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Feb
7

Sparking Change Starts With Seeing The Need

Filed Under: Spark Grants,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 12:07pm

  Seventeen year-old Caleb Kamalu was volunteering at  F.U.N Food Bank in his hometown of University Place when he noticed food bank staff struggling to explain something to a customer. The woman had filled up her cart with more than the allotted amount of items, and a staff member was trying to explain that she > Continue Reading

Feb
6

Morning Art Teaches Tacoma Students About Making Choices

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 3:55pm

On a recent Tuesday morning, Sasha, a third-grader at Tacoma’s Fawcett Elementary, created a sumi ink painting while catching up with a few of her best friends before school started. Sasha is one of about 70 students at six local elementary schools who participate in Breakfast Sketch Club, an Expanded Learning Opportunity provided by Tacoma > Continue Reading

Feb
6

Partnering For An Engaged Community: Bill & Della Robertson

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Uncategorized,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 2:01pm

At Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, we’ve seen how much more we can accomplish when we work together.  Since 1981, community members have shared their commitment to a thriving Pierce County by partnering with GTCF to bring their vision to life and build a legacy for future generations.  In our 2018 yearbook, Pierce County Partners, a few > Continue Reading

Feb
6

Don’t Let The Fear Of “No” Get In The Way Of Giving

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Professional Advisors - Posted @ 1:46pm

When Jan Jacobs led fundraising efforts for the Seattle-based international health innovation nonprofit, PATH, a high-tech sticker helped engage donors with the organization’s mission. Donors were invited to tour the facilities where a PATH product designer, who Jan compared to Bill Nye the Science Guy, “with his apron and ear protectors slung around his neck”, demonstrated > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Expanded Learning Opportunities Help Students Learn Empathy and Cooperation

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 9:23pm

Standing at the door to their school gymnasium, Caleb and his classmates giggled playfully in a huddle.  “Remember your audience can see you, so you are on stage now,” their director reminded them.  They quickly straightened up and smiled, confidently taking their places to welcome their incoming guests. “The nature of creating art is rooted > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Hiring Locally Strengthens Local Organizations

Filed Under: Strengthening Pierce County,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 9:15pm

  As a high school math teacher in Tacoma, Tim Herron developed the Act Six initiative in 2002 to help his students succeed in college and return to lead in their community. Today, as the President of Tacoma-based nonprofit Degrees of Change—which now operates the Act Six initiative—he continues to build on that effort by hiring > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Making a Difference Starts with Making Connections

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 12:22pm

Chris Harvey and Kate Larsen moved to Tacoma a little over a year ago from King and Snohomish counties. They brought with them a deep commitment to supporting their community. This is a community we can personally subscribe ourselves to and invest ourselves in as we take the time to learn about it. It’s extremely > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Partnering to Build Community Philanthropy: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 12:09pm

At Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, we’ve seen how much more we can accomplish when we work together.  Since 1981, community members have shared their commitment to a thriving Pierce County by partnering with GTCF to bring their vision to life and build a legacy for future generations.  In our 2018 yearbook, Pierce County Partners, a few > Continue Reading

Dec
12

Young Leaders Bring Diverse Experiences and Vision to GTCF’s Youth Philanthropy Board

Filed Under: Youth Philanthropy Board - Posted @ 3:31pm

Sometimes it can take a while for a new group to feel comfortable working together.  One thing GTCF Program Director Janece Levien appreciates about the new members of this year’s Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) is their willingness to embrace discomfort in an effort to cultivate positive change. “After a conversation at our last meeting around > Continue Reading

Dec
10

Spark Grants Light Up Communities

Filed Under: Spark Grants,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 11:59am

 It all started with a conversation.  Sandra Smith, a real estate agent from Buckley, says she was talking with her teenage daughter and a group of classmates about a lack of opportunity to contribute to community when the idea for Merry on Main was born.  “They all said, ‘We would [get involved] if there > Continue Reading