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Join us on Thursday, May 6th!

6:00 – 7:00 PM PST



Top of the Town brings together community leaders, developers, and friends who believe in creating an affordable and inclusive Seattle. This year, we are excited to feature thought leader Vu Le and his incisive observations on social justice issues. Because the event will be virtual, we get to invite even more of our community than in the past.

Despite being physically spread out across the region, we can still come together to focus on a belief that unites us:

Everyone has the right to a quality, affordable home.

At Community Roots Housing, this truth drives our work. Join us to help make this right truly accessible for more of our neighbors in the Seattle area.  Event donations, ticket sales, and partnerships will fund our work of supporting residents, strengthening communities, and creating more affordable homes. 


Limited-time opportunity: those who register at the $200 level by Wednesday, April 28th will be entered in a drawing to join an exclusive virtual discussion with Vu Le himself prior to the main event. Register today and help us spread the word!

Keynote speaker Vu Le

Vu Le (“voo lay”) writes the blog, Nonprofit AF. His passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. 

Vu is part of the leadership at Community-Centric Fundraising, a fundraising model grounded in equity and social justice that prioritizes the entire community over individual organizations, fosters a sense of belonging and interdependence, presents work holistically instead of as individual transactions, and encourages mutual support between nonprofits.

About Community Roots Housing

By embracing community-led development and engaging in deep-rooted partnerships, we’re fostering vibrant, equitable communities where everyone has access to quality, affordable and welcoming homes. Today, with nearly 50 apartment buildings – over 2,000 residents — we continue our commitment to build community with and for people.

In keeping with the rapid growth of Seattle, we also have a real estate development pipeline of nine buildings with 1,000 new affordable homes over the next five years.

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Event details

This year Top of the Town will be centered around the intersection of social equity, housing affordability, and philanthropy. We know these are interlocking pieces that exist within larger systems, with inequities that urgently need to be addressed. Vu Le’s deep experience in the field of nonprofit work and social justice will shine a light on enacting change which prioritizes collective community over individual organizational missions. We are honored to amplify his message and excited to join together in conversation to rethink the dynamics of philanthropy in support of housing justice for our whole community.

We are deeply grateful for all the support from our many donors and other partners in our work. To provide the opportunity for engagement at all levels and kinds of support, we are also offering a free ticket option for the event.


Run of show

Multiply your impact

Help introduce new folks to our work! Register to be a table captain and fill your “table” with your friends, colleagues, and family who share our belief that everyone has the right to a quality, affordable home. After the program, enjoy an opportunity to socialize online with your virtual table.

Sign up now as a captain via the ticketing registration page.

In the meantime, start brainstorming which of your favorite neighborhood restaurants and watering holes you want to support so you can order takeout from them while enjoying the event.

Table Captain Information

Thank you to our table captains

  • Christopher Persons
  • Davin and Laura Dhatt
  • Jeff Reibman
  • Laurie Walloch
  • Margaret Pak Enslow
  • Teri Orella
  • Sarah Shoemake-Gamble

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