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Aug
8

Chalk Art Builds Community on Thea Foss Waterway

Filed Under: Spark Grants - Posted @ 1:11pm

“We didn’t even know all this was down here.” That’s the reaction Ian Wilkinson, General Manager of the Foss Harbor Marina, often hears when people first encounter the parks, restaurants, and  other recreational activities available on the waterfront. “Maybe it’s because of how the waterfront is separated, as a result of the highway being here, there > Continue Reading

Aug
8

‘In Our Backyard’ Event Activates Community Conversation on Homelessness

Filed Under: Housing,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:04pm

Every month, GTCF talks with organizers of events posted on our Community Calendar to find out what happened and what they learned. In this edition, Roni Chelben – City of Tacoma Artist in Residence shares her experience putting together In Our Backyard, a traveling series of community events that uses various arts and participatory experiences to > Continue Reading

Jul
11

GTCF Planned Giving Webinar Series Provides Valuable Insights for Local Nonprofits

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 3:30pm

  Planned giving can be a key source of sustainable funding for charities and nonprofits, but developing a strategy to pursue and maintain planned gifts can be challenging.  It’s critical to start with an understanding of what motivates donors to make planned gifts, as well as a knowledge of the variety of  vehicles donors can > Continue Reading

Jul
11

Spark Grants: Creative Solutions from Grassroots Leaders

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Spark Grants - Posted @ 11:36am

 While volunteering with elementary school students in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood, Chelsea McElroy saw a lot of girls fighting and getting into trouble at school.  Wanting to help, she brought the girls together to work out their issues peacefully.  The problem was, when she got all the girls in a room together, nobody wanted to > Continue Reading

Jul
11

Arts, Science, and Living History Draw Big Crowds at Community Events

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 11:33am

Great things happen when community gathers together. Every month, GTCF talks with organizers of events posted on our Community Calendar to find out what happened and what they learned. In this edition, Rosemary Ponnekanti from Tacoma OceanFest and Chris Staudinger from Puyallup Meeker Days  share their experiences putting on large-scale community festivals in June. Tacoma > Continue Reading

Jun
7

Evaluating Organizational Approaches to Diversity

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 2:29pm

As community and nonprofit organizations work to build a stronger community, examining internal structures and policies for bias and institutional barriers to inclusion is an important step. In its commitment to ongoing professional development and organizational equity, GTCF has been gathering tools which support evaluation and transformation. Here are a few articles that we’ve been reading > Continue Reading

Jun
7

Students Take Center Stage Thanks to Community Partnerships

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 12:19pm

On May 25th, Tacoma students performed on the Main Stage at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle. The Ballet Folklórico and World Drumming programs at Roosevelt Elementary School and First Creek Middle School presented traditional songs and dance. Tacoma is one of the few districts in the Northwest with a year-round Ballet Folklórico program. “When I > Continue Reading

Jun
7

Event Lessons from Healing History, Youth Voice, and Living Art

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 11:54am

GTCF sees that great things happen when community gathers together. Every month, we talk with organizers of events who posted on our Community Calendar to find out what happened.  Tamiko Nimura from Tacoma Japanese American History , Michael Haeflinger of Write 253, and Katherine Wimble Fox from Pacific Bonsai Museum share their vision and lessons from > Continue Reading

Jun
7

Farmers Markets Build Food Equity

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 10:56am

It’s that time of year when Pierce County Farmers Markets connect residents to local farmers, small businesses, live entertainment, and a chance to meet neighbors. Farmers Markets also bring fresh produce to areas that have been referred to as “food deserts”, urban areas where grocery options are limited. To provide greater access to healthy nutrition, Tacoma Farmers Markets, Puyallup > Continue Reading

Jun
5

Asking Questions Inspires Generosity Across Generations

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Professional Advisors - Posted @ 10:59am

From classic poetry to rock songs to Internet memes, people have complained about the generational divide for a long time. When it comes to philanthropy and community building, however, there is a lot at stake for generations to work and talk together. GTCF explored the challenges and opportunities around fostering generosity across generations through two > Continue Reading