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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

Aug
7

Local Organizations Go Beyond the Gala for Deeper Donor Engagement

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 1:49pm

When she arrived at her post as president and CEO of Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region in 2017, Lori Forte Harnick wanted to engage donors more deeply in the organization’s transformational work. She had a vision: “More people should be invited to our beautiful work opportunity center so they can see us in > Continue Reading

Jul
11

Expanded Learning Opportunites Lead to Growth for Students and the Adults Who Work With Them

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 11:01am

Students and parents from 12 Elementary Schools in Tacoma celebrated a school year worth of Expanded Learning Opportunities with an event at Edison Elementary on May 30.  The students showcases their learning through art, dance, writing, and song. Parents noticed the difference these Expanded Learning Opportunities made for their kids.  “My son has always been > Continue Reading

Jul
10

2018 Giving Numbers Point to the Importance of Donor Relationships 

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 1:42pm

Charitable giving in 2018 set another overall record, reaching $427.71 billion nationally. Although that is an increase of nearly $3 billion in current dollars from 2017, adjusting for inflation, total giving decreased by $7.4 billion.   Those numbers came from Giving USA’s annual report on philanthropy, offering research into the who, what, and where of giving in 2018.   “Many donors are becoming more sophisticated in the way they want to give and the > Continue Reading

Jul
10

Spark Grant Recipient Helps Provide ‘Showers of Dignity’ for Homeless Neighbors

Filed Under: Spark Grants - Posted @ 1:41pm

They say some of the best ideas come while you’re in the shower, but for Spark Grant recipient Christine Dodson, the shower itself was her big idea.  Her program, Showers of Dignity, aims to provide access to showers for people experiencing homelessness in the Tillicum and Woodbrook community. “It’s definitely a dignity issue. Any one > Continue Reading

Jul
10

Partnering to Find Common Ground: Lyle Quasim, GTCF Board Alumnus

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:21pm

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 > Continue Reading

Jun
13

Partnering For Philanthropy: Bob Pittman, Professional Advisor

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Professional Advisors - Posted @ 11:45am

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

Jun
13

GTCF Youth Philanthropy Board Takes the Lead in Improving Community Connections for Court-Involved Youth

Filed Under: Youth Philanthropy Board - Posted @ 11:36am

 Since 2011, GTCF’s Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) has provided young people in Pierce County an opportunity to identify, explore, and address their concerns for their community by using  philanthropic resources to support change.  This year, the YPB identified youth returning to community after court-involvement as a major issue they wanted to address. The process > Continue Reading

Jun
12

Local Boys Help Each Other Grow in “The Gent Way” Through Tacoma Gents

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 4:06pm

With a stack of pepperoni pizzas sitting on the cafeteria table in front of them, a group of boys from Tacoma’s Birney Elementary School waited patiently while two other boys meticulously counted out the number of pieces available. Then, the young men of the Tacoma Gents after school program worked together to evenly distribute the slices > Continue Reading

Jun
12

Tacoma’s Special Energy Makes It a Great Place for Impact Investing

Filed Under: Professional Advisors - Posted @ 3:36pm

Toby Levey recognized a special kind of energy at work in Tacoma not long after he moved to the region two years ago, “When you come to the Pacific Northwest, you forget very quickly that in other parts of the country, social innovation is considered an impediment to a free market; that greed in large > Continue Reading