On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Community Foundation, thank you to the hundreds of donors, volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and civic leaders who leaned in over the past year to support this community that we call home.
As I reflect on 2019, it’s clear that none of us could have anticipated the myriad of challenges that all of us would soon be facing in 2020. But because so many of you stepped up to offer your assets and contributions, you helped ensure that our community would be equipped to safeguard its short- and long-term wellbeing.
Community philanthropy has expanded programming for senior citizens and caregivers, promoted kindergarten readiness for children with no preschool experience, preserved historic structures, and provided surgeries for animals. And that is just scratching the surface of what has been accomplished.
Transformation is taking root through the establishment of more than 230 charitable funds that speak to the causes you most care about. In 2019 alone, grant making through the Community Foundation topped $2.7 million and total assets topped $40 million – a record-breaking year for our organization.
Lastly, in 2019 the Community Foundation Board of Directors adopted a new strategic plan to guide our work in the coming years. In the next few months, be on the lookout for new and exciting initiatives we plan to roll out to better our community and, hopefully, jump-start our emergence from this COVID-19 world.
We truly are better together. Thank you again for your support and involvement, and I hope the coming year finds you safe and well.
Roseanne M. Stone
Board of Directors