Lifetime Philanthropy

Giving while you are living proves the ripple effect, as the generosity of a single person can expand to make a community-wide impact.

man leaning on fence

Simplify your giving. Strengthen your impact.

You can realize both of these aims when you partner with Seattle Foundation. We enable philanthropists to realize the nexus of values, interests and wealth with proven philanthropic strategies that deliver measurable community impact. Our effective philanthropic advising, deep community knowledge, powerful civic leadership and judicious stewardship of assets empower you to create change in the causes that matter to you most. And, our efficient online account administration services make giving easy and convenient.

I. Community Philanthropy Fund

Establishing a Community Philanthropy Fund offers an effective way to support your interests with the added benefit of our decades of community knowledge and efficient administrative support. 

Leveraging the popular structure of a donor advised fund, a Community Philanthropy Fund invites individuals and families to actively engage in grantmaking. With the guidance of an experienced Philanthropic Advisor, you identify the nonprofit organizations you wish to support and Seattle Foundation handles the administration. You receive immediate tax benefits upon opening your fund and your dollars will be invested, creating the potential for you to give more over time.  

II. Family or Personal Foundation

A Family Foundation is a powerful way to bring family together around the shared values of generosity and community. Our skilled Philanthropic Advisors, deep local knowledge, and efficient administrative support enable your family philanthropy to be a powerful and effective way to build ties across generations and make meaningful community impact.

This structure provides many of the desirable features of a private foundation while utilizing the more streamlined donor advised fund structure.

Be an active participant in grantmaking

With both a Community Philanthropy Fund and a Family Foundation, you play an active role in choosing grant recipients. With these funds, you select an area of interest and we use our expertise and deep community roots to select appropriate organizations and strategies to fund. Grants from your funds are always used to fulfill your original intent.