PHOTO: Elements of Education ArtRageous fundraising event

Goodwill is one of several local organizations exploring alternatives to the annual gala event fundraiser. While highly produced events and auctions can bring in big dollars, they also require significant staff resources and carry the risk of big losses if events don't strike the right balance of budgeting, memorable experiences for donors, and mission-inspired giving.

PHOTO: Jan Parker serving up guests at the Kain Tayo event (via Adriana Zan)

When Tacoma-based arts organizer Clarissa Grace Gines and local chef, Jan Parker struggled to find events in Pierce County that celebrated their Filipino heritage, they used a Spark Grant to help create their own.  

Their event, Kain Tayo!, which translates to "Let's eat!" gathered over 300 people at Tacoma's RAIN Incubator Space for a Filipino fiesta featuring food, art, music, karaoke and traditional games. 

PHOTO: Cover of Pierce County Partners, GTCF 2019

Over the past 38 years, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has seen Pierce County grow and change, but what has remained constant is the passion people bring to building a thriving community. Sharing community knowledge and stories about our lived experiences builds everyone's ability to make a positive impact.

In our latest annual book of Pierce County partners, we share stories and insights from individuals and organizations who are making a difference in Pierce County. In their own words, they speak about the dreams and lessons that fuel their work in the community.  

Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the South Sound Planned Giving Council, the South Sound Philanthropy Summit is a one-day exploration of what the future holds for philanthropy in the South Puget Sound area and beyond. 

Guest Speakers and topics include: 
  • Victoria Woodards, Mayor, City of Tacoma - Community Address
  • Michael Moody, Ph.D - Generation Impact: How Next-Gen Donors are Revolutionizing Giving
  • Kristen Corning Bedford - A Generous Heart: How Feminist Philanthropy is Changing the Culture of Giving
  • Next-Gen Philanthropy Panel facilitated by Megan Sukys, GTCF VP of Communication featuring:
    • Jordan Beckingham, Ben B. Cheney Foundation
    • Kim Fisher, CFP, SVP and Wealth Advisor, Wells Fargo Private Bank
    • Emily Schell, Youth Philanthropy Board Member, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
September 27, 2019 8am-3pm at UWT - William Phillip Hall

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