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April 2016

HUD recognizes Seattle Foundation for its work to improve health, social, economic, and racial equity in King County

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April 11, 2016

We’re excited to announce that Seattle Foundation was one of ten foundations to receive the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2016 Secretary’s Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership. The award recognizes the neighborhood partnerships initiative Communities of Opportunity – an effort launched by Seattle Foundation and King County to address inequities in health, social, racial, and economic outcomes.

Communities of Opportunity (COO) is a groundbreaking partnership launched in 2014 by Seattle Foundation and two King County departments – Public Health-Seattle & King County and Community & Human Services. COO supports community-identified goals that increase equity and positively influence policies, systems and practices across communities. Place-based investments underpin many of these efforts. The initial sites are Rainier Valley, Sea Tac / Tukwila and White Center.

The partners used data and heat maps of King County to identify the areas that experience the greatest inequities in health and well-being outcomes, and have the most to gain from innovative partnerships working together with community to solve problems. The COO partners are working to change the unfair reality that where you live, how much you make, and the color of your skin are increasingly the most significant predictors of life experience and the opportunity to live well and thrive.

“This partnership speaks to the core of Seattle Foundation:  equity and opportunity,” said Tony Mestres, president and CEO at Seattle Foundation.  “First and foremost, this is an upstream approach to creating policy and systems change to create greater equity. The COO partnership supports cross-sector strategies that will move the needle on the major markers of equity in a community and ignite the policy reform needed to create greater opportunity across the region.”

Communities of Opportunity was designed to maximize positive impact by engaging many cross-sector partners in a collective impact approach to support strategies that were co-designed with community leaders and by focusing public and private resources on neighborhoods experiencing under-investment. Starting with King County’s initial investment of $500,000 and Seattle Foundation’s annual investment of $500,000 per year for five years, the investments have grown to approximately $7.5 million per year from public and private sources.

“These COO grants will help local organizations expand the great work they are already doing to improve health, housing, and economic opportunities in our region,” said Dow Constantine, King County Executive. “Our partnership with Seattle Foundation will increase the positive impact of existing programs, coordinate the ongoing efforts, spur future investments from the public and private sector, and empower communities to take a leadership role.”

“HUD is proud of and grateful for the relationships we have with our philanthropic partners across the nation,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “In each of these ten cases, the public-private partnerships worked especially well and expanded opportunity for the communities we all serve. I applaud these foundations for their exceptional dedication to the most vulnerable in our society.”

Seattle Foundation has made an initial 5-year funding commitment to COO. In November 2015, the Best Starts for Kids property levy, which reflects the Foundation’s values and commitment to creating equity and opportunity for all residents of our communities, passed in King County and 10% of this six-year funding source (approximately $6M per year) will support COO. “This unique public/private/community-based partnership in support of healthy communities allows us to achieve greater impact and broader system change than if we approached the work in independent silos,” Mestres added.

Other initiatives in the Seattle region are beginning to engage in community-driven processes due to the influence of COO practices.  These include the on-going work of the Roadmap Project (another Seattle Foundation-supported partnership), Pierce County emergency preparedness efforts and “Partnerships Improving Community Health” grants.

Another recent example just announced by Seattle Foundation and King County is the formation of the Seattle Region Partnership, composed of top regional leaders from business, government and nonprofits. Together they will work to identify systems and structures to improve middle-income job creation, retention, training and placement.

Now Offering HR & EWS (MIP Fund Accounting) Online Training!

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Online Training

HR Management (MIP Fund Accounting) Online Training

Those attending this class will gain an understanding of:

  • How to use and set-up employees in the HR system and all the utilities to make HR tracking easy including FMLA, tax form population and tracking, EEO Reporting and much, much, more
  • Mass Update feature in HR and options to reduce manual entries and adjustments such as COLA increases, leave balance adjustments and more
  • The differences between Queries and Reports in the HR module and discover how to properly use the custom report writing utility
  • Help the payroll department to streamline their processes by making updates and changes to employee information directly from within the Human Resources module, including ability to schedule pay raises, review dates and benefit plan adjustments
  • Track employee data easily and efficiently including certification/credential, education, review dates, and benefit plan adjustments
  • How to streamline workflows throughout your organization utilizing the proper functionality of the HR module for successful integration between EWS and the Payroll module

$400 Per Person or $320 Per Person if on Welter User Support Plan. If three or more people register and attend then take an additional $30 off each registration. (If three or more people register and attend then price is $360 per person or $280 per person if on Welter User Support Plan.)

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EWS (MIP Fund Accounting) Online Training

Those attending this class will gain an understanding of:

  • The set-up of Employee Web Services (EWS) module so that information (tracking timekeeping, expense reimbursements, leave requests and/or leave entry) flows directly to payroll and eventually the general ledger, without manual intervention.  We will review the set-up for EWS system settings that is stored on the server.
  • Manager approval and employee submission/approval process for electronic timesheets.  We will also review the manager reporting process, pivot tables and available custom reports specific to your organization.
  • Many timesheet entry preferences are available including the option to record hours by multiple cost centers, streamlining timesheet entry
  • Reduce or eliminate requests for information by providing employees and managers with 24/7 self-service web access to their pay stub, timesheet entries, expense reports, benefit information and other important employee messages
  • Employee Web Services provides a seamless and secure integration between the Human Resources and Payroll modules for a completely integrated solution, freeing Human Resources personnel from requests for information.

$300 Per Person or $240 Per Person if on Welter User Support Plan. If three or more people register and attend then take an additional $30 off each registration. (If three or more people register and attend then price is $270 per person or $210 per person if on Welter User Support Plan.)

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