Puyallup Tribe donates more than $400,000 to 37 local organizations

Charity Trust June group photo

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 June 20 celebration at the Emerald Queen Event Center in Tacoma. Tribal Council delivered remarks recognizing recipients and all attendees gathered for a group photo.

“It’s great to see all the different charities and the happiness they have, said Chairman Bill Sterud. “I know running a charity is not easy, it’s a lot of big work.”

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 $24 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:

American Red Cross

Birthday Dreams

Camp Korey

Cancer Lifeline

Clover Park Technical College Foundation

Collar of Hope

Community Lifeline of Mason County

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

DuPont Historical Society

Elma High School Girls Softball Boosters

Exodus Housing

Golden 22 Foundation

Graham Senior Center

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County

International Youth Fellowship

Jags Fastpitch Booster Club

Jubilee Women’s Center

Mineral Food Bank

Northwest Furniture Bank

Northwest Gang Investigators Association

Orting Senior Center

People for Animal Care & Kindness

Retreat Home

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington

Sabala International Center

Sahale Outdoors

Sarvey Wildlife Care Center

Step by Step Family Support Center

Sunshine Physically Challenged Foundation

Tacoma Mountain Rescue

Tacoma Pierce County Chaplaincy

Tacoma Public Schools Indian Education Program

Tacoma Rescue Mission

The Whole Horse Place

Washington State Business & Professional Women’s Foundation

YMCA Pierce and Kitsap Counties

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.