The Organization

The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) supports worldwide poverty alleviation efforts through grant-making and other strategic activities, with a deliberate focus on the region of Central America.

Seattle philanthropists Bill and Paula Clapp founded the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) to act upon their long-term interest in improving the prospects of marginalized and impoverished communities throughout Central America. Recognizing that the Pacific Northwest has a unique dedication to global issues, generosity of spirit and inclusiveness towards others, the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was created as a supporting organization to the Seattle Foundation (the region’s largest community foundation) to increase and enhance international philanthropy and serve as a useful resource to the local philanthropic community. 

Most of the work of Seattle International Foundation is concentrated in the Central American region, primarily Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. SIF operates under the belief that change must come from within the region and that this work cannot be accomplished without systemic change and shifts in societal attitudes and behavior. Therefore, the Foundation works with local change agents and key decision makers from across sectors (civil society, government, business, and philanthropy) to mobilize long-term change. Our key strategies and programs currently include:

  • Highly compelling and strategic training programs that identify, train and connect change agents in Central America
  • Organizing and curating convenings in the US and across the region to connect key decision makers and the philanthropic community, share ideas, prioritize issues facing the region, and lift up the voices of local leaders
  • Conducting/funding research and using media to communicate about the needs in the region; driving action towards shared goals based on data
  • Grant making to US-based policy organizations and Central American organizations working toward progressive change
  • Serving as the channel for other funders to support organizations in the region, including local organizations with a focus on youth development, girls’ education and women’s rights in the region 

SIF also supports organizations that push for legal reforms, transparency and the rule of law in the region, as well as policy organizations working to improve US policies toward the region. In these initiatives, progress is measured by citizen actions, laws passed and implemented, initiatives undertaken and increases in safety and human rights.

Additional Qualifications

We seek candidates with 7-10 years of organizational leadership and management experience, preferably in a philanthropic, government, or non-profit organization where grant making has been a central mechanism. Experience in multiple sectors and work in cross-sector roles is a plus; a successful track record of fundraising is highly desirable. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, and an advanced degree is preferred.

Oral and written fluency in Spanish is required, as is both domestic and international travel. The position is based in Seattle.