In 1989, a motivated group of twenty-somethings formed an organization dedicated to involving their generation in the Seattle community. Calling themselves The Benefit Gang, the group believed that people in their twenties desired community engagement but needed alternatives to the service clubs and high-priced charity balls attended by their parents. What was then The Benefit Gang is now a veritable force called Seattle Works.
Seattle Works was nominated for the Presidential Points of Light Award in 1992, and honored with a community service award from the Municipal League of King County in 1996, the History Makers in Community Service Award from the Museum of History and Industry in 1997, the YMCA of Greater Seattle's AK Guy Award in 2002 and Seattle Parks & Recreation's Denny Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2005.
Seattle Works was named the 2014 "Affiliate of the Year" in the HandsOn Network and recognized as our region’s Outstanding Philanthropic Organization by Advancement NW & the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2015.
Our legacy is rooted in the idea that people are ready to step up as active community participants early in their careers and adult lives. Our future lies in our belief that once they've started, they will continue to demonstrate their mettle as volunteers, voters, leaders and philanthropic investors bringing positive impact to their communities.
Now celebrating 26 years of operation, Seattle Works has become the premier organization for emerging community leaders to get connected.