Archive of: Non-Profits

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'Trees' generate big bucks for Centralia

Providence Centralia Foundation Festival of Trees raised $115,000 for the Chemotherapy Infusion Department at the new Centralia Cancer Center. The cancer center is under construction, with an opening planned for the summer of 2009.

December 2008

Twenty art projects funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced $50,000 in 2009 Arts Project funding to 20 different Tacoma organizations in support of public outreach projects in the fields of music, dance, theater, poetry and the visual arts. The awards range in value from $1,000 to $4,000 and serve a cross-section of Tacoma's community.

December 2008

Tacoma youth programs earn state plaudits

Tacoma Urban Network has won the Family Policy Council Exceptional Results Award for partnering with other Pierce County organizations to make significant reductions in juvenile crime within the Tacoma area.

"The amazing cooperation among the Tacoma partners was instrumental in uniting the community to achieve what could not be achieved alone," said FPC Executive Director Laura Porter. "It is an inspiration to everyone who comes in contact with the Tacoma Juvenile Justice System.

December 2008

Corporations' giving remains steady

Total corporate contributions in the United States and abroad amounted to $10.97 billion in 2007, up slightly from $10.2 billion in 2006, The Conference Board reports today in its annual survey of corporate giving to worthy causes. Projections for 2008 indicated very little increase in corporate giving.

Total giving by 197 U.S. businesses polled was $8.62 billion in 2007, with a median contributions budget of $10.03 million per corporation.               

December 2008

$1.4 million to help ease food crisis

In response to increased need, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced $1.4 million in grants that will result in both immediate aid for three Pacific Northwest emergency food relief agencies and long-term improvement of the region's food assistance infrastructure.

Funds provided to Food Lifeline, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest and the Oregon Food Bank will be used to increase the amount of emergency food distributed throughout Western and Eastern Washington, and the Portland metropolitan area by more than 23 million pounds over the next several years, which will provide more than 18 million meals to people in need.

December 2008

Steilacoom Chamber transitions

Don Rehburg (Lt. Col. USA-ret.) was honored by the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce at the organization's December business meeting/dinner this week. Rehburg, a former Steilacoom Citizen of the Year, and long-time Chamber president --"because no one else would take the job," Rehburg joked -- officially passed the gavel to incoming Chamber president Cindy McKitrick during the evening.

Don "The Colonel" isn't entirely severing his connection with the 120+ member organization. He'll serve on the board of directors for at least the next year. Newly elected board members include Kevin Callahan and Al Lawrence. For more information about the Chamber, contact Secretary Veva Maddox at 584-4177.

Courtesy: The Suburban Times, Dec. 12, 2008

December 2008

Around the Sound

The economic crisis, with twists and turns arriving every day, is something we all must face. What can we as citizens expect in the next couple of years?

Hear opinions and perspective from noted economics professors from Tacoma's three universities: Dr. Bruce Mann, University of Puget Sound; Dr. Gregory Noronha, University of Washington Tacoma; and Dr. Jawad Salimi, Pacific Lutheran University.

City Club of Tacoma will host this panel conversation on Wednesday, Dec. 17, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m., lunch being served at noon and the program running from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Cost: $23 for members, $30 for guests (includes lunch.) Advance reservations required by Monday, Dec. 15 at 253-272-9561, or at

December 2008

PSE to award $600,000 to 73 non-profits

The Puget Sound Energy Foundation today announced that it will distribute more than $600,000 to local charitable organizations in Washington this year, directing $120,000 in this month alone to 24 organizations throughout the state as part of the foundation's second round of 2008 grants.

December 2008

People on the move

Beth Johnson has been hired to lead Provider Services for Regence BlueShield. In her role, Johnson will oversee relationships with all provider networks for Regence in Washington. Before joining Regence, Johnson worked 10 years for First Choice Health, most recently as vice president of network management. Before that, she spent four years with MultiCare, first as a practice manager and then as the system manager for plan operations. Earlier in her career, Johnson managed physician clinics. Johnson received her master's degree in Public Health Administration from the University of South Carolina. Her undergraduate degree is from James Madison University in Virginia. A resident of Tacoma, Johnson will be based in Seattle.

Mark Losh
has joined Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Tumwater as a family service professional and advance planning specialist. Mills & Mills is owned by Service Corp. International.

December 2008

Warning: Be cautious with third-party fundraisers

An annual report that outlines just how much money is being pocketed by third-party fundraisers registered in Washington and how much actually goes back to their charity clients was the focus of today's meeting between Secretary of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna. The two joined AARP's volunteer Fraud Fighters to kick off a statewide calling blitz to educate Washington residents about wise charitable giving.

The 2008 Commercial Fundraiser Activity Report showed a total of $1,828,442,302 in contributions was raised by the 110 paid fundraisers registered in Washington, though more than $1.1 billion was raised by a single fundraiser new to the state. It said the average percentage of contributions returned to charity clients was 80 percent overall.

Commercial fundraisers, which can range from telemarketers to mail distributors, collect money on behalf of a variety of groups, like shelters and aid programs. The cut these fundraisers keep and the amount they return to charity varied wildly this year, from 100 percent to nothing at all.

December 2008
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