Puyallup Tribe donates $641,000 to 34 local organizations

Puyallup Tribe donates $641,000 to 34 local organizations

PUYALLUP RESERVATION, Tacoma, Wash.—The Puyallup Tribe Charity Trust Board and Puyallup Tribal Council have awarded 34 local organizations a combined $641,000.

Representatives of more than 30 nonprofit and charitable organizations were greeted and thanked by members of the Puyallup Tribal Council as they arrived for the March 5 celebration at the Emerald Queen Event Center in Tacoma. Tribal Council delivered remarks recognizing recipients and all attendees gathered for a group photo.

“One thing I’ve found in doing these is hearing about these programs that are all really quality, really good and they all help our communities,” said Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud. “They’re making their communities better, they’re making our communities better.”

The donations are funded from 2023 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 $20 million to hundreds of local organizations through its Charity Trust Board since 2012. The Puyallup Tribal Council has donated millions more out of its own budget to help community organizations that don’t qualify for Charity Trust Board funding, such as Maui United Way, which received $30,000 in 2023 to assist with wildfire relief efforts.

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.

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

Agriculture & Forestry Education Foundation

Ascend Gymnastics Boosters

Battlefield Addiction

Bellwether Housing

Cascade Christian Schools

Child Care Aware of Washington

Children’s Therapy Center

Communities in Schools of Puyallup

Domestic Abuse Women’s Network

Environmental Science Center

Firefighters Charity Fund/ Tacoma IAFF Local 31

Given to Give

GoodRoots Northwest

Grand Cinema

Heartstrides Therapeutic Horsemanship

Lupus Foundation of America

Lushootseed Research

Mineral Lake Lions Foundation

Mockingbird Society

Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula

Palmer Scholars

Puyallup Boys Basketball Booster

Puyallup South Hill Rotary

Safe Crossings Foundation

Safe Place

Sawhorse Revolution

South Sound STEM Fair Alliance

Steilacoom High School Music Boosters

Support the Enlisted

Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities

The Bridge Music Project

Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center

Union Gospel Mission of Grays Harbor

Washington State Chaplain Foundation

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.