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Oct
11

Health Care Careers Pathway Opens for Tacoma Students

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Strengthening Pierce County,Uncategorized - Posted @ 10:31am

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

Sep
7

Community Health Fair Inspires Medical Professionals to Explore School-Based Health Centers

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 5:52pm

Getting sports physicals for all five of her children is usually a huge undertaking for Shirley Sagapolu. “We normally go to a free clinic, since the physicals aren’t covered by Medicare,” Sagapolu said, “but they only do two a day so we have to make several trips and take time off work to get all > Continue Reading

Sep
7

Local Nonprofits Respond to Immigrant and Refugee Needs

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 5:35pm

  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

Sep
7

Local Girls Connect with Nature and Career Possibilities through Environmental Justice Camp

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Spark Grants - Posted @ 5:20pm

When T’wina Nobles walked into her office on a recent Monday morning, she couldn’t wait to tell her co-workers about the Environmental Justice Camp she hosted for a group of local girls over the weekend.  “I was so excited, I was like, Oh you’ve got to see all the pictures!” The Environmental Justice Camp was > Continue Reading

Aug
8

Chalk Art Builds Community on Thea Foss Waterway

Filed Under: Spark Grants - Posted @ 1:11pm

“We didn’t even know all this was down here.” That’s the reaction Ian Wilkinson, General Manager of the Foss Harbor Marina, often hears when people first encounter the parks, restaurants, and  other recreational activities available on the waterfront. “Maybe it’s because of how the waterfront is separated, as a result of the highway being here, there > Continue Reading

Aug
8

‘In Our Backyard’ Event Activates Community Conversation on Homelessness

Filed Under: Housing,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:04pm

Every month, GTCF talks with organizers of events posted on our Community Calendar to find out what happened and what they learned. In this edition, Roni Chelben – City of Tacoma Artist in Residence shares her experience putting together In Our Backyard, a traveling series of community events that uses various arts and participatory experiences to > Continue Reading

Jul
11

GTCF Planned Giving Webinar Series Provides Valuable Insights for Local Nonprofits

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 3:30pm

  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

Jul
11

Spark Grants: Creative Solutions from Grassroots Leaders

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Spark Grants - Posted @ 11:36am

 While volunteering with elementary school students in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood, Chelsea McElroy saw a lot of girls fighting and getting into trouble at school.  Wanting to help, she brought the girls together to work out their issues peacefully.  The problem was, when she got all the girls in a room together, nobody wanted to > Continue Reading

Jul
11

Arts, Science, and Living History Draw Big Crowds at Community Events

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 11:33am

Great things happen when community gathers together. Every month, GTCF talks with organizers of events posted on our Community Calendar to find out what happened and what they learned. In this edition, Rosemary Ponnekanti from Tacoma OceanFest and Chris Staudinger from Puyallup Meeker Days  share their experiences putting on large-scale community festivals in June. Tacoma > Continue Reading

Jun
7

Evaluating Organizational Approaches to Diversity

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 2:29pm

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