Puyallup Tribe donates $600,000 to 43 local organizations

Puyallup Tribe donates $600,000 to 43 local organizations

By Puyallup Tribal News staff

The Puyallup Tribe Charity Trust Board has awarded 43 local organizations a combined $600,000.

Representatives of more than 40 nonprofit and charitable organizations were greeted and thanked by members of the Puyallup Tribal Council as they arrived for the Dec. 6 celebration at the Emerald Queen Event Center in Tacoma. Tribal Council delivered remarks recognizing recipients and all attendees gathered for a group photo.

“We are here today to award nonprofits in Washington that are working to make their communities better and that’s all of you,” said Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud.

The donations are for the third quarter of 2023. They 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 more than $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 the Fife Native American Education Program to the Daffodil Festival.

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 a 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.

The Charitable Trust Board has awarded donations to the follow organizations:

Allen AME Church

Asia Pacific Culture Center

Bainbridge High School Girls Basketball Boosters

Communities in Schools of Peninsula

Crescent Heights Elementary

Diabetes Association of Pierce County

Emerald Ridge Lacrosse Club

Facing Homelessness

Fife Native American Education Program

First Baptist Church of Lakewood

Foundation for Edmonds School District

Friends of Pediatrics Northwest

Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare

Hilltop Artists in Residence


Kid Connect

Law Enforcement Youth Camp

League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County

Make a Wish Alaska & Washington

Mountain View Community Center

Multicultural Child & Family Hope Center

Native Action Network

Native American Church Qua-Utz

Northwest Indian College Tulalip Campus

Northwest Indian Housing Association

Northwest Junior Rodeo Association

Northwest Kidney Centers

Nourish Pierce County

Parkway Community Services

Pierce County Santa Cops

Pizza Klatch

Reach Ministries

Seattle Storm Foundation

ShareNet Food Bank

Sidewalk Rescue

South Sound Estuary Association

Sundance Circle Hippotherapy Foundation

Tacoma Youth Chorus

Truly Motivated Transitional Living

United Ways of the Pacific Northwest

Washington Explorer Search and Rescue Pierce County

Washington School Principals Education Foundation

Daffodil Festival / The Daffodilians