Rose Lincoln Hamilton announces retirement from Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

After 11 years as president and CEO of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Rose Lincoln Hamilton has announced that she will retire in 2015 as the philanthropic organization celebrates its 35th year.

“We are proud of Rose’s tireless work to make this region and this community stronger,” said Ed Grogan, president of Summit Financial Group and chairman of the GTCF board of directors, in a release Thursday.

”During her tenure, GTCF has grown from $48 million to more than $107 million in charitable assets, awarded nearly $34 million in grants and scholarships, and provided crucial leadership on important issues facing our community,” Grogan said.

The foundation administers more than 450 individual funds and has distributed more than $94 million in grants and scholarships.

“I believe the community foundation is in good shape, and I’m confident about its future,” Lincoln Hamilton said Thursday. “I feel confident in going forward and trying to figure out what the next chapter in my life will be. I’ve been thinking about this since July. I feel like I’ve done a lot here. It’s been really fun. It’s been engaging. How could it be a better time to turn it over to someone who can bring it to the next level?”

Also, she said of facing the next adventure, “It’s scary.”

The majority of foundation funds are directed by donors and benefit charitable interests in fields including the arts, basic needs, health care, youth, the environment and other recipients.

Along with her work at the GTCF, Lincoln Hamilton serves with the University of Washington Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Advisory Committee and on the boards at Commencement Bank, Philanthropy Northwest, Foundation for Tacoma Students, Lakewold Gardens, Pacific Bonsai Museum, Tacoma Housing Authority.

Lincoln Hamilton will assist as the foundation board conducts a nationwide search for a successor.