The Clubhouse was transformed, the auction items were displayed, the food items were prepared, people arrived, the bar and wine pull were popular, the evening delighted us, and our scholarship recipient – Gina Cabiddu – was the best!
Using money from TLF’s last Auction and contributions to our yearly Celebrate campaign, Jan Pritchard and Kim Robinson put together “Back to School” bags of supplies. Food Backpacks 4 Kids provided breakfast, lunch and snacks. Thanks to all involved, thirty-nine students were able to attend a free, three-week camp at Evergreen Elementary.
This spring the Longbranch Foundation sent a check for $8,000 to the Peninsula Hawks to assist with funding the scholarships of six students.
In February of 2019 the Longbranch Foundation awarded the Food Backpacks 4 Kids program a $1,000 grant to buy juice cartons for kids. FB4K sent us an update.
LIFE IN LONGBRANCH
A lot has changed in Longbranch since this photo 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.
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 the Foundation encourages charitable support of that goal.
A LITTLE HISTORY of THE LONGBRANCH IMPROVEMENT CLUB
“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 “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!
WHY TWO ORGANIZATIONS
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 qualifies 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.