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Oct
10

Funding Available to Make Sure Your Community Counts in the 2020 Census

Filed Under: Census 2020 - Posted @ 10:18am

GTCF to Award $400,000 in Grants to Pierce County organizations for 2020 Census Outreach    Lifelong Tillicum resident Jonathan Jackson knows firsthand how some Pierce County communities struggle to obtain good schools, roads, even sidewalks. That’s what prompted him to join the You Count Campaign, a collective of Pierce County organizations that recognize the importance > Continue Reading

Oct
9

Partnering for Higher Education Scholarships: Xavier Cooper, GTCF Fundholder

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 5:18pm

Over the past 38 years, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has seen Pierce County grow and change, but what has remained constant is the passion people bring to building a thriving community. Sharing community knowledge and stories about our lived experiences builds everyone’s ability to make a positive impact. In our latest annual book of Pierce County > Continue Reading

Oct
9

7 Big Ideas From Next Gen Philanthropists

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 5:05pm

Kristen Corning Bedford compares the evolution of philanthropy to a bee hive, “The old model was to woo the queen bee … the future is wooing the hive.” Her metaphor emphasizes the importance of principles of solidarity, agency, and reciprocity in order for philanthropy to disrupt the status quo and create real change. “as next > Continue Reading

Oct
9

Working Together, Tacoma Organizations Remove Barriers to Expanded Learning Opportunities

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 12:46pm

When the bell rings at the end of the day at Tacoma Public School’s DeLong Elementary, some students head home with their parents, some get on the bus, and some of them go to Dragon’s Club. Dragon’s Club is an after-school program that provides Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) like dance, art, and mentorship. Located in > Continue Reading

Sep
12

Partnering for Census 2020: Dr. Ali Modarres, Director of Urban Studies – University of Washington Tacoma

Filed Under: Census 2020,Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 9:13am

Over the past 38 years, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has seen Pierce County grow and change, but what has remained constant is the passion people bring to building a thriving community. Sharing community knowledge and stories about our lived experiences builds everyone’s ability to make a positive impact. In our latest annual book of Pierce County > Continue Reading

Sep
11

Community Partnerships Expand Expanded Learning Opportunties for Tacoma Students

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 4:13pm

This Fall, elementary students at 22 Tacoma Public Schools will have on-site access to Expanded Learning Opportunities with the support of wide-reaching community partnerships and funding from national and local sources.  These Expanded Learning Opportunities – like visual and performing arts, dance, robotics, STEM, mentorship, sports, and more – take place before and after school, > Continue Reading

Sep
11

2019-2020 Youth Philanthropy Board Offers Youth Voice and Youth Choice

Filed Under: Youth Philanthropy Board - Posted @ 1:45pm

GTCF is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Youth Philanthropy Board cohort. Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) connects a diverse cohort of young people, ages 15-24, with a passion for community to the skills and tools necessary to cultivate change.  In addition to connecting with local youth-serving organizations, YPB members build collaborative > Continue Reading

Sep
11

GTCF’s Socially Responsible Investment Fund Hits Market Sweet Spot

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 11:02am

Scrabble tiles spell out "Socially Responsible Investing"

  Over the last three years, GTCF’s Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Fund has outperformed its endowment fund by 1%. GTCF CFO, Mo Mousa, pleased with the SRI fund’s performance since its introduction in 2016, likes to think of SRI as, “Doing well while doing good.” With specific regard to “doing well,” Mousa offers this: “A > Continue Reading

Sep
11

“Fill Out the D@?? Form”, and Other Ways Pierce County Groups are Raising Awareness of the 2020 Census

Filed Under: Census 2020 - Posted @ 10:19am

A hand drawn black and white bus with 2020 census written on the side

The Tacoma Urban League website offers T-shirts and sweatshirts with the phrase “Fill Out the D@?? Form” emblazoned on the front. It’s one of the many ways the Black Caucus is raising awareness about the importance of responding to the U.S. census by April 1, 2020. The catch-phrase, “Fill Out the D@?? Form”, came out of > Continue Reading

Aug
7

Laughter and Food Build Community at Kain Tayo! Filipino Fiesta

Filed Under: Spark Grants - Posted @ 1:50pm

 Tacoma-based arts organizer Clarissa Grace Gines and local chef Jan Parker struggled to find events in Pierce County that celebrated their Filipino heritage. After years of driving to Seattle to attend events, they recently applied for – and received – a Spark Grant to help create their own event locally. Kain Tayo!, which translates > Continue Reading