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Cooking with nonprofits and funders – a plan for civic health August 13, 2014

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Yesterday evening, Seattle Works had the pleasure of co-promoting Seattle CityClub and Philanthropy Northwest’s panel on “Long-term Investments in Civic Health” in Seattle.

The consensus? Foundations, government, nonprofits, and donors need to be working together to move forward if we’re going to affect real societal change. Nonprofits are the chefs in the kitchen – dreaming up the ingredients and plans that create a plan for funding; the funder acts as the sous-chef, helping put it all together! Let’s get cookin’!

civic health

Seattle CityClub infographic on civic health in Seattle

This forum, presented in partnership with Philanthropy Northwest, stems from Seattle CityClub’s findings in its 2014 Greater Seattle Civic Health ​Index report. It explores the report’s recommendation to tackle our community’s disparities of educational access, economic opportunity, public and civic health through cross-sector collaboration and investment.

Michael Brown, VP, The Seattle Foundation
Jeff Clarke, CEO, Philanthropy Northwest (moderator)
Lorena Gonzalez, Counsel to the Mayor, City of Seattle; Board, Northwest Area Foundation
Mijo Lee, Program Director, Social Justice Fund Northwest
Alexandra McKay, Executive VP & Chief Program Counsel, Casey Family

Thanks for the fascinating discussion, panelists!


Donate to Swank 2014! July 30, 2014

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We’ve got the Millennials and emerging leaders. You’ve got the sweet product, can’t-miss service, or vacation package. Let Seattle Works help you meet your goals and gain exposure with this hot demographic.

We’d love to see your name on our ever-expanding list of unique auction items. Here’s how we’ll thank you from the rooftops:

–    Acknowledgement and thanks at our exclusive auction preview party (~50 high-level, VIP attendees)
–    Recognition in our swanky auction catalog (400+ attendees)

Thank you for believing in our volunteers and community programs. We look forward to raising money together to celebrate 25 years of Seattle Works in high style!

** Fill out a procurement form today – deadline 9/12/2014! **

Questions? Want to brainstorm? Email


Don’t You Forget About Me July 28, 2014

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The DukeEngage group enjoying the view of the water from a spot near UW campus.

The DukeEngage group enjoying the view of the water from a spot near UW campus.

Hi everyone! It’s Martha reporting in on how the DukeEngage experience with Seattle Works is going. Hard to believe, but my internship with Seattle Works is just over halfway through! I’ve been having a blast with everyone here in the office, as well as everyone else in the DukeEngage group.

As we go through the summer, the DukeEngage program has each of us take turns writing weekly blog posts. Below is an excerpt from my blog post shared last week. 

“If you think about it, all of the students in DukeEngage are kind of just thrown together because of a commonality between them — much like the students in The Breakfast Club. Though, admittedly, our commonality is extremely cooler than theirs. Much like the students in The Breakfast Club, we all get along with each other, hang out with each other, and include each other in opportunities to do things together. I think this has helped foster a sense of community between everyone in the program, and has created friendships between people that otherwise may have not have come to be. Despite these similarities to The Breakfast Club, DukeEngage offers qualities that set it apart — presenting the opportunity to create longer-lasting friendships. For starters, DukeEngage is longer than a Saturday spent in detention. Under the surface, our commonality is stronger than theirs. Sure, on the surface, it’s that we are all in DukeEngage, but we are also all here for the same reason. We are here to do service and to help non-profit organizations in Seattle. We are all experiencing new things, some of them together for the first time. This also, I believe, will allow our friendships to outlast those in The Breakfast Club.

Our relationships with each other are not the only ones we are forming during our time here. We also have relationships with our community partners. These relationships are just as important to maintain once our time here is over. This is again similar to The Breakfast Club situation. All of us in DukeEngage were placed with a non-profit, which without the program, probably would not have happened. It is important that we take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts. If any of us are interested in joining the non-profit sector after graduation, this connection could be crucial to finding the perfect fit for a job. Or perhaps, there might even be an opening at the same organization that would fit you, allowing you to come back to your current organization. In order to take advantage of these opportunities, and many more that I’m sure I’m not even aware of at this point, we must make the relationships we form here more meaningful than those in The Breakfast Club.”

If you are interested in reading more about how I plan to make my relationships more meaningful than those in The Breakfast Club, or about what the other DukeEngage interns are up to at other nonprofits in Seattle, feel free to read up on DukeEngage’s blog!


Auction Intern Extraordinaire: Meet Nicole! July 16, 2014

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Seattle Works is excited to announce that Nicole Angus will be joining our Swank team this year! She’ll be an integral leader as we begin planning the swankiest auction around. Let’s get to know this rising superstar in fundraising:


“Following my graduation from Whitman College in 2011, I nicolehave spent several years exploring different facets of nonprofit operations and fundraising at The Polyclinic, where I currently coordinate the for-profit clinic’s corporate giving efforts and the affiliated non-profit foundation’s program-development, fundraising, and communications activities. Having recently completed the University of Washington’s Certificate in Fundraising Management, I’m now excited to help implement Swank, an event larger than any I’ve yet managed. Moreover, as a native Seattleite, I’m ecstatic and grateful for this opportunity to learn from and contribute to Seattle Works’ energetic, engaged community. I hope you’ll join us at Swank as we celebrate both Seattle Works’ extensive impact and you, the people who make that impact possible!” – Nicole


Learn more about Swank 2014 here!


