    Real Change

    Dr. Hanna Ekstrom recently set out to “serve the under-served” — and their four-legged friends, who serve them in so many ways. Ekstrom parked her mobile vet clinic in front of the Real Change office on Main Street on July 10, unrolled a Seattle Veternary Outreach banner, set up a covering to protect her staff from the rain and used a chalkboard as a waiting list. Vendors signed in with theirs and their pets’ names to get free veterinary service.

  • Seattle Foundation's and Philanthropy Northwest's Census Outreach Efforts Invest $1.5 Million to Support Hard-to-Count Communities in Washington State

    June 27, 2019

    Yahoo Finance

    While the Supreme Court's ruling today delays a decision on the inclusion of a citizenship question in United States Census 2020, two coalitions involving foundations and local government are announcing more than $1.5 million in grant awards to enable community-based organizations to conduct outreach and build confidence in hard-to-count communities in Greater Seattle and across Washington state. 

  • Second Generation: The Daughters of an Early Microsoft Employee Explain Family Giving

    June 11, 2019

    Inside Philanthropy

    Early Microsoft employee Rao Remala and his wife Satya first established a donor-advised fund at the Seattle Foundation, and in 1998, a family foundation called the Satya and Rao Remala Foundation, which gave away around $581,000 in a recent year. Inside Philanthropy spoke with the next-gen Remala sisters to find out more about how the family’s philanthropy has evolved and deepened through the years, and its current two-pronged focus areas of education and health.

  • King County grants seek to help hard-to-reach voters

    May 28, 2019


    Eleven groups are receiving the Voter Education Fund engagement grant for the first time. King County and the Seattle Foundation say this cycle of grant recipients put an increased emphasis on reaching people with disabilities, as well as African American and Native American voters, and residents of South King County.

  • Bellevue commits $50,000 for census outreach

    May 27, 2019

    Bellevue Reporter

    The city of Bellevue is contributing $50,000 to the regional census fund, administered and supported by Seattle Foundation, to support outreach to what the city identifies as “hard to count” communities. Bellevue joins Seattle Foundation, the City of Seattle and King County as funders of this effort.

  • “A Great Contributor In So Many Ways,” Doug Baldwin Made A Difference On The Field And Off

    May 10, 2019

    Baldwin went from undrafted in 2011 to becoming one the best receivers in franchise history, but his on-field performance is just a small part of his Seahawks legacy. For all Baldwin accomplished on the field, his bigger contribution to the region might be all the work he did off the field, fighting for justice and equality, working to connect law enforcement agencies with the communities they serve, giving his time and money to important political causes, and working with King County and the City of Renton to build a community center ... Later that year, the Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, partnering with the Seattle Foundation, awarded grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 to seven non-profit organizations focused on education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice.

  • Grow Seattle: Seattle Foundation CEO Tony Mestres wants the city’s problems debated with brutal honesty

    May 10, 2019

    Puget Sound Business Journal

    As head of Seattle Foundation, Tony Mestres has a front-row seat to observe the Puget Sound region’s growing pains, which are more acute than ever before. Formerly a Microsoft vice president, Mestres now leads the state’s second largest grant maker, which last year invested a record $141 million in more than 2,000 organizations — critical for a community grappling with complex issues like education, transportation, housing and an income inequality gap so wide you see it on the streets. Less palpable is the lagging pace of philanthropy in greater Seattle, which is surprising given the region is known for its progressive values.

  • GiveBIG continues long tradition of raising money for Seattle nonprofits

    May 03, 2019

    King 5 News

    This year, GiveBIG donors can make their donations on May 8 or schedule donations ahead of time, when it’s convenient and top of mind. The campaign had previously been hosted by the Seattle Foundation, raising about $113 million over the last eight years. After the foundation announced its retirement of GiveBIG, a group of about 100 nonprofits rallied together to find a new home for the beloved fundraiser.

  • An accurate census will require local outreach

    April 28, 2019

    The Seattle Times

    The U.S. Supreme Court should reject the Trump administration’s bid to add a citizenship question to the upcoming census. That question will undermine the census’ constitutionally mandated goal of accurately counting how many persons – not citizens – live in the United States ... If the Supreme Court chooses partisan gain over the Constitution, the best hope communities have is with education and outreach. Seattle, King County and the Seattle Foundation have dedicated $1 million to engaging historically undercounted populations

  • How The Seattle Times is working with the Seattle Foundation to raise millions for its investigative work

    April 22, 2019

    Nieman Lab

    A growing partnership between The Seattle Times and the Seattle Foundation is one example of how local philanthropy has partially helped a challenged newspaper raise $5 million since 2013. Now The Seattle Times is looking to add $500,000 more in crowdfunding from small supporters and those civically passionate “longtime subscribers” to beef up its investigative team — and the Seattle Foundation is happy to be its nonprofit savings account.

