Philanthropy has the power to ensure all people have an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. Seattle Foundation provides the expertise, network of partners and research that enables philanthropists to maximize their impact in meeting our community’s most critical needs. Every day, we convene, communicate with and catalyze our philanthropic partners, uniting passion and discipline to create lasting change. We call this intersection the heart and science of philanthropy.

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  • 1,200

    Number of community philanthropists working with Seattle Foundation to create lasting change

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  • Nearly $1 billion

    Total amount Seattle Foundation has invested over the past 70 years to help make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all

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  • $56M

    Total funds raised the past 5 years via Seattle Foundation’s annual GiveBig online event

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  • 10,000

    Approximate number of men, women and children who sleep on the street, stay in homeless shelters or find temporary shelter each night in King County

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  • 20–25%

    Estimated percentage of homeless people nationally who are living with mental illness

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Philanthropy is critical

Our region is prospering, yet many of our community members have been left behind in the rush of new opportunities and wealth. Philanthropy can help right this imbalance by ensuring that everyone in our community has the chance to thrive. Seattle Foundation guides philanthropists to make investments that directly address inequities and result in powerful change.

Impact

The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

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Reinventing Philanthropy

January 19, 2017

The Seattle region faces a defining moment, writes Foundation President & CEO Tony Mestres in Seattle Business Magazine, and now is the time for philanthropy to direct its time and investment to sustainable prevention and systems reinvention.

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Element Notes

January 18, 2017

In this roundup, refugee services on inauguration day, Inslee’s budget proposal, a win (for now) against coal exporting and how the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act will affect Washington.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reflections

January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day allows us all, as individuals and organizations, to reflect on how we live out the values that our nation honors today.