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Mar
12

Partnering to Leave A Legacy: Wayne Williams, GTCF Legacy Society Member

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:01am

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

Mar
11

Parents See the Difference Caring Adults Make for Their Students

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 3:44pm

Members of the Vision Step team at Edison Elementary School marched into the cafeteria as they wrapped up their after-school step dance session on a recent afternoon. As the girls waited for their rides to arrive, Codi Scharry and Danielle Bryant, parents of team members, handed out Rice Krispy treats to everyone. “I bring snacks > Continue Reading

Mar
10

Community Conversations Open Doors To Census Participation

Filed Under: Census 2020 - Posted @ 3:57pm

“Our Elders tell us stories about the abuse our people endured during the boarding school era, when government officials would lock our children in closets for speaking their native language. To this day some choose not to shut doors in their homes. Parents attempted to hide their children during those times, so that they wouldn’t > Continue Reading

Feb
13

Partnering To Inspire Young Women – T’wina Nobles, Ladies First

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:05pm

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

Feb
13

Every Adult Can Build Youth Resilience and Help Students Thrive

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 1:01pm

During the end-of-school hustle and bustle on a recent afternoon at Tacoma’s Reed Elementary School, a group of students gathered around Gary Lowery. He sat on the steps of a stage in the cafeteria strumming his guitar. After playing a couple tunes of his own, Gary passed the guitar around the circle and let each > Continue Reading

Feb
13

Boris And The Enduring Impact of Endowments

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 12:47pm

At 34 years old, Boris the polar bear is believed to be the oldest male polar bear in the world. Boris has lived over half of his life at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where he found a safe, caring home after being rescued from a tropical circus. From special vitamins and foods to > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Simple Strategies Help Students (and Adults) Move Through Challenging Emotions

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 3:16pm

An easy way to soothe stress is right at your fingertips. Using your forefinger, slowly draw a sideways figure 8 in the air. Breathe in as you move your finger to the right. Breathe out as your finger closes the loop. Repeat drawing the figure with the breaths as many times as it takes to > Continue Reading

Jan
9

GTCF Youth Philanthropy Board Engages in Dialogue Many Adults Won’t

Filed Under: Youth Philanthropy Board - Posted @ 2:39pm

  Racial differences split GTCF’s Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) in two at a recent meeting. It wasn’t a rift in the group. Breaking into discussion groups according to racial identity was part of a facilitated exercise to support deeper reflection about how racism shows up in our community. “Noticing how I don’t have the same > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Intentionally Planning a Year of Generosity

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 2:29pm

There are currently four generations and more than fifteen family members engaged in the Nist Family’s philanthropy. Thanks to a well-defined giving strategy, one of the family’s youngest members guided the family’s annual giving. “In the end, he helped us all recognize the organization that was most closely aligned with our mission.” “We want to > Continue Reading

Jan
8

Partnering to Connect Diverse Leaders: Beth Boggs, American Leadership Forum of Tacoma-Pierce County

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 2:47pm

Over the past 39 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 > Continue Reading