From its start in 1977, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has partnered with generous individuals, families, nonprofit groups and others to strengthen the community through philanthropy.

And for nearly one-third of its history, certified public accountant Shirley Tompkins as been chief financial officer for the non-profit corporation as it grew to 13 employees and a $7.1 million annual budget. That dedicated service prompted her nomination for 2016 Financial Executive of the Year.

“Shirley is always looking for ways to maximize the benefits on the funds managed by the Foundation in an efficient, secure and transparent way,” wrote local banker Molly Croft in her nomination. “She is professional and responsive, while also open to suggestion, knowledgable in her field and very easy to work with.”

Such a complete endorsement speaks well for Tompkins and her dedication to the goals of her employer, which are to build a vibrant, compassionate and engaged Pierce County. GTCF holds more than 450 individual charitable funds, totaling more than $112 million in assets, and has distributed more than $97 million thus far.

Shirley Tompkins is one of nine finalists for 2016 Financial Executive of the Year, with the awards being presented at a special luncheon on Tuesday, March 22nd, at Pacific Grill Events Center in downtown Tacoma. Ticket information is at this link.

Financial Executives of the Year is a program produced by Business Examiner Media, with sponsorship provided by Heritage Bank and Moss Adams.