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Category: Nonprofits


Chamber names winners of annual civic spirit awards

At a Friday luncheon, the Tacoma-Pierce Chamber presented its annual awards saluting local businesses and leaders.

This year’s winners were:

The Ghilarducci Award recognizing successful new development, renovation or beautification:
• Murray Morgan Bridge Rehabilitation

The Popham Award (named for the late Art Popham, a business columnist at The News Tribune) recognizing the individual that has done the most to build community spirit:
• Sue Schaeffer, Tacoma Waterfront Association

The Public Places Award recognizing the best activation of a public park, open space or right-of-way:
• Frost Park Chalk Off

The Schoenfeld Award recognizing exemplary

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Enumclaw inventor, 83, wins $40,000 prize for 3D printing advance

An 83-year-old Enumclaw inventor has been named the winner of an international desktop fabrication competition sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, Maker Education Initiative and Inventables.

Hugh Lyman won $40,000, a 3D printer and a computerized milling machine for his invention of a device that will likely greatly lower the cost of 3D automated printing.

Lyman’s Filament Extruder II converts plastic pellets into filaments for use in low-cost 3D printers.  The extruder is open-sourced and can be made for less than $250.

“While the price of 3D printers has dropped dramatically in the last few years, the plastic filament used by

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Goodwill opening upscale store June 6 in South Tacoma on Hosmer

It’s called “fashion forward merchandising” and its first iteration will be revealed beginning June 6 at the grand opening of Tacoma Goodwill’s newest retail outlet.

A step up from the shopping experience available at typical Goodwill outlet stores, the new store – 25,000 square feet at 8025 S. Hosmer St. – will offer what a recent Goodwill press release calls a “Bon Marche/Macy’s and Meier & Frank experience.”

Major departments at the store include clothing, housewares, glassware, books and media, and toys and furniture.

And to fortify the claim of upscale retail, store manager Gloria Eubanks counts more than 30

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Tacoma’s MultiCare Health System, Grays Harbor Community Hospital to form alliance

The regional trend of smaller hospitals forming alliances with large health systems continued Friday as Grays Harbor Community Hospital announced it has signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Tacoma’s MultiCare Health System.

The two health care organizations said they’re forming the alliance to “share clinical best practices and expand services in  Grays Harbor County and the surrounding region.”

“We are excited to build on our longstanding relationship with Grays Harbor Community Hospital to help improve access to care service for area residents,” said Diane Cecchettini, chief executive officer at MultiCare. “Our two systems have collaborated for years, particularly

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Two from Gig Harbor win annual Main Street awards

The Washington Main Street Program has recognized both a South Sound organization and a South Sound volunteer with its annual Excellence on Main Awards.

The group honors communities, organizations and individuals who “are helping to achieve economic vitality and build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization and preservation,” according to a press release this week.

The program is housed in Olympia within the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and is administered under contract by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

The local winners include:
• The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, which has received the “Green Community” award

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Nonprofit organizations must file with IRS by May 15

Attention 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations: You need to file with the Internal Revenue Service on or before Wednesday.

Tax-exempt organizations are required to file annually, and this year’s deadline comes on May 15, according to an IRS release.

Organizations will see their federal tax exemptions automatically revoked if they have not filed reports for three consecutive years.

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 mandates that most tax-exempt organizations file annual Form 990-series informational returns or notices with the IRS. The law also imposed a new annual filing requirement on small organizations. Churches and church-related organizations are not required to file

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Metropolitan Development Council receives $200,000 grant from Bank of America for electronic record conversion

Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced Wednesday that it has awarded a $200,000 unrestricted grant to Tacoma’s Metropolitan Development Council.

The grant, according to a foundation release, is given to “high-performing nonprofits that have made a significant impact in the community.”

The funds will be used to assist MDC as it undergoes “a healthcare transformation, which includes the implementation of electronic health records to enhance the efficiency and quality of care for clients with chronic medical conditions.”

The grant will support health services for some 37,000 Pierce County residents who are expected to be part of Washington’s Medicaid expansion, and

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UPDATED: Goodwill plans retail expansion; honors three individuals plus Walmart and Fred Meyer

Three individuals and two corporations were slated for salutes this morning at the annual Tacoma Goodwill “Ready to Work” breakfast.

The event, featuring a presentation by Tacoma Goodwill President Terry Hayes, was previewed earlier this week.

Among the honorees:

• Michener Inspirational Award (named for the founder of Tacoma Goodwill, Rev. H.W. Michener): Patrice Porter, who was described in a release as “an individual who has persevered through tremendous hardships and has had to completely reinvent herself.”
• 2013 Achiever of the Year, given to an individual who has overcome major challenges and has shown great dedication to his

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