Interesting Ways That Interest Rates Affect Charitable Gifts

Donors can increase their giving by strategizing around federal discount rates. By Bill Zook, Senior Advisor, Gift Planning High or low, rising or falling, interest rates in the broader economy can have either a direct or an indirect impact on various charitable giving arrangements. In some cases, the impact can be sizeable, while in others […]

Focusing on Year-end vs. on the (Potential) End of an Era

Given the broad consensus that new rules affecting charitable giving are in the offing, it may be tempting to plan based on what may change and when. It remains worth considering what can be achieved under current law. As the year’s end approaches, here are a few attractive approaches. By Bill Zook, Senior Advisor, Gift Planning […]

Leading the Way: Leveraging a Charitable Lead Trust for Greater Impact

Understand how partnering with Seattle Foundation and utilizing a Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) can provide resources to local communities and help donors achieve a variety of personal financial goals. By Bill Zook, senior advisor, gift planning Many donors are examining their giving practices and looking for ways to support Black, Indigenous, and people of color […]

Fueling Learning Through Impact Investing: 2020 Successes of the Early Learning Facilities Fund

Now more than ever, our community needs high-quality early childhood education that strengthens the stability and resilience of children, families, and our community. Learn how impact investing has fueled the creation of jobs and early learning spaces over the past year and what’s ahead for this work. By Stephen Robinson, Senior Philanthropic Advisor In early […]

Seattle Foundation Statement on Murders in Georgia and Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence

Seattle Foundation joins millions in condemning anti-Asian hate crimes and violence, and mourning tragic loss of life in Georgia. Our region and our country have witnessed violent, hateful, and deeply alarming acts against the Asian American community. Here in the Seattle region, where Asian Americans make up roughly 18% of King County’s population, members of […]

Tax Updates for 2021 Giving

Legislation enacted at the end of 2020 to provide additional COVID-19 relief has implications for charitable gifts made in 2021. By Bill Zook, senior advisor, gift planning, and Allison Parker, managing director, philanthropy strategies Legislation enacted in the closing days of 2020 to provide additional COVID-19 relief and fund the federal government for the better […]

Announcing new Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) pool for Seattle Foundation philanthropists

Seattle Foundation announces a restructured Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Pool, managed by OpenInvest, which aligns with the three pillars of Seattle Foundation’s Blueprint for Impact: A Just Democracy, Equitable Economy, Resilient Environment. By Allison Parker, managing director, philanthropy strategies, and Alyssa Farber, interimChief Financial Operating Officer We’re excited to announce a restructured Socially Responsible Investment […]

Seattle Foundation to invest $1M in the Opportunity Center at Othello Square

Opportunity Center at Othello Square is dedicated to opening the door to home ownership for communities that have been historically excluded from its benefits. By Kris Hermanns, chief impact officer, and Allison Parker, managing director, philanthropy strategies The Opportunity Center at Othello Square is dedicated to opening the door to home ownership for communities that […]

2020 Year-end Giving and Estate Planning Strategies

Seattle Foundation’s team is here to help take the stress and confusion out of year-end giving, especially which assets to give and when to make a gift. By Allison Parker, managing director, philanthropy strategies The season of generosity is upon us. Seattle Foundation’s team is here to help take the stress and confusion out of […]