The Puyallup Tribe has awarded 42 local organizations a combined $354,767 through the Tribe’s Charity Trust Board. Representatives of more than 40 nonprofit and charitable organizations gathered on Dec. 13 at the Emerald Queen Event Center in Tacoma, where members of the Puyallup Tribal Council greeted them and thanked them for their work.
“This is a really good thing for us. It fills our hearts, our spirits, with a lot of love knowing that we can help people in this community. We so appreciate you guys being here today,” said Vice Chairwoman Sylvia Miller.
The third-quarter donations of 2022 are funded from Emerald Queen Casino revenue as part of an agreement with the state of Washington that includes additional contributions for smoking cessation and problem gambling programs, and for impact costs paid to local governments for such things as fire and police services.
The Puyallup Tribe has donated over $17 million to hundreds of local organizations through its Charity Trust Board over the past 10 years. The Puyallup Tribal Council has donated millions more out of its own budget to help community organizations ranging from Rotary Club to Communities for a Healthy Bay.
“Congratulations, and thank you for your great work in the community!” the Puyallup Tribal Council said.
Casino operations are also the single biggest revenue source for the Puyallup Tribe’s government. They pay for comprehensive services to the Tribe’s Membership, including children’s services, housing, educational support, emergency assistance and funeral services. In the past two years, the Tribe has embarked on an ambitious economic diversification program that will not only strengthen its economic base to bring security for future generations but bring more jobs to the region.
Each quarter, qualifying organizations are encouraged to apply for the donation with preference given to projects that demonstrate benefits or services to Natives as part of their service population. Learn more about the Charity Trust Board and how to apply for a grant here: http://www.puyallup-tribe.com/charitytrustboard/
The Charitable Trust Board has awarded donations to the follow organizations:
Agriculture & Forestry Education Foundation
Allen African American Methodist Episcopal Church
Ascend Gymnastics Booster
Carol Milgard Breast Center
Communities in Schools of Tacoma
Congregations for the Homeless
Crazy Faith Outreach
Deschutes Rugby Club
Diabetes Association of Pierce County
Fife Junior Football & Cheer
Fife Public Schools Native American Education Program
Foundation for Edmonds School District
Friends of Pediatrics Northwest
Graham Kapowsin Senior Center/Community Council
Greentrike (formerly Children’s Museum of Tacoma)
Native American Church Qua-Utz of North America
Northwest Furniture Bank
Pierce Center for Arts and Technology
Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution
Save Our Water Tower
School’s Out Washington
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Sharenet Food Bank
St. Cecilia Catholic Church for Knights of Columbus
Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity
Tacoma Youth Chorus
Tavon Learning Center
The Daffodil Festival
The Evergreen State College Foundation
The TEARS Foundation
Thomas Jefferson Raider Parent Movement
Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska Washington Chapter
Washington School Principals Education Foundation/DBA Cispus
Washington State Chaplains Foundation
Wellspring Family Services
Yakama Warriors Association
Young Business Men of Washington
Go to this news post to see photos from the event