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EIN: 91-1043712


NAMI Seattle's mission is to address the unmet mental health needs within our community through support, referral, education, and outreach. We envision a world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.

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Executive Director

Paul Getzel

Main address

802 NW 70th Street

Seattle, WA 98117 USA

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Formerly known as

Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill (WAMI)

NAMI Greater Seattle



Subject area info

Mental health care

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth


People with psychosocial disabilities

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

NAMI Seattle aims to eliminate the cultural stigma of living with a mental illness in our community, and to fill the gaps in our broken mental health care system as we work for meaningful change. Mental illness affects 1 in 5 individuals in the United States each year, yet only a small fraction of individuals affected will seek treatment. The stigma associated with mental illness and mental health is one of the largest barriers to accessing mental health care. Those who may benefit from treatment often do not seek help because they fear being labeled as "different" or "less-than" their peers. Mental health care in Washington State and across the country has been rooted in criminalization and institutionalization of those living with mental illness. Our crisis-response model for mental health must be shaped into a recovery based model, where treatment that best meets the needs of the individual is readily available without fear of stigma, and delivered with equity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family to Family

12-week course taught by two trained volunteer teachers who themselves have a family member or loved one with a mental illness. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery-focused educational program for adults working to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

A 60-90 minute presentation which unmasks mental illness, using personal stories to illuminate what it is like to live with a mental illness and maintain recovery. In Our Own Voice presenters change attitudes, misconceptions, and stereotypes regarding mental illness by sharing their experience and participating in an open Q&A at the end of the session.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

NAMI Greater Seattle offers free, drop-in, support groups every day of the week, online and throughout Seattle. Spanish-language support groups are also offered in coordination with the NAMI Eastside affiliate.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

Our Appreciative Living program is a weekly group for young consumers (ages 19-35) with psychotic illness. We offer dinner, an appreciative living exercise and a social activity.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

Scholarships sponsored by King County are offered to consumers, family members and advocates, who are county residents, to attend mental health trainings and conferences.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

NAMI Greater Seattle provides a large amount of information every day to individuals and their families by phone, email and in person. We help people connect to resources, regain hope and navigate the mental health system.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) 1979

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Our programs focus on mental health education for peers, families and community groups. Graduates and attendees from our classes, presentations and trainings report increased skill and knowledge.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NAMI Seattle seeks to create a community where mental health is talked about openly and considered seriously in all aspects of everyday life. We strive for a community where everyone feels there are mental health treatment services readily available that meet their individual needs. NAMI Seattle hopes to continue our work in connecting people to direct services, and assisting community members in navigating our fragmented mental health system.

Our goal is to work in the community to provide education where it is needed most. We hope to bring the voices of those who live with mental illness to the forefront as Seattle strives to improve mental health care in the city. We will continue our fight to end the criminalization of mental illness, and shape systems focused on recovery, rather than punishment. We hope to educate all pubic school teachers and staff about youth mental health, as well as continue our peer-led programs for middle and high school students. We work for a world where mental health care is not "one size fits all," and care for mental illness is delivered with cultural competence and equity.

We fight for a world where all who struggle with a mental health condition are given love and support, and treated with dignity.

NAMI Seattle utilizes a peer-based approach to deliver our educational programs. Our program leads are trained by NAMI instructors, who utilize a standardized model based on personal narratives and "I" statements. This teaching model creates empathy and connection with a trained volunteer who has lived through the pain of mental illness. For younger audiences, presenters who have recently graduated high school are highly effective in connecting with young people who may be struggling with their mental health.

NAMI Seattle is fueled by a strong volunteer force of over 250 individuals from all ages and backgrounds. These volunteers serve as program leads for our signature programs, distribute mental health information on college campuses, answer helpline calls, and advocate for mental health throughout the city of Seattle. This broad base allows our volunteers to take time off from directing programs when needed without creating a drop in services.

NAMI Seattle leadership has collectively agreed to raise our staff to seven full-time employees in order to meet the increased demand for mental health support and educational programs. This increased staffing is backed by ample strategic reserves, and will make positive gains for the organization in the areas of outreach, fundraising, and educational programs.

