Communities of Opportunity
Creating a more vibrant, equitable King County
Communities of Opportunity is a unique collaboration between King County, Seattle Foundation and community partners working together to create greater racial, economic and health equity that enables all people in King County to thrive and prosper.
The most meaningful, just and sustainable solutions are generated in partnership with communities – who know what they need to be healthy and thrive. We are pleased to support them in building leadership and power within communities that are most impacted by inequities."
– Andréa Akita
Executive Director of Communities of Opportunity
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How it works
Communities of Opportunity is committed to doing things differently. Unlike the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to programs, Communities of Opportunity taps into existing community expertise and leadership to advance policies that:
- Support community priorities
- Integrate equity into policies at all levels: neighborhood, organizational, city, county and state, and
- Expand representation of cultural communities by stepping into leadership roles
Communities of Opportunity provides funding to organizations in geographic and cultural communities that form partnerships to strengthen community connections, economic opportunity, health outcomes and housing for low-income and communities of color in King County.
COO also funds non-profits working to advance policies at multiple levels that support community priorities and needs.
A Learning Community, or community of shared practice, creates spaces for partners to share their work and to advance impact across the region.
Communities of Opportunity used data collected by Public Health — Seattle & King County and the King County Department of Community and Human Services to identify areas that have the greatest inequity. In King County, where you live, how much you make, and the color of your skin are significant predictors of your life experience and your chances of living well and thriving. While average measures of quality of life, social, and health factors are among the highest in the country, these averages mask differences by place, race and income.
To address these inequities, in 2014, King County partnered with Seattle Foundation to develop a new public-private partnership to address economic and racial inequities through place-based work and systemic change.
Today, Communities of Opportunity has expanded and now includes support through Best Starts for Kids – a King County initiative building strength and resilience in kids, families and communities.