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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: Uncategorized - 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

May
8

Charitable Giving Under New Tax Laws

Filed Under: Uncategorized - Posted @ 7:06am

At Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, we know donors carry out their charitable giving because they care deeply about their community and the causes they support.  At the same time, we recognize many people are looking for strategies to structure their giving in a way that maximizes impact for the organizations they support as well as > Continue Reading

May
7

Unique Events Build Community Connections in Pierce County

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 12:52pm

We believe great things happen when people gather together, so we’re excited to see so many local organizations using the GTCF Community Calendar to share ways for people to connect in Pierce County.  Looking at this upcoming month and into the Summer we noticed a couple organizations, Harbor Wild Watch and Exceptional Families Network, who > Continue Reading

Apr
24

Kids Are the Experts On Youth Experience

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 9:53am

PHOTO: via Lisa Monet Photography   What would you do for kids if you were mayor? Tacoma’s Mayor Victoria Woodards posed that question to a group of students from Fawcett Elementary School during the Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens, hosted by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma on April 12th. The students spoke with the Mayor and > Continue Reading

Apr
12

Hijinks and Insights from the GTCF Community Calendar

Filed Under: Uncategorized - Posted @ 12:30pm

Last month, local organizations shared over 35 events on our GTCF Community Calendar.  We recognize that it takes a lot of work to put on events like these, so we asked organizations to let us know how their events went, and what they learned along the way. Below are responses written by event organizers: Tacoma > Continue Reading

Apr
6

Expanded Learning Opportunities Help Students Develop Leadership Skills

Filed Under: Uncategorized - Posted @ 4:06pm

Hundreds of students packed the gymnasium at First Creek Middle School on March 30 for the 7th Seeds of Peace Youth Summit. The one-day event is organized and run by student leaders from the Eagle Center after-school program. This year’s event featured presentations from local experts, interactive workshops, musical performances, skits, and a variety of activities > Continue Reading