Greater Tacoma Community Foundation leader to retire next summer

The President and CEO of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation announced Thursday she will retire next summer.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to work with passionate people who invest in making our community an even better place to live, work, and play,” said Rose Lincoln Hamilton, who joined the philanthropic organization in 2004. “I am proud of the work we’ve done together over the last decade. I have learned so much during my time here and am grateful to be part of an organization impacting thousands of lives every year. After I retire, I look forward to staying involved in community efforts.”

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation aims to strengthen the community by fostering generosity and connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since its creation in 1981, the organization has distributed more than $94 million in grants and scholarships. It currently manages more than 450 funds and $107 million in assets. During Lincoln Hamilton’s tenure, the organization more than doubled its assets from $48 million to $107 million, and awarded grants totaling $34 million.

“Rose has devoted eleven years to increasing the reach of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation,” said Ben. B. Cheney Foundation Executive Director Bradbury Cheney. “Her leadership and collaboration with other funders has led to increased partnerships that have supported numerous community efforts. Under her tenure, these positive outcomes have further established the Community Foundation as a valuable community asset.”

Lincoln Hamilton will retire in June 2015. She currently serves on the board of directors of Commencement Bank, Philanthropy Northwest, Foundation for Tacoma Students, Lakewold Gardens, Pacific Bonsai Museum, Tacoma Housing Authority, and University of Washington Tacoma’s Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Lincoln Hamilton was the Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Director of Community Relations at Safeco Corporation.

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