Pierce County Funders Meeting - Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC)

Pierce County Funders Meeting - Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC)

Event details

Monday, May 21, 2018
9:30am to 11:30am PDT
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, 950 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402

About this event

Tacoma/Pierce County is one of 10 communities across the U.S. participating in the multi-year Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC) initiative. SPARC activities include public discussions and forums, trainings for providers and community stakeholders, qualitative and quantitative research, and collaborations with leadership in housing, health care, education, criminal justice, and other systems. The first year focused on data collection and research for the community-specific and initiative-wide reports. Work going forward will include on-going support of local initiatives to address the impacts of structural racism through projects and further data analysis. Join us to learn more about SPARC in Tacoma/Pierce County from guest speakers Pamela Duncan from the City of Tacoma and Tess Colby from Pierce County.

9:30 - 10:30am: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC) Initiative 

  • Pamela Duncan, Manager, Human Services Division, Department of Neighborhood & Community Services, City of Tacoma​
  • Tess Colby, Manager, Human Services Division, Pierce County Human Services

10:30-11:30am: Update on Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in Pierce County

Eligibility: Participation in this meeting is open to philanthropic organizations that are currently making grants in Pierce County. This includes corporate giving offices, private and public foundations, community foundations, government grantmakers and CDFI institutions with a philanthropic focus. You do not need to be a Philanthropy Northwest member to participate but do need to represent an organizational philanthropic institution. It is not appropriate for non-profit organizations or individuals to attend. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact Lyn Hunter at

Background: Philanthropy Northwest supports the Pierce County Funders Group, a network of our members and other grantmakers who fund in Pierce County. The group meets throughout the year to share information, learn from each other and get to know their peers in the Pierce County funding community. It is  currently co-chaired by Gina Anstey, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation; Gina Breukelman, The Boeing Company; Susan Dobkins, The Russell Family Foundation; Holly Hunt, The Bamford Foundation and staffed by Lyn Hunter, Philanthropy Northwest.

How to Register: If this is your first time registering, you will need to create a user account by clicking on the orange "Login to Register" button then follow the orange prompts to create a new account. Creating a new account may take up to 2 hours, so please be patient.

If you have registered with us before 1) Login and click on the orange "Register Now" button in the box on the right. 2) The same page will reload but this time click on "Cart" at the top of your screen. 3) A Shopping Cart page will appear. Click on the orange "Checkout" button. You should receive a confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive one, you did not register successfully so please contact us for assistance.

Please contact Lyn Hunter for programming questions and Kelley Bevans for technical assistance.