The goal of the Foundation is to increase the permanent endowment to $1 million. Already earnings have enabled the Foundation to fund college scholarships and to make grants to local charities serving Lakewood’s greatest needs. The following grants have been made that directly serve Lakewood charities, children and families.

Larry Saunders Service Award Winner for 2020 is.....

Gayle, Rick and Sharon, accepting the 2020 award virtually.

The Selden Family. 


At the beginning of the virtual Lakewood City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7 pm, the Selden Family became the fourth recipient of the Larry Saunders Service Award. This award is a cooperation between the City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund. The award was presented by Sally Saunders. The inspiration for this community service award is Larry Saunders, who served our country and our city with distinction After he retired from the Army he helped organize Lakewood's initial Police Department, and served as our first chief. Returning from Iraq, where he re-joined the Army to establish a police college in Baghdad, Larry embraced Lakewood with tireless community service: our Boys & Girls Club, Lions, Rotary Clubs, neighborhood associations, and the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund (LCFF). Larry was a ray of light. We were stunned when he died one morning in January of 2016.  Previous recipients include Diane Formosa, Lakewood Rotary, and Alan Billingsley.


The Selden family service to Lakewood goes back to 1958, when Ed Selden became a Rotarian. He later served as president of the Lakewood Chamber. Son Rick came on board right away, serving at the first Rotary Pancake Breakfast (1961) as a teenager, eventually joining Rotary (President, Rotarian of the Year) and being a spearhead for every project that club produced, while also participating in numerous other local organizations. Rick’s wife Sharon has not only been an active part of the Rotary projects, but also was WWEE President in 1991, LASA Volunteer of the Year in 2019, and recipient of the Junior League’s Ruth Wheeler Award in 2019. Not be outdone by her elders, Rick and Sharon’s daughter Gayle is a past president of the Junior League, serves on the City of Lakewood Police Oral Board, and is herself a Rotary past president and Rotarian of the Year.


Serving the community can be a family affair, and the Seldens are living proof. The Seldens believe in service above self, and they live it.


Rick said, “We are extremely humbled and honored to receive the Larry Saunders Community Service Award. I think it is fair that we are the worker bees—being involved and trying to help others to be involved. I think Larry was that same kind of person. Leading by example, getting others involved and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work.”


The Larry Saunders Award comes with a $1000 grant to a 501c3 in Lakewood, courtesy of the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund. The Seldens have chosen West Pierce Cares, and specifically their AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) program, challenged with expanding the number of the machines in Lakewood. In further recognition of the Seldens, the Rotary Club of Lakewood members donated another $2300 to this cause.

Thank you, Selden Family.


2021 Grant Requests Now Being Accepted

Grant applications for qualifying 501(C)(3) organizations providing service to Lakewood, WA are now open. Note that all grant recipients must provide the services covered in the grant within the City of Lakewood. Note the grant application form on the right side of home page. The deadline for receipt is April 6, 2021. Grant awards will be announced in May.

2020 Third Quarter Financials


Beginning Assets, End of 2nd Quarter: $999,323.49
3nd Quarter Contributions: $ 1,169.88
Interest: $ 3,362.83
Realized Gains: $ (5,901.37)
Unrealized Gains: $ 58,652.36
Fees: $ (370.40)
GTCF Fees: ($ 2,415.99)
Grants 0
Ending Assets, thru 3rd Quarter, 2020: $1,053,811.80


A Thank You, to all of you

Thank you, too!

2020 Grant Awards Announced


Help! in a Hurry

The Beatles sang in 1965, “Help me get my feet back on the ground/Won't you please, please help me!” It is 2020, and members of our Lakewood community need our help, now.

And so the LCFF Board of Directors held a special meeting on April 14, through a "Zoom" network connection to consider the critical needs of Lakewood and decide on the merits of applicants for annual grants. Consensus quickly emerged that special consideration was warranted to support direct service providers serving Lakewood in a year when all are seriously challenged to sustain operations - making do with less. 

Recognizing unusual outreach burdens ahead, LCFF decided to equally divide its entire 2020 grant allocation among four important organizations serving Lakewood.


Emergency Food Network, Greater Lakes Mental Health, Nourish Pierce County and Caring For Kids, will each receive one quarter of the nearly $30,000 grant distribution available this year. 


Wishing everyone well, with hopes that we all overcome the unusual circumstances that 2020 presents, Lakewood Community Foundation Fund remains open to receive contributions and bequests to grow its permanent endowment. Understanding that a calamity like COVID-19 may happen again, we believe in our capacity to help, depending upon the foresight and generosity of people today, willing to leave the legacy that lights tomorrow. So, it is to everyone willing to be the one you've been waiting for, to make a difference, we say Thank You for being part of Lakewood. Together, we make a difference. 

 The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund Board of Directors

Nicole Hancock, Tom Sadler, Greg Rediske, Anne Enquist, Bob Lawrence, Bob Warfield, Sydna Koontz, Joyce Loveday, Peggy Kennel, Jerry Dunlap.

Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, a public charity, operates as a Donor Advised fund of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. All gifts and contributions are tax exempt under the law. P.O. Box 39578  Lakewood, WA  98496