Community Partnerships


Satterberg Foundation Community Partnerships are an invitation-only program that serves to help the Foundation manage its recent substantial growth while working to promote a just society and sustainable environment.


  • We initiate multiyear, large-scale grant partnerships in order to meet a rising payout requirement with a manageable number of transactions for the current staff level.
  • We seek out a variety of partners and strategies in alignment with our own mission, vision and values to help support the work of nonprofits in Washington and California. Potential partners include community foundations, operating foundations, key nonprofit organizations, regional associations of grantmakers, funder collaboratives, and others.
  • As a learning organization, we hope to use these partnerships to gain a deeper understanding of complex social and environmental issues.

There are several common elements throughout our partnerships, including:

  • Regranting: Through community foundations or other similar foundations, in alignment with our traditional focus on funding smaller, grassroots organizations closely connected with their respective communities.
  • Capacity Building: Both through regranting and direct support of organizations. Dollars alone do not yield results; strong staffs and infrastructure are essential to tackle this important work.
  • Collaboration: Not only between Satterberg and our partners, but helping support the work of regional associations and other conveners of philanthropy in order identify gaps in funding and promote practices that make sense for the nonprofit sector as a whole.
  • Innovative Programs: Funding pilot programs that show a promising model, such as building connections across philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, policymakers, and the private sector to take advantage of the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses of each.
  • Policy and Advocacy: We recognize that philanthropic intervention alone does not solve social or environmental challenges. We look to support thoughtful advocacy work, from expert community organizers to those working in conjunction with government agencies.


Eligible organizations include those that are:

  • 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofits
  • Located and doing work in either Washington or California
  • Nondiscriminatory in its policies and practices in regards to sex, race, color, marital status, national origin, religious affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, and age
  • Nonevangelical in its work
  • Very closely aligned with the mission, vision, and values of the Satterberg Foundation

Guidelines & Process


The Satterberg Foundation identifies candidates for Community Partnerships through research and conversation. Throughout these conversations we determine whether or not prospective partners will be invited to apply. Once vetted, staff guides applicants through crafting a proposal to present to the Board.

Our Review

The Satterberg Foundation Board considers Community Partnership applications during quarterly Board Meetings and decides whether to approve for funding. Successful applicants will receive their grant payments in stock.


The Satterberg Foundation believes in the value of face-to-face conversation. To this end, we prefer to convene our Partners rather than follow a simple paper reporting format. Groups of Partners will be brought together on an annual basis to gain familiarity not only with our Board and staff, but also with one another. Together, we will discuss our own challenges, opportunities, successes, and failures, as well as learn from the work of other like-minded organizations.