Community Learning Fund


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 of $2.5 million presents an opportunity to elevate our collective action and, most importantly, strengthen our ability to improve outcomes for all students.

Through the Graduate Tacoma Community Learning Fund, we aim to accelerate our progress towards closing racial and economic disparities for Tacoma’s future generations. To do this, we are committed to two learnings:

  1. We will increase our understanding of the various types of equity impacting young people in Tacoma.
  2. We will increase our understanding of the ways that practices, policies and behaviors influence systems change.
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Framework for Systems Change

Find out how the Community Learning Fund will lead to long term outcomes.
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Shared Learning Agenda

Find out how this investment will lead to three layers of shared learning.
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NEWS & UPDATES

 

ANNOUNCING SUBGRANTEES!

The Foundation for Tacoma Students is thrilled to announce 38 organizations to receive subgrant funding through the Community Learning Fund! This is the first investment of its kind, with approximately $1M to be granted over the course of 2020. Check out the full list of recipients.
 

 

DATA CONSULTANTS SELECTED

Local experts and data consultants, the Puget Sound Educational Service District and Alessandra Pollock Consulting will be conducting a landscape scan of our community’s data needs. Their research will inform future tool development, curriculum, and strategies.

 

STUDY FINDINGS: WHAT IT TAKES TO GET AN EDUCATION AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

The Foundation for Tacoma Students launched an environmental scan studying the factors most challenging to Tacoma students seeking a postsecondary education. The results are now in. Find out some of the key takeaways from this scan, or read the whole report!

INVESTMENT AREAS

Over the course of 2020, subgrant funding will be distributed across three investment areas to organizations and institutions serving Tacoma youth. By elevating our collective action in the following areas, this investment can fundamentally strengthen our ability to improve outcomes for all students — from cradle to career. 

*Postsecondary includes any plans beyond high school. This could include apprenticeships, military trades, career, etc.

EXECUTIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Executive Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from a diverse set of community organizations to provide strategic insight, avoid duplication, and ensure coordinated efforts throughout the Graduate Tacoma Community Learning Fund.


April Black
Tacoma Housing Authority
Deputy Executive Director


Diana Comfort
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
Executive Director, Tacoma-Pierce County


Tanya Durand
Greentrike
Executive Director


Sandra Eliason
Metro Parks Tacoma
Chief Marketing & Development Officer


Louis Garcia
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
President & CEO


Mentha Hynes-Wilson
University of Washington Tacoma
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs & Enrollment Services


Jonathan Jackson
Palmer Scholars
Executive Director


Dr. Kimberly Keith
Hilltop Artists
Executive Director


Shanna Lamar
College Success Foundation
Executive Director


Priscilla Lisicich
Safe Streets Campaign
Executive Director


Dr. Joyce Loveday
Clover Park Technical College
President


T’wina Nobles
Tacoma Urban League
President