Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N)

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Building leadership among community members to organize and lead positive change in their communities.

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*Photo Credit: Our Future Matters/YES Foundation and Mel Ponder 

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) is founded on the core values of Seattle Foundation: equity and opportunity. 

N2N supports grassroots efforts that increase engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities. Begun in 1991, N2N is a grant and technical assistance program and a key strategy of Seattle Foundation’s Center for Community Partnerships. Serving community-based organizations in South Seattle, White Center and Kent, N2N plays a crucial role in supporting the Foundation’s mission: to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

For more in-depth yearly reports on the annual N2N grantee convenings & more, check out Documenting what we’ve learned from Community below.

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In celebration of N2N’s 30th year anniversary, together with the South Seattle Emerald, N2N produced a commemorative booklet of our community story-  highlighting our grantees, partners, staff, funders and overall 30 year commitment to advancing racial equity. Learn & read more below.

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About Neighbor to Neighbor

N2N reimagines community philanthropy. We connect community advocates with funders, foundation peers, and other partners. N2N’s grants program bolsters the leadership capacity of grassroots organizations and brings groups together to strengthen authentic collaboration and learning.

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N2N supports grassroots efforts that lead to increased engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities. Priority is on efforts led by people from communities of color, black, Native, indigenous, immigrant/refugee and low income communities.

Documenting what we’ve learned from Community

N2N piloted an effort to support a cohort of ten past N2N grantees to pursue self-determined social change projects aimed at building community power and shifting local conditions towards greater racial equity. The 2020 report tells the story of how this project was designed by the community, elevates the grantees’ successes, and offers recommendations to the broader funding community: 

April 2020: Advancing Racial Equity Cohort Project Learnings

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The annual N2N grantee convenings began in 2015 as a way to lift up the expertise of the N2N community and share their experiences and knowledge in order to advance racial and economic equity. Convenings include aligned partners and funders, celebrate culture and neighborhood diversity and dedicate time for both facilitated conversations and open networking. These Reports share the highlights of the conversations and offer recommendations on how to continue to support grassroots communities of color.

- June 2019: N2N Grantee Convening Report
May 2018: N2N Grantee Convening Report
November 2017: N2N Grantee Convening Report
November 2016: N2N Grantee Convening Report
December 2015: N2N Grantee Convening Report

In the Community

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Neighbor to Neighbor expands to SeaTac/Tukwila

October 12, 2022

SeaTac/Tukwila communities are creating a region where residents work together so everyone thrives; N2N's expansion aims to bolster their efforts with support and new investments.

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Neighbor to Neighbor Spotlight Summer 2022: Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education

September 23, 2022

Centering the power of community is critical when providing safe and culturally responsive spaces for Black youth. Bringing community voice back to the education of Black students is one way to help close the racial disparity seen in classrooms.


Honoring Pillars of this Community

August 29, 2022

“Liberated relationships are one of the ways we actually create abundant justice, the understanding that there is enough attention, care, resource, and connection for all of us to access belonging, to be in our dignity, and to be safe in community.” ― adrienne maree brown