The Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor has awarded more than $2.3 million in year-end grants to 25 local nonprofit organizations.

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation received the largest grant, with just over $1 million going to support the organization. The Puyallup Watershed Initiative, which aims to improve social and environmental conditions throughout the region, was awarded a $750,000 grant.

Other grant recipients with South Sound connections include Rural Development Initiatives ($60,000), Environmental Science Center ($50,000), Tacoma Community House ($50,000), Foundation for Tacoma Students ($40,000), Latino Community Fund ($30,000), Trust for Public Land ($30,000), and Degrees of Change Tacoma-Seattle ($25,000).

A complete list of grant recipients and additional details is online here.

Collectively, the grants aim to bolster organizations focused on empowering local communities through leadership development, environmental conservation and sustainability, and leadership opportunities.

“These organizations are a part of the fabric of our community working to create a socially just and environmentally conscious world,” said Richard Woo, chief executive officer at The Russell Family Foundation. “With efforts rooted in community, these locally-based groups are able to generate positive impacts while advocating for solutions to the most pressing issues facing our communities across Puget Sound.”

Founded by George and Jane Russell in 1999, The Russell Family Foundation funds local, regional, and global change through community investment in causes such as grassroots leadership, environmental sustainability, and global peace with a focus on place-based philanthropy in the Puget Sound region.

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