Longbranch Life


A lot has changed in Longbranch since the photo at the top of the page was taken in 1909.  The Narrows Bridge replaced the Longbranch-Steilacoom county ferry.  Local farmers took their eggs, berries, and holly to market using the new highway.  But the little village at the southern end of the Key Peninsula continued to prosper and grow.

Today Longbranch is the home of choice for those who value natural beauty, clean air, and the riches of the southern Puget Sound.  We have all chosen to live “at the end of the road” for our own reasons, but we all share a love of community, culture, and the pioneer spirit.

Investing in the South Key community, The Longbranch Foundation has been created to perpetuate the best of what’s here, and the potential for what can be for those who follow us. Click here to read our latest news, or click here to read about our grant process.

The Foundation supports the Longbranch Improvement Club and all that it has stood for since visionaries created it in 1921.  “To improve the community…” is just as worthy a mission today, and the Foundation encourages charitable support of that goal.

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I love my KPThe Longbranch Foundation (TLF) – November 2021 Update

As I write this piece for the November newsletter, I am suddenly aware that the holiday season is just around the corner. I should have known of course. Because now when I go outside at any time during the day the sky seems a bit closer to the ground and I often find myself wrapped in damp fog or feeling a decidedly chilled breeze brushing over me.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Family, friends and food – what could possibly be better?





Longbranch Foundation Sept 2021 Newsletter

The Longbranch Foundation (TLF) – September 2021 Update

Hopefully, by now the wilting heat of summer is behind us as we head into Fall; my favorite season of the year. Rather than seeing winter looming on the horizon, I feel summer heat gently fade into crisp weather and begin to see the change in color all around. In this season we may awake to sun or rain, it’s always a guess and isn’t that the true beauty of it?





I love my KPThe Longbranch Foundation (TLF) – June 2021 Update

The Peninsula Hawks held their annual scholarship awards program (virtually) Wednesday evening May 19. Marcia Harris and her committee selected three graduating seniors to receive scholarships.

In addition, TLF is proud to continue our tradition of awarding Recurring Scholarships to those students in school who are doing well, this year there are two students who will receive Recurring Scholarships to continue their education.





Brighter Futures Longbranch Foundation 2021 Auction flyer

The Longbranch Foundation (TLF) – May 2021 Update

When we started planning the 2021 bienniel auction we set two goals: a monetary goal so we could expand our support to the students and a goal of providing an educational, engaging and fun event. We are happy to report that we passed our monetary goal and we have received feedback from many people who really enjoyed the themselves and praised not only the fun show, but the bidding process, the testimonial videos, the food and the wine.





Brighter Futures Longbranch Foundation 2021 Auction flyerThe Longbranch Foundation (TLF) – April 2021 Update

there is much activity on the Auction web site with some items already sold out! There is an amazing group of volunteers working hard to make this a fun, worthwhile event. If you have not purchased your ticket yet, please join us now!

Your gifts of time and money have once again helped us fulfill our goal of improving the KP Community.





Brighter Futures Longbranch Foundation 2021 Auction flyer

The Longbranch Foundation (TLF) – February 2021 Update

The Longbranch Foundation’s Board of Directors is happy to announce that Jan Prichard has agreed to join the Board. Jan is our Student Programs Chair, and as you can see, has been doing a wonderful job for us.

Mark your calendars now to reserve April 10, 2021 for our next gala auction to benefit our students. Registration will begin March 22 to purchase food for your party.




balloonsThe Longbranch Foundation (TLF) – January 2021 Update

We are all rejoicing that we are starting a new year with the hope of a brighter future!

Your gifts of time and money have once again helped us fulfill our goal of improving the KP Community.





longbranch washington sign lit at night

The Holidays are brighter!

Thank you for making this happen:

Barb Van Bogart, Denny & Jan Pritchard, Teresa Gano, Robert Theisen, Jeff Tritt, and Mark Ambler. 






Longbranch Foundation donates fleece jackets for kids

Fleece Jackets and Hygiene Supplies Donated to Evergreen Elementary

Recently the Longbranch Foundation donated some jackets and travel-size hygiene items to Evergreen Elementary. Care packages of large-sized shampoo, body wash and deodorant, and new combs and brushes were distributed to families in need.