Meet the Interns! June 23, 2014

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Get to know our new interns, Martha and Natalie. They will be working with us this summer and getting to know the ins and outs of Seattle Works!



I’m from the northern VA area, just outside of Washington DC. I’m currently a rising junior at Duke University in NC where I’m pursuing a degree in Economics. My time in Seattle this summer marks my first time on the West Coast!

I;m interning here at Seattle Works through DukeEngage, which is a Duke program that offers volunteer opportunities to students at various locations throughout the world. Along with 15 other students, I’ve traveled to Seattle for a summer internship with a non-profit organization. I’m very excited to be paired with Seattle Works and look forward to working with such a great organization!

My favorite volunteer experience comes from my involvement with my high school community service club. I organized a school-wide benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that showcased many talented student musicians. Some of the reasons it’s still so memorable to me is because it was the first event where I was the team leader, and it was to benefit a foundation that I have supported for more than a decade. I could also see the change I was creating through educating the audience about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which was very fulfilling to experience.

What interested me most about Seattle Works is the variety of service opportunities they offer to get the community involved in service. I look forward to being able to participate in their efforts to engage the Seattle community in service and through that learn more about how non-profit organizations work, as well as the Seattle community.

As I’ve never been to Seattle before, there are many things I’m looking forward to doing this summer during my free time. One of the things I’m most excited about is taking a ferry ride out to Bainbridge Island. Also, having never lived in a major city, I’m looking forward to acclimating to and experiencing city life.



Growing up in Tri-Cities, WA, I’m currently going into my Senior year at Central Washington University. Majoring in Communication Studies with minors in Non-Profit Administration and Web Design, I love non-profits, the work they do in communities and hope to work for one after I graduate next spring and move into the real world.

My favorite volunteer experience was last summer, when I was a volunteer/unofficial intern with Ignite Youth Mentoring in Richland, WA. Helping with anything and everything in the office, it was really fun to learn about what happening on a day to day basis to keep an organization up and running. During my time with Ignite, I got to help interview some of the kids in order to match them up with a mentor, which I loved, getting to figure out what qualities and attributes each child needed in a mentor in order to have a good experience with the program.

The thing that interested me the most about Seattle Works is the fact that they are so focused on getting the community involved. I have been interested in volunteer management and community engagement, and finding out that there was a whole organization focused on it blew my mind; I knew right away that I wanted to intern here.

Being from Eastern Washington, I am really excited to be in the “Big City” this summer, getting to explore a whole new area. For the most part when visiting Seattle, I’ve only gone to a few of the tourist attractions, so I can’t wait to be able to just pick an area and walk around until I find something new, whether it is a restaurant, shopping area, or just something random.


LeadNOW launches Leader Series on Tue 5/13 May 8, 2014

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Next Tuesday LeadNOW will launch Leader Series. This series of forums will feature community leaders who have done unique work in civic engagement and community building. Our goal is to inspire emerging leaders within the Seattle Works community to think outside the box and motivate action in our community.

How does it work? Glad you asked! Our forums will feature a different leader every quarter, they will have the opportunity to give a short presentation on the work they are doing and what inspired them to get involved. Then, participants will get to have an open discussion with speaker, ask questions, share experiences, and give input.

Our first forum features Debra Webb, who will discuss with participants the connection between art and social justice, her work in Yesler Terrace, and creative placemaking.

Leader Series: The Intersection of Art & Social Justice

Tue 5/13 | 6:30pm | FREE Register | Panama Hotel | 605 1/2 S Main St, Seattle

Join us in a discussion with Debra Webb, a leader in the Seattle community who is doing unique work in art, social justice and community engagement. Network with fellow community leaders, listen to Debra’s story and talk with her about her work. Get inspired to make a difference in your community.

About DebraDebra Webb

Debra’s artistic career is rooted in the passion for public art and a life-long commitment to social justice. She is a skilled project manager with fifteen years experience collaborating with leading artists, government agencies and diverse communities to develop arts-based initiatives that enrich and advance humanity. Debra holds an M.F.A. in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a B.F.A. in Art History and Sculpture from the University of Colorado.

Debra recently published Placemaking and Social Equity: Expanding the Framework of Creative Placemaking, lectures on the intersections of art and social change, and is the proud recipient of Seattle University’s Social Justice and Community Engagement award. She sits on the Advisory Board of Yesler Terrace Youth Media, Yesler Arts Council and Chairs the Lincoln APP Arts & Culture Advantage. Debra is a mother, artist and ardent activist.

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Team Works: Nerdy & Dirty get… well, dirty! March 11, 2014

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Volunteering doesn’t take a back seat to a gloomy Saturday, especially in Seattle. Team Nerdy & Dirty showed us their stuff this Saturday at Vision House – a social service nonprofit focused on transitional housing, family services, and substance abuse support. Thank you, Nerdy & Dirty for sharing the love and getting extra dirty this round of Team Works!

You made incredible impact in the hearts (and landscape) of this nonprofit!