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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
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
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
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
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
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.
With this article we complete our five-part series on impact investing. The previous articles offered an overview of impact investing, outlined the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s interests in the space, and introduced you to our partners, the National Development Council and Craft3. I hope this series has sparked your interest in the subject and our activities. Now, at the start of 2016, I’d like to share our vision for the year ahead.
The time has come! I have shared with you my understanding of impact investing, and why it is important for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to explore this new investment tool. Now I want to dig into the commitments we have already made. We are proud that they illustrate the diversity of ways we can make our community even stronger. This post will focus on our first investment, with the National Development Council.
You’ve probably already heard that at GTCF we have a big mission: to build a vibrant, compassionate, and engaged Pierce County. To achieve this goal, we look to partner with individuals, families, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and anyone else who is interested in joining us. And, just as we are looking for more people to engage, we are also looking for the most effective tools to do our work.