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Blueprint for Impact

We envision a thriving region of shared prosperity, belonging, and justice

The Blueprint for Impact is Seattle Foundation’s guiding framework that charts a pathway for advancing racial and economic equity. Informed by decades of partnership with local nonprofit organizations, it is our approach to grantmaking and civic leadership, built on Seattle Foundation’s relationships with diverse communities, candid feedback, and our partners’ deep expertise.

Our region has undergone unprecedented economic growth while racial and wealth disparities have increased, and the compounding crises of 2020 — from the COVID-19 pandemic to our nation’s racial reckoning — have only accelerated inequities. The Blueprint for Impact is informed by lessons from our past, bolstered by data revealing stark racial inequities among Black, Indigenous, People of Color and under-resourced communities, and encouraged by the belief that centering equity in our work will lead to a better future for all.

Three Pillars of a Thriving Region

A Just Democracy

Ensures individuals and communities are fairly represented and hold political power such that policies and processes center those most impacted by inequities

Equitable Economy

Ensures inclusive growth and fundamental financial security for individuals and communities

Resilient Environment

Ensures that individuals and communities thrive in a healthy-built and natural environment

Blueprint in Action

Small group of women, seated, in conversation with another individuals out of the frame / photo courtesy of King County

Core Programs

Guided by the Blueprint for Impact framework, Seattle Foundation’s Core Programs fund, convene, and partner collaboratively with nonprofits, coalitions, and initiatives at all levels of systems change.

Civic Leadership

Seattle Foundation does more than invest money in our community. We use our expertise, leadership, and voice to empower people to change policies and systems in ways that will create greater racial and economic equity.


REPAIR is a framework for advancing and supporting Black-led community leadership. To acknowledge and account for the harm that philanthropic under-investment has caused the Black community for generations, we are investing $25 million in Black-led organizations over the next 5 years.