Teachers are most often a young person’s closest source of opportunity and essential to the success of every child. The Teacher Impact Award grant was created by the Foundation for Tacoma Students in 2015 to support the creative ways teachers boost student achievement every day. Thanks to your support during the 2019 Cradle to Career Luncheon, we raised nearly $20,000 for the Teacher Impact Awards! These awards offer teachers extra support to provide learning opportunities and supplies that amplify student progress. Teacher Impact Awards can be used by teachers in [...]
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In June 2019, the Foundation for Tacoma Students announced a one-time investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to deepen the capacity and capability of the Graduate Tacoma community-wide movement. This investment presents an opportunity to elevate our collective action through sub-grant funding in three investment areas and, most importantly, strengthen our ability to improve outcomes for all students. Honoring our shared learning agenda, we are calling this initiative the Graduate Tacoma Community Learning Fund. This portal includes everything grant applicants need to successfully submit a proposal for a [...]
The Foundation for Tacoma Students seeks a community based organization or institution to serve as a community intermediary to help lead and coordinate efforts to improve postsecondary pathways for Tacoma students, with a focus on system-related interventions and programs that directly impact postsecondary access and enrollment. Background/Introduction The Foundation for Tacoma Students (FFTS) is the organizational backbone of the Graduate Tacoma community-wide movement. In pursuit of our mission to help every child achieve success from cradle to college and career, we have spent the last nine years working to [...]
Ben Mitchell is Project Manager for the recent investment in Tacoma by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aimed at strengthening our ability to improve outcomes for our youngest residents — from cradle to career. In this role, Ben will be supporting and working in partnership with the Foundation for Tacoma Students, Graduate Tacoma Partners and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to elevate the Graduate Tacoma community-wide movement in three areas: Community Partner Capacity and Capability; Data Capacity and Capability; and Postsecondary Access and Completion. Prior [...]
Dear Partners & Friends, As Holly shared in her gracious letter earlier this week, the baton has been passed and I will officially resign as Founding President of the Foundation at the end of this month. I’m writing today to express gratitude to you and so many across this community who have helped build and strengthen the Graduate Tacoma movement since the beginning. Please forgive the length, but the list of thanks could go on for chapters. It’s hard to believe it’s back-to-school for the graduating Class [...]
Dear Graduate Tacoma partners & friends, As a school year full of promise begins for our community’s students, teachers and families, I am inspired by and grateful for the actions of so many people working together to ensure every child in Tacoma succeeds in school, career and life. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Tacoma Students, the backbone organization for the Graduate Tacoma movement, I would like to share particular thanks for the bold leadership of founding President & CEO Eric Wilson and to [...]
Friends and Colleagues, As we roll out an important investment in the Tacoma community, we have already learned so much from leaders in the Graduate Tacoma movement who bring a wealth of expertise working with young people every day. Last month’s info-sessions helped us further refine key components to the grant and subgranting process. We recorded a number of your questions, so that you can revisit our responses here. In a brief community survey, you also helped us better understand Tacoma’s greatest funding needs in order to strengthen our collective [...]
Joseph Colón is the Assistant Director of Collective Action at the Foundation for Tacoma Students. A Tacoma native, he is a collective action leader and anti-racism activist with a passion for social justice, equity, and systems change. His extensive cross-sector experience spans local, grassroots organizations to institutions of higher education. Joseph brings a unique situatedness to his role at the Foundation for Tacoma Students, as a first generation, biracial, latinx scholar who took a circuitous, non-traditional path to and through higher education. His primary role at the Foundation is to [...]
The Foundation for Tacoma Students is thrilled to launch a two-year investment of $2.5 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to deepen the capacity and capability of the Graduate Tacoma community-wide movement. One of just five communities nationwide to receive this funding opportunity, Tacoma is the only community selected with proposed investments rooted deeply in increasing community partner capacity and capability. This time-bound grant has the potential to drive catalytic systems improvement by investing in three granting areas: Community Partner Capacity & Capability; Data Capacity & Capability; Postsecondary [...]
Dear Partners and Friends, It's an honor to share some exciting news! We are thrilled to announce a new and game-changing investment into the larger Tacoma community aimed at deepening and scaling partnerships for student success. This month, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $2.5 million to be invested over the next two years into increasing the capacity and capability of the Graduate Tacoma community-wide movement! Your collective support for Tacoma's future generation of leaders and professionals has become a national model for working together. This investment is recognition [...]