Become a Partner
Seattle Parks Foundation serves community organizations, volunteers, and donors leading park and public space projects across the city.
Maia Segura (left) pictured here with Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin (right)
Seattle Parks Foundation comes with a suite of services that includes communications, best practices, and fundraising opportunities that would have been extremely difficult to pull together for our low-profile grassroots project.
Detective Cookie Chess Park
We have worked hard to make sure the community has had a voice in creating the plan for Duwamish Waterway Park. We’ve meaningfully engaged people who speak different languages and are from different cultures. Our community is a vibrant and diverse place with a lot of character, and this improved park will be a point of pride.
Friends of Duwamish Waterway Park
The Little Brook Youth Corps program empowers marginalized teens in the underserved Seattle neighborhood of Lake City by teaching them to restore natural areas in their neighborhood. It will have positive effects on the teens, their families, and their neighborhood that will last a lifetime.
Little Brook Youth Corps
Apply For Fiscal Sponsorship
We believe that creating and stewarding parks and public spaces is a shared responsibility and is best guided by community organizations, volunteers, and donors who are most acutely attuned to the needs of their neighborhoods. As a fiscal sponsor, we serve as a nonprofit umbrella that enables groups to raise money to support their work. We also provide an array of administrative, financial, fundraising, communications, and advocacy services so our partners can focus on the real work of making parks happen in their neighborhood.
**Unfortunately, Seattle Parks Foundation is NOT a granting organization and we cannot offer funding. Please do not apply for fiscal sponsorship if you are seeking funding. Thank you for your consideration.
Why work with Seattle Parks Foundation?
Seattle Parks Foundation has supported more than 200 community-led park projects spanning almost every neighborhood in the city. We are guided by a commitment to service and collaboration, dedicated to earning trust in the neighborhoods where we work, and fueled by a culture of gratitude.
- 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for grant eligibility under Seattle Parks Foundation
- Online donation page on Seattle Parks Foundation’s website and toolkits for special fundraising initiatives (such as GiveBIG and Giving Tuesday)
- Donor tax receipts
- Donor and database management
- Corporate giving and volunteer matching portals
- Revenue, expense tracking and financial statements (at least quarterly)
- Grant application review, administration and record-keeping
- Special-event compliance review
- Review of fundraising materials and online campaigns
- Communication and promotion of events through social media
- Coordination of insurance coverage and (by request) liability insurance certificate for up to $1 million per occurrence and $2 million in aggregate
- Membership to our partner network, with regular email updates and relevant opportunities and information, and Invitations to annual partner gratitude and networking events
- Annual distribution of 1099-MISC for vendors/contractors as required
- Non-legal review of contracts and agreements (to provide feedback and to support contract negotiations)
- Payroll services
- Web hosting
- Access to office space and facilities
- Assistance with 501(c)(3) application
- Case-specific legal advice
- Case-specific tax and/or accounting advice
Seattle Parks Foundation is not a grant-making organization.
What kinds of partners does Seattle Parks Foundation support?
Seattle Parks Foundation supports partners who:
- Increase park access and create connections among well-designed, welcoming, and activated parks and public spaces that serve all Seattle residents
- Have shared, inclusive, and accountable community leadership with a diverse steering committee
- Are supported by the broader community (including landowners) and relevant public agencies
- Are supported by partners who will ensure ongoing and high-level stewardship
- Can attract funding from community donors, public agencies, and other funders
- Have specific goals, regular financial activity, and the capacity to deliver on commitments