Three different friends from other areas of the country each told me they are planning vacations to the Tacoma. They all talked about seeing the museums, trying restaurants, enjoying nature, and getting out on the water. Recent news coverage has raised Pierce County's profile and visitors have plenty to enjoy when arrive.

It doesn't surprise me that more and more people want to experience Pierce County. But, seeing our home through a tourist's eye has reminded me of all the fun activities I take for granted: walking through Point Defiance, attending events on the UW-T campus, and enjoying all the treats at Point Ruston. One thing I haven't done that will be on my list for this summer: fishing.

There are so many wonderful experience because dedicated and caring individuals, organizations, and businesses give of their time, talent, and treasure to make this a greater community for everyone. I hope you find time this summer to experience all our home has to offer. And if you see me down on the Les Davis pier, say hi!

President/CEO, GTCF

PHOTO: Michael Moody, Co-Author "Generation Impact", and Danielle Oristian York of 21/64 at GTCF event

GTCF explored the challenges and opportunities to fostering generosity across generations through two events in May. National experts from 21/64  a nonprofit specializing in family philanthropy, shared research and insights into how families, professional advisers, and nonprofits can communicate effectively to different generations about philanthropy.

PHOTO: Tacoma Farmers Market Fresh Bucks

We all know Farmer's Markets bring a fun atmosphere and a sense of community, but did you know they also play an integral role in  helping promote food equity?  

PHOTO: Tacoma students from Broadway Center's Ballet Folkl√≥rico program at Northwest Folklife Festival

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts Ballet F olkl√≥rico and World Drumming programs provide an opportunity for students to celebrate their heritage and invite others to learn and share in it as well.  They are also integral in helping students build self-confidence, and develop supportive friendships with each other.

As community and nonprofit organizations work to build a stronger community, examining internal structures and policies for bias and institutional barriers to inclusion is an important step. In its  commitment to ongoing professional development and organizational equity, GTCF has been gathering tools which support evaluation and transformation. 

PHOTO: Tacoma Fuji Taiko performs at Day of Remembrance event (by Jesse Love)

We believe great things happen when community gathers together, so we love to highlight events that showcase the unique ways people are coming together across Pierce County. 
We talked with Tamiko Nimura from  Tacoma Japanese American History , Michael Haeflinger of  Write 253 , and Katherine Wimble Fox from  Pacific Bonsai Museum  to hear about events they put on recently, and what they learned along the way. 
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