Symetra Empowers Communities
Our Symetra Empowers grants invest in organizations working to create long-term, positive change in our communities.
We focus our efforts on two key groups—women and at-risk youth—and on programs that address our homelessness and housing affordability crisis for these populations.
Grants for women focus on reducing barriers to success. Grants for at-risk youth focus on education scholarships.
Organizations we're proud to support
Women and youth
Bellevue LifeSpring supports low-income residents with innovative, wraparound services. Symetra’s funding supports LifeSpring's emergency rent assistance program, which provides rent payments for more than 22 families with children who are facing homelessness.
United Way of King County
United Way of King County (UWKC) is building a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. Symetra’s funding supports UWKC’s Bridge to Finish Emergency Grant services for 50-80 women at nine local colleges and connects them with income support and financial education to assist in obtaining a college degree or certificate.
Ventures facilitates financial and economic security for women by reducing barriers to entrepreneurship. Symetra’s funding supports Venture’s eight-week business basics course designed to help people with low incomes and little formal education to define, organize and launch their own businesses.
Treehouse is focused on the unique educational needs of youth in foster care. Symetra’s funding supports its Launch Success program, which provides mentoring, supported resource navigation, and just-in-time funding for students so they can obtain post-high-school credentials and a living-wage job by age 26.
GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association)
The GSBA Scholarship Fund expands access to education among all LGBTQ people and allies, including people who are economically, racially, socially, geographically or politically disenfranchised. Symetra’s funding supports three annual scholarships and the Leadership Academy.
Bellevue College Foundation
The Bellevue College Foundation is committed to student success, academic innovation and building community. Symetra’s scholarship funding directly supports 12–25 students, the majority of whom are in transfer degree or workforce programs with the goal of pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a traditional four-year institution or earning a degree or certificate and entering the workforce as quickly as possible.
YouthCare received funding from Symetra to develop and pilot a job readiness curriculum in partnership with Junior Achievement that is tailored for homeless youth and set to launch in 2021. These funds will support programs that teach financial literacy and workforce skills to young people—many of whom are youth of color, identify as LGBTQ+, and/or have experience in the foster care system.
Housing and homelessness
LifeWire serves domestic violence survivors in East and North King County, Washington, and prioritizes those living in poverty, immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community and individuals with chronic health and/or chemical dependency concerns. Symetra’s funding supports Homelessness and Housing Stability Services for each survivor.
The Sophia Way
The Sophia Way works to end homelessness for women by providing shelter, social services and permanent housing with support. Symetra’s funding supports areas such as program expansion, mental health programming and 24-hour programming at the organization’s day center.
Building Changes pulls together government, philanthropy and nonprofits in a collective effort to impact family and youth homelessness in Washington state. Symetra’s funds will advance strategies to improve the response to homelessness by centering on racial equity and the voices of those who have experienced homelessness, fostering collaboration between government systems and nonprofits, and providing communications and advocacy for a more coordinated regional approach to this crisis.
Since 1999, Mary’s Place has helped hundreds of women and families move out of homelessness into more stable situations. Symetra’s funding supports the No Child Sleeps Outside initiative.
Imagine Housing develops affordable housing, builds welcoming communities and fosters vibrant futures. Imagine Housing owns and operates 15 apartment communities in east King County, Washington, providing 639 apartment homes to over 1,400 low-income residents. Symetra’s funding supports their Resident Emergency Assistance Fund (REAF) and transportation access for residents facing barriers.
We make grants that align with our giving priorities to organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. We do not make grants in support of capital campaigns for nonprofit organizations.
In keeping with Symetra’s giving guidelines, the following are not eligible for corporate grants: individuals; university-level athletic or alumni associations, memberships or funds; seminaries or Bible colleges focused primarily on religious studies; fraternal, social, labor, trade or political organizations; organizations with addresses outside the United States.
At this time, we are not accepting unsolicited grant requests. For more information, please email us.