With over $2 million in assets, the Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts and bequests to the Foundation into scholarships and service projects that change lives.
We fund and support charitable projects within Rotary areas of service: Education, Community, Vocational, and Youth.
Economic opportunities and thriving arts make Gig Harbor and its surrounding communities a better place to live; truly a vibrant and energized neighborhood, shaped through the generosity of giving.
To fund and to support charitable projects within our Rotary Club’s areas of service: Education, Community, Vocational, and Youth.
Strengthening our community by encouraging generosity and connecting people who care with causes that matter. “Service Above Self.”
We approach our investing with a strategy that seeks to engage, invest in, and strengthen our community.
The Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation benefits from the vision and leadership of experienced board members. Because of their leadership, the Foundation maintains a sound strategic investment strategy.
Board of Trustees
Ed has been a Rotarian for over 35 years and is the President of the Foundation. Ed is committed to helping Rotary serve our greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula community. He has extensive experience in corporation management, organization and financial issues through representation of, and/or board and officer positions with, non-profits: including Boys and Girls Clubs of Pierce County, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Harborview Manor, Rotary, Tacoma Art Museum and YWCA.
A Gig Harbor Rotarian for over 27 years, Scott is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor and the Foundation. He is currently a Vice President of the Foundation. He has lived in Gig Harbor for over 30 years, where he owns Rosedale Gardens Nursery and Landscape. Scott helped form the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District and served on the board for 12 years. Currently he serves on the Peninsula Light Company Board. He’s been on that board for over 10 years.
Peter serves as Secretary for the Foundation. As an investor, and owner of the iconic Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor, he has great knowledge on how to successfully run a business. Peter has a great love for his community and has invested in it for many years as a sponsor, donor, and patron. He gives of his time freely. In addition to his long time service on the Foundation Board, he also previously served on the Board of the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance for 6 years.
Debbie is the Treasurer of the Foundation. She comes to us with many years of public accounting experience with an emphasis on individual, trust, and estate clients. She worked for a public accounting firm in Tacoma for 20 years and for the past five years has owned her own accounting firm here in Gig Harbor. She has served as treasurer and/or board member of many local organizations including, Green Trike (Tacoma Children’s Museum), Tacoma Estate Planning Council, South Sound Sports Commission Board, and the Diabetes Association of Pierce County. Debbie has resided in Gig Harbor since 2000 and is raising her two children here.
Chris serves as a co-chair of the Foundation Finance Committee and has been a member of the Gig Harbor Rotary Club for more than 30 years. Recently retired after a 35 year career in the financial services industry, he has served as a board member of the Rotary Club and the Gig Harbor Yacht Club Junior Sail Program, as well as the advisory council for the Tacoma/Pierce County YMCA. He and his family have lived in the community since 1988.
Through her many years as a Banker in the Gig Harbor community, Dorothy brings a lot of wisdom to the Foundation Board. Her “local knowledge” has proven invaluable. Dorothy also serves on the auction and community committees for the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. You can spot her as a volunteer at many of the events sponsored by Rotary and the Downtown Waterfront Alliance. In her spare time, she teaches Commit at the Tom Taylor YMCA.
Chuck is the co-chair of the Foundation Scholarship Committee. He has served on the Foundation Board for multiple terms and is a Past President and Past Treasurer of the Foundation. He has been a Rotarian for 28 years and is a Past President of the Fife Milton Rotary Club. He is retired from a career of over 30 years in banking, primarily in commercial lending and as a credit administrator for community banks and is a CPA inactive. He served as the chairman of the Peninsula School District Citizens Audit Committee for 15 years. He has a passion for serving youth with scholarships.
Robin is the co-chair of the GHRF Endowment Committee and VP of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. She has worked to strengthen communities and ensure students in K-12 public education have access to equitable educational opportunities since 1998 – first as ED of the Issaquah Schools Foundation and then as the ED of the National School Foundation Association. As VP of Philanthropic Services for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, she leads a team which connect families and individuals to organizations and causes they care about, helps to build the long-term sustainability of non-profits through endowments, and assists individuals and families in creating their philanthropic legacy. She is on the Board of Wellspring Family Services and sees evidence every day that together we can do so much more than any one of us can do alone.
