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About Us

Who We Are


PNA Mission Statement
Build, engage and support our diverse community through programs, services and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement.




What exactly is the PNA?
The PNA is more than a community center...much more!



and so much more!


The PNA (Phinney Neighborhood Association) is a non-profit community organization founded in 1980 by Phinney neighbors to build community. It is one of Seattle's best known community organizations and has become a model across the nation for building community.


Headquartered in a restored elementary school building, the PNA has developed an active community center that not only serves as a focus of Seattle's Phinney / Greenwood neighborhood, but offers a wide variety of programs and activities open to anyone in the Puget Sound region.


PNA's Five-Year Vision Statement

Although our strategic framework focuses on the next three years, we wanted to look ahead five years as we developed our vision. In 2017, we envision the PNA as a thriving community resource supported by vibrant gathering places where community members connect, learn, play, and care for each other. We are an inclusive organization with diverse members, participants, volunteers, board and staff.


We are known for our broad spectrum of quality programming and our capacity to be nimble, creative and collaborative. We are influential in fostering civic engagement and building community in northwest Seattle and beyond.


We are financially stable with diverse funding sources and broad community support that keeps us independent and accountable to our community. We creatively leverage our resources by partnering with community groups, organizations, local government and businesses.


We are good stewards of our Phinney Center campus, with a focus on accessibility, historic preservation, and environmental stewardship. All PNA programs are housed on campus or in stable, long-term locations in the greater neighborhood.


Read the full Strategic Framework




Our History


The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) was founded in 1980, with a $200K federal block grant to develop programs to serve residents living between 65th and 75th Streets, from Aurora Avenue to 3rd Avenue NW. As time went on, many community members brought ideas and energy to the PNA, forming the basis for new activities and an expanded geographic scope. Members now live in many Seattle neighborhoods and join for a variety of reasons.

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