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.

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.

Our Mission

To fund and to support charitable projects within our Rotary Club’s areas of service: Education, Community, Vocational, and Youth.

Our Vision

Strengthening our community by encouraging generosity and connecting people who care with causes that matter. “Service Above Self.”

Our Approach

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

A Gig Harbor Rotarian for over 25 years, Scott is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor and current 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.

Dave chairs the Public Relations Committee for the Foundation. As an attorney, he has assisted hundreds of people to plan their estates, often with charitable gifts. A native of Gig Harbor, Dave also raised his family there. He cares very much about making Gig Harbor and the surrounding community a better place.

Bob comes by being treasurer of the Foundation quite naturally. Now retired, Bob spent many years as the Chief Financial Officer of Peninsula Light Company in Gig Harbor. He has been involved at many levels with many organizations in the South Sound. As an international traveler, Bob has seen the needs of many. He has a passion for education as a means to better one’s life. That’s why Bob is a great proponent of the Foundation’s scholarship programs.

Ed chairs the Policy and Bylaws committee for the Foundation. 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.

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 duties on the Foundation Board, he also serves on the Board of the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance.

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 Zumba at the Tom Taylor YMCA.

Dick is a past president of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, joining after retiring from the Franciscan Health System. He served as the administrator of St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.  He joined Rotary to become involved in the Gig Harbor community. He is one of the original supporters of our Olson Foundation, which is dedicated to international service.  He also volunteers with Communities In Schools of Peninsula. He’s a woodworker, contributing most of his production to fund-raisers and family members.

An investment banker with a big heart. John serves as the youth director/coordinator of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Rotaract Club at Peninsula High School. As their mentor he helps them plan their fundraisers and community projects. More important, he guides them in preparation for life after high school. John is a great counselor, offering advice and assistance to “his kids”, preparing applications for scholarships and admissions. He spends much of his spare time at a lathe creating great wood pieces of art.

As an attorney, Tim is concerned for the Senior Citizens of the community.  He practices what he preaches, going out of his way, preparing wills, setting up trusts and endowments.  He likes to make sure they are prepared and treated fairly.  In addition to his service on the Foundation Board, Tim has served on many boards throughout the years in Gig Harbor and Tacoma, WA.  He acts as the meetings scribe and web master for The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.  He and his wife spend much of their vacation time in Mexico.

  • INTEGRITY

GHRF maintains a reputation of trust and stewardship through its honest, accountable and transparent leadership approach.

  • RESPONSIBILITY

We know you’ve worked hard for your resources. GHRF is committed to prudent fiscal management of its resources.

  • COLLABORATION

We believe that building relationships and working with others lead to more powerful and lasting solutions.

Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation Funds

EDUCATION 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.

FLEXIBILITY

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.

LOCAL PARTNER

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.

COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE

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.

SHARING SUCCESS

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.