Our Mission To assist African Americans, other ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals and families in the achievement of social equality and economic independence. Our Vision The Tacoma Urban League will strive to be a model of excellence nationally in the Urban League movement and the pre¬mier community-based social service and advocacy organization in Washington State. The League will model and teach ethical behav¬ior by establishing and promoting an uncompro¬mising set of ethical standards through consis¬tent and productive action—making a positive contribution to the social and economic vitality of its constituents and stakeholders. Through courageous, principled leadership from its Board, Staff and Guild, the Tacoma Urban League will continue to ensure that citizens of every economic and social standing in the South Puget Sound region are able to participate freely in both the responsibilities and rewards of an open, pluralistic society based upon multicultural acceptance, understanding, appreciation and mutual respect for all. Collaborations and partnerships with other agencies and groups will permeate the work of the League in the establishment of innovative programs that lead to systematic change in the enactment of public policies to improve the lives of its constituents in an era of tight funding and fiscal constraints. The League will build its funding base through innovative programming, fee-for-services financ¬ing, and a sophisticated donor identification, cultivation and solicitation strategy. Our History Founded in 1968, the Tacoma Urban League is devoted to empowering African Americans and other disenfranchised groups to enter the economic and social mainstream. From its earliest days in the civil rights movement, through years of partnership with government and public agencies, the Tacoma Urban League has been a beacon of hope and a catalyst in the South Puget Sound community.