Home-Grown Leadership in Pierce County
In 2017, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation awarded $500,000 in single and multi-year grants to 39 nonprofit organizations through its Strengthening Pierce County program, which provides general operating support funds. These > Continue Reading
Photos and Gratitude: Tips for Social Media Success from The Wishing Well
Using Social Media to Build the Donor Community On a recent December afternoon, The Wishing Well founder, Erika Thompson, and her parents, cleaned up after a group of 35 volunteers > Continue Reading
“Never Stop Looking for Answers” April Sage, Key Bank
A Conversation with the Vision Sponsor of GTCF’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Workshops Never stop looking for answers. Never. No matter how you feel. No matter how unsafe or destitute, no matter > Continue Reading
GTCF’s 10th Foundation of Art Award Honors 10 Pierce County Artists
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation will honor ten Pierce County visual artists for the 10th Foundation of Art Award in recognition of the growth of the local arts community since the > Continue Reading
Social and Emotional Learning for Kids Starts with Adults
More than fifty Tacoma organizations came together on Tuesday, February 28 at the Graduate Tacoma headquarters to begin developing a unified approach to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for local > Continue Reading
Tacoma tragedy shines light on Domestic Violence in our Community
The tragic event that occurred in Tacoma last week illuminated the very real issue of domestic violence and its impact on friends and neighbors in our communities. We hope you > Continue Reading
Putting Love and Compassion at the Forefront of Learning
Last Friday, in partnership with Pierce County SAFE Alliance, Oasis Youth Center, and Rainbow Center, we held a special training for our partner nonprofits that provided participants the legal and social context needed to be inclusive and welcoming to transgender people. This interactive workshop offered rich content as well as opportunities to ask questions. It was a learning experience that deepened our knowledge, compassion and commitment to ensuring ALL people are welcome and safe in our community.
Creating Legacy, Impact and Income with Charitable Giving
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.
Let’s Be Bold, Brave & Brilliant for Gender Equity
There is no question that investing in women and girls raises the watermark for the entire community. I love the Melinda Gates’ quote in a recent Fortune Magazine article when she said, “if you want to make life better for a community, you should start by investing in its women and girls. When I talk to women, a universal desire is to bring every good thing to our kids. Women tend to spend their resources on their families—prioritizing things like healthcare, nutritious food, education, and all the building blocks of a thriving society. The way I think about it is that when we invest in women, we invest in the people who invest in everyone else. So when we match their commitment with our own, great things are possible.”
Desmond Tutu Provides Insight on Financial Planning & Community
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.