The Longbranch Foundation Fall Newsletter 2020



Longbranch Foundation Scholarship Program for 2020

The Longbranch Foundation Scholarship Program for 2020 includes three scholarships to deserving Peninsula High graduates (two academic and one vocational). Those students were recognized in last month’s newsletter. In addition, the Longbranch Foundation has continued its commitment to support qualified previous scholarship recipients as they pursue their post-high school studies.








Dedication Plaque installed on The Longbranch Sign :

A dedication plaque was recently installed on the back of the Longbranch Sign highlighting those who contributed to its completion.








TLF Spring Update 2020


TLF Spring Update

We live in a wonderful community. Many individuals and organizations are working together to care especially for the young and the old. The Longbranch Foundation has created a centralized system to accept donations for Key Peninsula nonprofit organizations coming to the aid of the KP community during the coronavirus pandemic.







“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,it is the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

What is an Improvement Club? Many neighbors on the Key Peninsula have heard about The Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC), but don’t know much about it. According to the original Articles of Incorporation, the club formed a corporation in 1921 to buy “Real Estate for the purpose of a Consolidated School, Athletic, and Picnic purposes and to encourage any activity for the betterment of Schools, Homemaking, Roads, Marketing, Dairy, Poultry and all its branches.”

According to Key Peninsula Historical Society & Museum, “Improvement clubs grew out of the Progressive Movement that swept the nation from the 1870s to the 1920s. Civic duty and improving the quality of life were to be based on new learning and technology. This was a national focus, and Teddy Roosevelt tasked communities to focus on rural improvement.” It is interesting to note that even the City of Tacoma had an improvement club at one time; a scattering of improvement clubs remain active today.

In the 1940s when School #328 was discontinued, the LIC assumed ownership of the former gymnasium building, built-in 1934 as a WPA project during the Great Depression. The old Pierce County pier in Filucy Bay had been abandoned in the 1930s when the “Mosquito Fleet” ferry service to Longbranch was discontinued. In 1959, members of the LIC, through agreements with Pierce County and Washington state, took over management and maintenance of the marina. They built a 168-foot pier and attached it to the old county dock.

Today, the LIC continues to be active on the Key Peninsula. The building and marina still serve in the spirit of the founders of the LIC. The marina is open to the public for use by local and visiting boaters. The clubhouse, now on the Register of National Historic Places, is used by the club for events and is available for rent. In addition, the local Fire District uses the property for helicopter evacuation practices, and the Parks District holds a Day Camp at the facility each summer.


The Longbranch Improvement Club has remained committed for nearly 100 years to fulfilling its mission, which is “… for the Betterment of the Community”, and it is now joined by The Longbranch Foundation in that effort.  Both organizations are evolving and we look forward to continuing to improve our support for the Key Peninsula. Much credit goes to our members and residents of the broader community – Thank You!


The answer turns on federal laws concerning exemptions for charitable organizations from income taxation.

The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC) as a tax-exempt social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. As long as it continues to meet certain requirements, its income is immune from taxation, however, donations to the LIC by individuals or other organizations are not authorized to take income tax deductions. The LIC has significant income from non-qualifying sources such as the rental of its clubhouse and moorage fees at the Longbranch Marina. The LIC has a membership of over 200 members that conduct a variety of educational, social, and philanthropic events and provides support for a number of other community organizations.

The Longbranch Foundation (TLF) was formed in 2016 to raise funds and provide grants for specified charitable purposes that qualify it as a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Not only is its income exempt from taxation, but individuals, businesses, and other organizations are authorized to take income tax deductions, to the extent authorized by law. Its specified charitable purposes include preserving and maintaining historic properties, maintaining and improving local recreation grounds and trails, supporting scholarship programs and public school activities, enhancing the environment of Filucy Bay, improving public safety at the Longbranch Marina, and supporting community service organizations and activities. Both organizations are managed and supported by volunteers. Both organizations use the same pool of volunteers for LIC Events and TLF Fundraising activities.



The Longbranch Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization associated with The Longbranch Improvement Club. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.