A huge thank you to all the folks who came out to celebrate our 40th anniversary on March 17 – even an unexpected March snowstorm couldn’t stop the party! We were honored to feature performances from some of our region’s most exciting performing artists and nonprofits. Above all, we were so grateful to be able to connect with each of you personally – our nonprofit partners, donors, funding colleagues, and friends who help make our region so great.
That evening, I spoke to the audience about what this milestone means to me. When I came to The Community Foundation in 1996, we were giving out roughly $10 million a year in grants. In 2013, we distributed $10 million in December alone. This, in a nutshell, describes our 40 year history – GROWTH: growth in assets, growth in grants; growth in impact. A community foundation is so much more than an alliance of philanthropically-minded citizens. We’re the community’s philanthropic heart. A team of donors, partners, funders, neighbors, and organizations fighting to make our community stronger. A network of givers committed to ensuring our region is one where equity, access, and opportunity are available to all of its residents.
This is big, hairy, audacious work. From everyone at The Community Foundation – past and present – thank you for helping us do it.
And thank you again to everyone who joined us at the celebration – we had so much fun that we’re already hatching plans for the next one!
Terri Lee Freeman
Emcee Kathy Park (ABC7), Martin Weinstein (Chair, Board of Trustees), Terri Lee Freeman (President), Gene Sachs (Chair, 40th Anniversary Task Force), Emcee Dr. Nicole Cutts