35 nonprofits receive GTCF grants

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has awarded $213,497 to 35 nonprofit organizations serving Pierce County. The 35 organizations are selected from an application process that began in July 2009. This is the second time that funding is determined by the Community Foundation’€™s grantmaking strategy and vision for a Vibrant Community. The criteria were established to award organizations that focus on root causes, identify systemic challenges, and support community driven solutions. This vision for a Vibrant Community was developed to provide community members both inspiration and hope for what Pierce County can become, as well as a philanthropic guide for the Community Foundation’s own philanthropy.

The grants are separated into five different categories: Arts and Culture; Basic Need; Education; Environment; and Neighborhoods and Community.

This is the second of two grantmaking cycles in 2009 for the Community Foundation, bringing the total of grants awarded in 2009 to approximately $620,000. The deadline to apply for a grant in the Spring 2010 cycle is Fri., Jan. 15, 2010. Details on the application process can be found at gtcf.org.

“Our vision for a Vibrant Community continues to develop and we are very excited for the response we have received from many organizations in our community,” says the Community Foundation President and CEO, Rose Lincoln Hamilton. “We look forward to continuing to work with our community to grow and improve this process.”

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation provides individuals, families, and corporations with the resources and expertise to connect their own values with the philanthropic intent of their choosing. The Community Foundation oversees and invests more than $64 million in assets, established by collecting gifts from donors creating new funds or adding to already existing charitable funds.

Fall 2009 Community Grant Award Winners:

  • American Leadership Forum
  • ArtsEd Washington, Principal’s Arts Leadership Program
  • Associated Ministries
  • Centrum, Young Artist Project
  • Children’s Home Society, Key Peninsula Family Resource Center
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Play to Learn
  • Communities in Schools Orting
  • Fort Nisqually Foundation
  • Giant Magnet, Tacoma Education Programs
  • Greater Metro Parks Foundation, Arts SPARK Program
  • Harbor WildWatch, Harbor Outreach Program and Get Your Feet Wet
  • Helping Hand House
  • Hope Sparks
  • Jumpstart Enterprises, Trinity Neighborhood Clinic
  • L’Arche Tahoma Hope Community, Farm and Garden
  • Lutheran Community Services, Caregiver University
  • Northwest Leadership Foundation, Eastside Youth Development Program
  • Orting Valley Senior Center
  • Pacific Lutheran University, Natural Habitat Restoration Project
  • Palmer Scholars, Spring Training
  • Parents & Students in Action, Forest Adventures
  • PCC Farmland Trust, Farmland Stewardship Program
  • Pierce College Foundation, Lakewood Computer Clubhouse
  • Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Oasis Center
  • Prison Pet Partnership Program, Service Dog Program
  • Tacoma Area Literacy Council
  • Tacoma Concert Band
  • Tacoma Contemporary, Woolworth Windows Urban Art Installations
  • Tacoma Goodwill Industries, REACH Peer Support
  • Tacoma School of the Arts Partners, Adjunct Artist Program
  • Tahoma Audubon Society, OSPREY After-School Environmental Club
  • University of Puget Sound, Access Program Summer Academic Challenge
  • Washington State Historical Society, With Our Hands World Folk Art Festival
  • Washington State University Foundation, Pierce County HarvestFest Farm Tour
  • Zoo Society, Marine Discovery Center