NAMI Seattle has become a regular partner with several medical providers in the area. Our programs are provided on a recurring basis to inpatients and care providers at Swedish Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, and University of Washington Medical Center. Our programs have become a regular part of the mental health educational curriculum for providers. NAMI presenters also participate in the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training programs for law enforcement and first responders in Seattle and throughout King County. Last year, we hosted our first mental health candidate forum for Seattle City Council candidates.

As Seattle and Washington State work to build a better mental health system, we will continue to fight for a system that focuses on the needs of the individual. As with all healthcare in our country, there are vast racial disparities in our mental health system, and we will continue our ongoing work with organizations led by people of color to ensure our mental health services are provided with cultural competence.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 84.77 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of NAMI SEATTLE’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$168,492 $94,531 $121,406 $195,339 -$295,050
As % of expenses -38.7% 22.9% 28.1% 41.3% -51.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$176,429 $88,272 $118,562 $192,495 -$302,943
As % of expenses -39.8% 21.1% 27.3% 40.4% -52.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $296,056 $520,677 $474,344 $569,325 $500,613
Total revenue, % change over prior year -81.6% 75.9% -8.9% 20.0% -12.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 1.9% 0.0% 2.0% 1.4%
Membership dues 3.7% 1.0% 0.0% 1.3% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 1.4% 11.0% 6.0% 6.4%
Government grants 7.1% 8.6% 0.0% 12.4% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 88.8% 87.2% 75.2% 76.7% 96.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 13.8% 1.7% -3.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $435,798 $411,993 $431,429 $473,059 $573,153
Total expenses, % change over prior year -45.3% -5.5% 4.7% 9.6% 21.2%
Personnel 54.5% 73.9% 80.5% 81.2% 79.5%
Professional fees 11.5% 10.3% 7.6% 9.2% 9.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Pass-through 17.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.5%
All other expenses 16.7% 15.8% 11.9% 9.5% 8.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $443,735 $418,252 $434,273 $475,903 $581,046
One month of savings $36,317 $34,333 $35,952 $39,422 $47,763
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $19,247
Total full costs (estimated) $480,052 $452,585 $470,225 $515,325 $648,056

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 45.3 8.1 2.8 3.1 2.2
Months of cash and investments 45.3 51.1 52.6 51.3 36.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 43.5 48.8 49.9 50.4 35.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,643,985 $277,783 $102,388 $120,936 $103,863
Investments $575 $1,476,386 $1,788,323 $1,902,687 $1,652,439
Receivables $44,658 $510 $0 $23,017 $3,010
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $248,094 $248,094 $248,094 $250,520 $269,768
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 80.3% 82.8% 83.9% 84.3% 81.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.9% 0.3% 0.9% 0.4% 1.9%
Unrestricted net assets $1,628,456 $1,716,728 $1,835,290 $2,027,785 $1,724,844
Temporarily restricted net assets $28,750 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $50,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $78,750 $78,750 $78,750 $50,000 $50,000
Total net assets $1,707,206 $1,795,478 $1,914,040 $2,077,785 $1,774,844

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Paul Getzel

Paul joined the NAMI Seattle team in 2022. His prior history includes work in community health, food security, HIV/AIDS, and health equity advocacy. Paul is compelled in this work by the strong belief in the power of peer to peer models in reducing racial and social disparities, facilitating access to mental health services, reducing stigma, and building enduring support for individuals and families pursuing their best possible mental health. As someone native to Seattle, Paul appreciates the sun and the rain equally and spends his free time enjoying the food, arts, and music the city has to offer.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Nicole Angus

Groundswell Strategies

Term: 2020 - 2023

Eli Lieberman

Washington State

Sean Maloney

Penny Carothers

Jenny Vandenbelt, JD

Nicole Angus

Groundswell Strategies

Rachel Bravmann

Joseph Wilson

Elliott Neyme

James Donaldson

Your Gift of Life Foundation

Emma Sanyal

Andreea Barbu


Allegra Condiotty

Scott Gelbrand

Virginia Voorhees

Abagail Reiman

Carolyn Schmertz

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/6/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

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