Supporting thriving, diverse communities.

Supporting thriving, diverse communities.

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Democracy depends on thriving, diverse communities that care about the greater good, including a strong nonprofit ecosystem that values equity and has the capacity to tackle big problems. That is why our Community Engagement team provides a range of grants to community and civic groups in the greater Seattle region, including grants to build capacity and leadership at organizations like the Rainier Valley Corps, Puget Sound Sage, Washington Global Health Alliance, Philanthropy Northwest, Seattle CityClub, and many more.

In 2012, we launched a Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) partnership with Philanthropy Northwest, which empowers a network of local philanthropy organizations across Washington State — all working together to address local, pressing needs. These community foundations, United Ways, and organizations serving specific demographic groups are in the best position to create deep relationships within their communities — because they’ve been doing it for years. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Washington in early 2020, the BCP network quickly collaborated to create community response funds that became models for the nation. Philanthropy Northwest oversees the coordination of this network, which collectively reaches 90 percent of high-poverty areas in our state, bringing partners together share best practices, training and resources.

Our Seattle-based employees also are engaged members of our hometown, and participate as neighbors, parents, volunteers and boosters—our employees give almost $5 million per year to locally based nonprofits like KUOW, Pride Foundation, Northwest Harvest, Rainier Scholars, and Arts Corps.