Building A Healthy Community

Grantmaking is a major way Seattle Foundation invests in the future of Greater Seattle. Each year, we award grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations working to make meaningful and lasting change in our community. We vet these organizations carefully and stay in close touch. We make site visits, collaborate on community initiatives and ensure that each grant is used for maximum impact.

To guide these decisions, we worked with our network of partners to develop the Healthy Community Framework, which identifies eight essential aspects of society that must be supported in order for a community to thrive.

Healthy Community Framework

The Healthy Community Framework helps us determine how we invest in our region. Join us in making an impact by selecting the area of need you care most passionately about and targeting your giving to the associated Healthy Community Fund.

Visit our Giving Center to find a community nonprofit.

  • Basic Needs
    • Increasing access to affordable housing and nutritious food, and reducing the number of people living on the street

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  • Health & Wellness
    • Easing access to health care and health care delivery services, and addressing the health needs of high-risk populations

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  • Neighborhoods & Communities
    • Fostering civic engagement, community action and community connections

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  • Economy
    • Facilitating adult education, financial stability and small business support for the disadvantaged

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  • Arts & Culture
    • Promoting arts spaces, arts engagement, arts education and arts access for all members of our community

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  • Education
    • Supporting student success, college and career readiness and successful public schools

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  • Environment
    • Working toward a healthy Puget Sound, environmental sustainability and community commitment to improving environmental health

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  • Global Giving
    • Facilitating worldwide poverty alleviation, nonprofit capacity building, policy reform and advocacy in developing countries

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More Avenues for Impact

Lasting change is achieved when philanthropic investment is combined with smart strategies and meaningful community engagement. Explore three ways Seattle Foundation is working to make our community a better place.

Center for Community Partnerships

The Center for Community Partnerships is the focal point of Seattle Foundation’s work to create equality of opportunity. The Center advances policies and programs aimed at reducing racial, economic and social inequities in Greater Seattle.

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Seattle Foundation helps philanthropists with common interests to unite, learn and invest in promising organizations and programs. We connect you with like-minded people and guide collective giving to make a bigger impact in the areas that matter to you most.

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Impact Investing

Leverage the power of the private sector to increase community good. This powerful philanthropic strategy involves investing your funds with the expectation of social and financial returns.


Success stories

Seattle Foundation is focused on meaningful, measurable change. See how the generosity of community investors and our strategies have combined to make a difference in our community.



The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

GiveBIG 2016 Exceeds Goals - Delivers Lift for Many Local Nonprofits

May 05, 2016

Based on preliminary figures, GiveBIG 2016 generated a record $21 million in contributions to nonprofits.

All Children Deserve to Grow Up Knowing There is a Place Called Home

May 06, 2016

A Mother's Day guest post by Janet St. Clair

Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community

March 09, 2016

"Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." – John Steinbeck

Be a catalyst

Tell us about yourself and how you’d like to invest in your community. A Seattle Foundation philanthropic advisor will be in touch shortly.