GTCF Impact Lessons
The PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund invested $7.9 million to support organizations providing services to address urgent needs and the disruption of basic human services to Pierce County’s most vulnerable populations due to COVID-19 and the necessary public health measures to address it.
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Public Schools, and numerous Expanded Learning providers have been engaged in the Wallace Foundation-funded Tacoma Whole Child Partnership. This community-wide effort aimed to ensure every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged in and out of school.
With census data guiding how more than $800 billion a year in federal funding is distributed, helping to create jobs, provide housing and build schools, roads and hospitals, GTCF aligned efforts with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office to support a complete count in Pierce County for the 2020 Census.
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation established a Youth Philanthropy Board in 2011 to connect a diverse cohort of young people, ages 15-24 , with a passion for community to the skills and tools necessary to cultivate positive change.
Spark grants are micro-grants to individuals designed to bring people-powered ideas and dreams to life in Pierce County, sparking positive social and neighborhood change through the efforts of grass-roots leadership.