  • Daring Women: Kris Hermanns

    April 17, 2019

    Seattle Business Magazine

    Kris Hermanns says leaders must learn to make good decisions in an ambiguous world. The Seattle Foundation executive believes it’s important to recognize that ‘individuals and groups may have different truths.’

  • Seattle Times launches Investigative Journalism Fund

    April 15, 2019

    The Seattle Times

    The Seattle Times launched an Investigative Journalism Fund, an innovative community-funded initiative with the Seattle Foundation to support investigative journalism. The Times is aiming to ensure the future of local investigative journalism and protect and expand the ambitious, rigorously reported work that is critical to a healthy democracy by seeking out community funders and personal champions of a free press.

  • Constantine, Durkan, and Seattle Foundation announce first-ever $1 million regional census fund

    April 05, 2019

    Northwest Asian Weekly

    Joined by community members at Seattle’s El Centro de la Raza, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, and Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres created the first-ever Regional Census Fund (RCF) to provide $1 million in funding to help community organizations prepare for the 2020 Census, which will be conducted next year in 2020.

  • ‘There’s so much at stake’: Seattle-area officials announce $1 million fund ahead of 2020 census

    April 01, 2019

    The Seattle Times

    Seattle, King County and the Seattle Foundation will together award $1 million in funding this summer to community organizations for outreach, Locke said. The tally will help determine how much federal funding the state receives and whether the Seattle area is awarded an additional member of Congress.

  • How Seattle plans to count everyone in the next census

    April 01, 2019


    One year until the 2020 Census, Seattle leaders are working to get people counted who historically have not been: immigrants, LGBTQ people, homeless individuals, and people of color, who are often under-counted in censuses. Monday, local officials announced they're giving one million dollars to community groups to do outreach in order to encourage people from those groups to fill out next year's survey.

  • Regional Census Fund helps community-based organizations prepare for the 2020 Census

    April 01, 2019

    Seattle Channel

    King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, and Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres announce a Regional Census Fund to help community-based organizations prepare for the United States 2020 Census, which will be conducted one year from now: April 1, 2020.

  • Op-ed: Is Washington ready for Census 2020? Billions are riding on it

    March 31, 2019

    The Seattle Times

    We’re one year away from the nationwide start of Census 2020, and we have only one chance to get it right. This legislative session, lawmakers have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to ensure an accurate count of Washington communities, by fully funding the people and infrastructure for a robust and accurate Census 2020 count.

  • Town Square: Waterfront Forum

    March 13, 2019

    Seattle Channel

    This video showcasing the Waterfront Park Thought Forum (presented by Laird Norton Wealth Management) shares the economic, cultural and equity benefits of the 26-block public-private park. Seattle Foundation President & CEO Tony Mestres participated in a panel discussion and announced the Foundation's $500,000 commitment to support vibrant, equitable programming for all in the park. 

  • Models In Philanthropy: Tony Mestres On Community Foundations

    February 15, 2019

    Giving Compass

    In this podcast, Seattle Foundation President & CEO Tony Mestres talks with Paul Shoemaker, founding president of Social Venture Partners, about the history and role of community foundations. Mestres also shares his thoughts on leadership and philanthropy gaps and tackling complex social issues like homelessness.

  • CID-based and API organizations receive funds from Seattle Foundation for addressing racial justice through the creative arts

    February 07, 2019

    International Examiner

    Totem Star, along with three other Asian Pacific Islander American-serving or Asian Pacific Islander American-led outfits like the Wing Luke Museum, 21 Progress, and the International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF Seattle), are among a total of 14 groups to receive funding from the Seattle Foundation’s pilot initiative, the Creative Equity Fund. The fund, launched in 2018, awarded $200,000 in grant money to those using arts and culture as a strategy to address structural racism.

  • ‘Voting is a duty as a citizen’: Getting new Seattle-area immigrants to cast ballots

    January 03, 2019

    The Seattle Times

    In Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), Tuyet Nguyen found a place to teach ... She’s recently taken on another subject: getting other immigrant voters involved in the election process. Nguyen is one of several volunteers who help propel ACRS’ grass-roots voter-engagement program, which aims to get Washington immigrants and residents of Asian and Pacific Islander descent more involved in civic life.

  • Greater Seattle punches below its weight in philanthropy

    December 14, 2018

    The Seattle Times

    We’ve all heard about the many accolades Greater Seattle has earned in recent years. We rank high on lists of Best Places to Live, Fittest Cities, Best Cities to Find a Job and Most Caring Cities. However, we are not one of the most generous cities in the nation, despite a common perception that we are. It’s time to bust that myth.

  • Transparency and trust are key to the success and storytelling of Fund For The Needy

    November 15, 2018

    The Seattle Times

    It all starts with choosing the agencies who will receive the donations ...The agencies are vetted every two years by The Seattle Foundation, which manages donations of about 1,200 family, individual and corporate philanthropies in the region, according to Mary Grace Roske, the Seattle Foundation’s chief brand officer.