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Seattle Foundation

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four stars

94.51

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

Board Leadership
Ed Thomas
Chair

CEO
Tony Mestres
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.51 four stars
  Financial 92.25 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

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Financial

four stars

92.25

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
93.6%
  Administrative Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 8.86
  Program Expenses Growth 7.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.2%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Foundation (WA) 94.51 four stars
Baltimore Community Foundation (MD) 90.54 four stars
Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville (AL) 92.22 four stars
North Texas Community Foundation (TX) 93.48 four stars
Community Foundation for Monterey County (CA) 93.78 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $83,974,385
   Federated Campaigns $256,546
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $13,374,058
   Government Grants $16,940,903
Total Contributions $114,545,892
   Program Service Revenue $1,371,448
Total Primary Revenue $115,917,340
   Other Revenue $36,825,494
TOTAL REVENUE $152,742,834
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $102,433,556
   Administrative Expenses $7,063,895
   Fundraising Expenses $789,252
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $110,286,703
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $42,456,131
   
Net Assets $867,472,486

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
Donor-Directed Grantmaking $74,442,404 72.7%
Community Leadership $12,962,287 12.7%
Foundation-Directed Grant Making $10,495,368 10.2%
True Blood $3,294,165 3.2%
Healthier Here $1,058,981 1.0%
Engaged Philanthropy $180,351 0.2%

Ratings History
Seattle Foundation has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 02/01/2019 94.51 four stars
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
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$368,460 0.33% Tony Mestres President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Seattle Foundation (WA) 94.51 four stars
Austin Community Foundation (TX) 91.33 four stars
Hampton Roads Community Foundation (VA) 93.35 four stars
Orange County Community Foundation (CA) 94.37 four stars
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (NY) 95.13 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

Ed Thomas
Chair

CEO

Tony Mestres
President, CEO

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