The Seattle Foundation

Location: 1200 5th Ave Ste 1300, Seattle, 98101 WA

EIN: 91-6013536

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2Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1Bureaucratic1Culturally incompetent1Difficult to work with1Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1Risk averse1Worth the time to pitch1Repeat funding

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The Seattle Foundation

Dec 09, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

They are interested in funding organizations in South King County who serve marginalized communities, which I give them some credit for. But they balk at organizations who push for more radical change - through community organizing, systems change, and/or advocacy. They seem to value diversity over equity and racial justice.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Dec 13, 2019 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Sadly, this foundation is not what it used to be. Leadership seems to be more fixated on acquiring funds (like they can really compete with Fidelity Charitable) than really funding and learning about the community they aim to serve. As a grant seeker, the RFPs are fairly sparse and narrow. Arts and culture funding is limited and their staff seem stretched. It you fit the bill for funding, by all means apply and while you're in with them, lean on them to be the type of community foundation they need to be.

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Aug 30, 2019 2

Reviewer 3862 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

If you fit the guidelines for one of the Foundation's handful of RFPs, it can be worth the time to apply, but do not expect staff to be available to meet with you to learn more about your organization or discuss how you can get share your mission with the many high-net-worth individuals who hold a donor-advised fund there. I've yet to meet a program officer interested in helping to broaden their fund-holders' horizons.

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Dec 17, 2018

Did not apply

The Seattle Foundation has funds directed to specific causes or geographic locations (not all in Seattle or King County). Some funds/programs have annual deadlines, but the Seattle Foundation also develops grant programs to respond to new issues. They don't make general operating support grants anymore, and may not fund the same issue areas from year to year.

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

don't give up.

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Worth the time to pitch, Repeat funding


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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field

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