John was born and raised on the Kitsap Peninsula, and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor for over 10 years. He is Past President of the Board of Directors for Hilltop Artists in Tacoma, WA. A financial advisor, he understands the important role of stewarding individuals and businesses through challenging environments. He eagerly invests his energy and time, including as a Trustee on the Foundation Board, to strengthen the local community he proudly calls home.
Tom joined the Gig Harbor Rotary Club in 2019. Prior to his retirement he was the Director of Marketing and Sales for Heron’s Key, a non-profit continuing care retirement community located in Gig Harbor. Tom’s professional background included management roles in the hospitality industry; sales and sales management roles in the high tech world of computer hardware and software, consulting services and Internet services; consulting and sales management roles in the non-profit senior housing industry. For seven years he served on the Board of Directors of the Companis Corporation, a non-profit volunteer placement service organization in Seattle, WA. Tom is retired and committed to providing service for the betterment of the Gig Harbor Community.
Pam is a long time Rotarian and past president of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. She serves as the Director at Large, which is the liaison between the Foundation and the Rotary Club Board. She is a certified mediator with the Center for Dialogue and Resolution and past president of their board. She is retired from 20 years of insurance management, owning her own agency and 15 years of law enforcement. Serving her community is her passion.
Randal Wilhelmsen is retired. Rand served as a member of the Peninsula School District Audit Committee for a year before being appointed to the Peninsula School Board. He ran for two elections and served two successful terms. He was elected president of the School Board in 2015. He served for 9 years.
Rand holds a BA degree in English and taught English in Nevada and Oregon for 5 years before becoming an investment advisor. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications.
Rand is a retired Senior Vice President for West Coast Trust and Investments. He has served on the KeyBank Advisory Board, West Coast Trust Board and is currently the board treasure of the Early Learning Coalition Board. He has lived in Gig Harbor for almost 19 years. Rand is a supporter of the community and culture of Gig Harbor. Rand has supported Rotary over the last few years, helping with a project on the Key Peninsula and attending many Taste of Gig Harbor functions.
Rand and his family have lived in the Northwest since 1996. He moved to Gig Harbor in 2003 after he visited it one weekend and knew that he wanted to live in this community.
GHRF maintains a reputation of trust and stewardship through its honest, accountable and transparent leadership approach.
We know you’ve worked hard for your resources. GHRF is committed to prudent fiscal management of its resources.
We believe that building relationships and working with others lead to more powerful and lasting solutions.
Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation Funds
- Mildred E. McColl Scholarship Fund – Provides Secondary Education Scholarships
- Natucci Scholarship Fund – Education Endowment
- General Education Funds
AVENUES OF SERVICE FUNDS
Funding for Community, Vocational, and Youth Projects
WOMEN’S PRISON PROGRAM & SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Reentry training/support and scholarships for inmates being released from Washington Correction Center for Women (Purdy Prison).
Working With You
As your partner in giving, we offer expertise and many benefits to you.
SERVICE AND TRUST
We value and honor the trust you have placed in us to manage your contribution and honor your vision.
We will meet with you and your advisors to understand your goals and desires for philanthropic impact. Together we can find the solution for your charitable estate planning.
We live here. We work here. We volunteer here. Our goal is to make Gig Harbor a better place. We welcome partners like you to join us in those efforts.
We know a lot about our communities. We can provide relevant information and expertise on charitable giving and community needs and issues.
Funding Your Passion
For over 25 years, The Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor have been doing that. Your contributions make a difference by supporting our scholastic and charitable good works.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Support the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor and the GHRF to bring people and resources together to address pressing challenges and promising opportunities.
Our mutual experience, collaboration and interest in the areas of education, community, vocational, youth and international projects will make for a better world and ensure our mutual success and satisfaction.
LEAVING A LEGACY
Your gift can be a contribution, a bequest, or an endowment to the fund of your choice. Because we are a volunteer organization, over 95% of your donation goes to scholarships and project funding.