Philanthropic leaders from around the region embraced the potential for greater donor diversity at the South Sound Philanthropy Summit in September. Hosted by two volunteer-led organizations, AFP South Sound and South Sound Planned Giving Council, the Summit brought together development professionals, allied professionals, professional advisers, and philanthropists for a day of education and networking. > Continue Reading
Lois Bernstein is always looking for ways to connect her community to healthcare resources. As Chief Community Executive with Multicare Health System, she oversees programs such as the Center for Healthy Living, Adult Day Health, New Adventures Children’s Center and Tree House. Over the past few years, she developed partnerships within the community to connect Tacoma students > Continue Reading
Back in July, GTCF issued three responsive grants to provide immediate resources for legal services and ongoing individual supports for local immigrants. Tacoma Community House, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, and the City of Tacoma Deportation Defense Fund, which has contracted with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to act as a service provider, all received grants. Over > Continue Reading
Planned giving can be a key source of sustainable funding for charities and nonprofits, but developing a strategy to pursue and maintain planned gifts can be challenging. It’s critical to start with an understanding of what motivates donors to make planned gifts, as well as a knowledge of the variety of vehicles donors can > Continue Reading
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
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
As part of our commitment to ongoing professional development, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation staff participated in The People’s Gathering at Pacific Lutheran University this week. We joined with more than 300 professionals from state agencies, education, and nonprofits to engage in frank and open dialogue about race and racial disparities present in work, school, and > Continue Reading
Many of us have annual traditions, meaningful things we do at the same time every year. Here at GTCF, annual grants are a time when we celebrate giving that spans generations. Every February we send out annual grants, a majority of which are endowed funds donors have established with GTCF in order to provide ongoing > Continue Reading
I read this quote about four years ago, close to the time I joined the Board of Directors of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Having been a member of the GTCF Vibrant Community Grants committee before then, I had first-hand experience how challenging many giving decisions are.The mission of the GTCF is noble and much good work has been done to benefit our community. But it is not always easy to determine exactly how much to give or how to best put charitable dollars to work.
When Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu visited Tacoma, he spoke to the crowd about Ubuntu. He said that it was the idea that “my humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours.” I can’t think of another institution in our community that better personifies the belief in Ubuntu than the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.