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Mar
7

Partnering to Leave a Legacy: Elaine Stafford & Shelby Clayson

Filed Under: Uncategorized,Vibrant Community,Women's Economic Opportunity - Posted @ 11:02am

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

Mar
7

6 Tips From Pierce County Organizations for Attracting and Retaining Volunteers

Filed Under: Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 10:49am

Tacoma Community Boat Builders’ crew of 36 volunteer mentors were recently named Pierce County Volunteer Group of the year.  In 2018, the group collectively served over 4,100 hours building boats and forging bonds of friendship with youth from the Pierce County Juvenile Court system.  Executive Director Shannon A. Shea says these volunteers are the heart > Continue Reading

Mar
7

KBTC Uses Marbles, Paint, and Dr. Seuss to Make After-school Science Fun

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 10:42am

On a recent afternoon at Jennie Reed Elementary School,  first-grader Sadie’Sade was one of about a dozen students using a tray filled with paint and marbles to try to create a picture.  As she rocked the tray back and forth she said,  “I like it because it’s fun!”  But the activity was more than just > Continue Reading

Mar
6

Endowment Funds Help L’Arche Tahoma Hope’s Community for the Long-Term

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 1:12pm

L’Arche Tahoma Hope is a familiar sight at local farmers markets, offering flower baskets, plants, and vegetables. That produce is grown on six acres in rural Pierce County by members of the L’Arche community, people with and without developmental disabilities.   Although the market booths are the most visible part of L’Arche’s work, the 43-year old organization also supports and enriches the lives of its community > Continue Reading

Feb
7

Sparking Change Starts With Seeing The Need

Filed Under: Spark Grants,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 12:07pm

  Seventeen year-old Caleb Kamalu was volunteering at  F.U.N Food Bank in his hometown of University Place when he noticed food bank staff struggling to explain something to a customer. The woman had filled up her cart with more than the allotted amount of items, and a staff member was trying to explain that she > Continue Reading

Feb
6

Morning Art Teaches Tacoma Students About Making Choices

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 3:55pm

On a recent Tuesday morning, Sasha, a third-grader at Tacoma’s Fawcett Elementary, created a sumi ink painting while catching up with a few of her best friends before school started. Sasha is one of about 70 students at six local elementary schools who participate in Breakfast Sketch Club, an Expanded Learning Opportunity provided by Tacoma > Continue Reading

Feb
6

Partnering For An Engaged Community: Bill & Della Robertson

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Uncategorized,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 2:01pm

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

Feb
6

Don’t Let The Fear Of “No” Get In The Way Of Giving

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Professional Advisors - Posted @ 1:46pm

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

Jan
9

Expanded Learning Opportunities Help Students Learn Empathy and Cooperation

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 9:23pm

Standing at the door to their school gymnasium, Caleb and his classmates giggled playfully in a huddle.  “Remember your audience can see you, so you are on stage now,” their director reminded them.  They quickly straightened up and smiled, confidently taking their places to welcome their incoming guests. “The nature of creating art is rooted > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Hiring Locally Strengthens Local Organizations

Filed Under: Strengthening Pierce County,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 9:15pm

  As a high school math teacher in Tacoma, Tim Herron developed the Act Six initiative in 2002 to help his students succeed in college and return to lead in their community. Today, as the President of Tacoma-based nonprofit Degrees of Change—which now operates the Act Six initiative—he continues to build on that effort by hiring > Continue Reading