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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

Dec
12

Warm Greetings, 3 Breaths, And A Constitution Help Students Thrive

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 4:19pm

When the bell rang on a recent Tuesday afternoon at Jennie Reed Elementary School, the halls were filled with students in neat, single-file lines. Each line moved in a different direction depending on where the students went after school. A handful of these lines converged on the cafeteria where students gathered for Jaguar Jump, Reed’s > Continue Reading

Dec
12

Move Beyond the Overhead Myth To Giving For Impact

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 2:33pm

The end of the calendar year is a time when charitable giving is in the spotlight. Just as there are myths associated with many year-end cultural celebrations, there are also myths associated with philanthropy. Some ideas about charitable giving are rooted in well-meaning, but incorrect assumptions about nonprofits. Other myths are holdovers from outdated approaches > Continue Reading

Dec
12

Partnering for Life-Centered Planning – Bev Cox, Certified Financial Planner

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Professional Advisors - Posted @ 2:22pm

  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 > Continue Reading

Dec
12

2020 Census Outreach Depends On Community Connections

Filed Under: Census 2020 - Posted @ 2:04pm

For the past year, Chris Jordan and his team at Fab-5 have been inviting youth, neighbors, and elders of the Tacoma Hilltop community to shape the development of new affordable housing units, and new community, commercial, and retail space along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way corridor. Chris Jordan is co-Director of Fab-5, a nonprofit > Continue Reading

Nov
14

New Youth Philanthropy Board Members Excited To Work On Community Issues Together

Filed Under: Youth Philanthropy Board - Posted @ 3:22pm

18 Pierce County youth leaders joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s 2019-20 Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) cohort on October 23, 2019. Representing six local high schools and three colleges, a common theme for all members is a dedication to giving back to the community that gave them opportunities to succeed.   “When you have a community > Continue Reading