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Seattle Foundation

the heart & science of philanthropy

four stars

96.46

1601 Fifth Avenue Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 622-2294   Web Site
EIN: 91-6013536

Board Leadership
Fraser Black
Chair

CEO
Tony Mestres
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.46 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1946, the mission of Seattle Foundation is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. It is the oldest and largest community foundation in the region, with more than 1,100 family, corporate and individual funds and assets in excess of $800 million. Seattle Foundation awards more than $60 million in grants each year.

Established in 1946, the mission of Seattle Foundation is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. It is the oldest and largest community foundation in the region, with more than 1,100 family, corporate and individual funds and assets in excess of $800 million. Seattle Foundation awards more than $60 million in grants each year.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
94.3%
  Administrative Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 8.25
  Program Expenses Growth 9.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seattle Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Seattle Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Foundation (WA) 96.46 four stars
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (MA) 90.30 four stars
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (TN) 94.34 four stars
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (CT) 89.78 three stars
Foundation For The Carolinas (NC) 91.51 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $102,448,483
   Federated Campaigns $181,604
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $102,630,087
   Program Service Revenue $955,179
Total Primary Revenue $103,585,266
   Other Revenue $21,696,599
TOTAL REVENUE $125,281,865
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $83,047,674
   Administrative Expenses $4,868,104
   Fundraising Expenses $563,045
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $88,478,823
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $36,803,042
   
Net Assets $744,341,120

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Grantmaking $71,844,782 86.5%
Community Leadership $10,328,274 12.4%
Engaged Philanthropy $874,618 1.1%

Ratings History
Seattle Foundation has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 04/01/2018 96.46 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 96.46 four stars
2014-12 09/01/2016 96.46 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.45 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 90.68 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 96.78 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 92.71 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 89.58 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 89.11 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 96.13 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 91.53 four stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 96.03 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 85.89 three stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 99.53 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 95.33 four stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 99.64 four stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 99.45 four stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 97.29 four stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 99.53 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 91-6013536
Name in IRS Master File THE SEATTLE FOUNDATION
NTEE Code T31
NTEE Classification Community Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1947
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$349,712 0.39% Tony Mestres President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Foundation (WA) 96.46 four stars
Central Indiana Community Foundation (IN) 97.99 four stars
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (VI) 91.33 four stars
Community Foundation of Henderson County (NC) 89.83 three stars
The San Diego Foundation (CA) 91.22 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Seattle Foundation
1601 Fifth Avenue
Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101
tel: (206) 622-2294
fax: (206) 622-7673
EIN: 91-6013536

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Board Leadership

Fraser Black
Chair

CEO

Tony Mestres
President, CEO

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