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Response Fund Awards First Grants to Provide Relief Across the Bluegrass
3/25/2020

 

United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) and Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF) joined forces earlier this month to launch a Coronavirus Response Fund to help provide critical support to vulnerable populations across the Bluegrass region and joint service area who may be adversely affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.   The Fund is supporting local and regional organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic to ensure that more citizens experiencing hardships can access basic needs like food, healthcare, childcare and transportation.

Teams from UWBG and BGCF are working together to fundraise and deploy rapid-response grants. Today the Fund announced a fundraising total of more than $250,000 thanks to corporate donations, fund holders, community donors, and sales from Kentucky for Kentucky’s “Commonhealth of Kentucky” and “Team Kentucky” tee shirts.

Lead coalition partners include: Valvoline, LG&E and KU Energy, Toyota, Southland Christian Church, Alltech Foundation, the Jenna and Matthew Mitchell Foundation, Immanuel Baptist Church, the Council of State Governments, Keystone Financial Group, Kentucky for Kentucky, iHeartMedia Lexington, WKYT, FOX-56 and Smiley Pete Publishing.

This week the Fund announced the first set of rapid-response grants awarded to the following partners:

  • God’s Pantry: Funds will support food access and delivery for all Fayette County clients, and for Senior Citizens in surrounding counties.  God’s Pantry will be supplying supplemental nutrition to clients in-need by delivering boxes that contain enough food for five days (for a family of 3).  In counties where pantries are still open, but distribution centers for seniors are closed, delivery service will focus on seniors.
  • The Urban League of Lexington: The Urban League operates senior housing facilities for low-income and budget-constrained seniors.  In all, the Urban League is responsible for 120 occupied units in Fayette County.  Funding will support individual needs assessments for each unit and supply seniors with food, medical needs, household supplies, and other items that are necessary as they shelter in place.
  • Community Action Council:  Funding will help provide non-food essentials to anyone in-need, including diapers, baby formula, feminine hygiene products, medical and cleaning supplies, and more.  Supplies will be provided to community members and homeless individuals in-need across Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, Madison, Nicholas and Scott counties.
  • Harrison Memorial Hospital: Harrison County is the epicenter of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Kentucky.  Harrison Memorial is a 501c(3) community health organization. Funding will help expand testing for possible COVID-19 infection, as well as providing general medical assistance to those in-need, including access to prescription medication and medical supplies for low-income and vulnerable populations in Cynthiana and neighboring counties.
  • RadioLEX: Funding will help RadioLEX increase awareness and outreach regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. RadioLEX will serve as a general source of information for all listeners but will also focus outreach to Hispanic communities and other English Language Learners (ELLs) across its listening area.

“This effort represents the very spirit of Lexington—partners coming together to strengthen and support every member of our community.  The Council is using this contribution to distribute critical items such as baby formula, diapers, wipers, feminine hygiene products, and other necessities to families during this public health crisis,” said Sharon Price, Executive Director of Community Action Council.

Officials will move quickly to issue additional grants as more dollars become available in order to increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities. Rapid-response grants will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to adapt to evolving needs.  Grants will be issued from the Response Fund, housed at BGCF, in partnership with UWBG and in close collaboration with community advisors and local governments.  

To donate online, visit https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/coronavirus.  To learn more about the Coronavirus Response Fund, please visit www.bgcf.org/coronavirus.

BGCF & UWBG Partner to Create Coronavirus Response Fund
3/19/2020

Response Fund Launched to Provide Relief Across Joint Service Region

Last week, United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) and Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF) joined forces to launch a Coronavirus Response Fund to help provide critical support to vulnerable populations across their joint service region who may be adversely affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Working closely with the City of Lexington - nonprofit and community leaders are uniting to streamline fundraising and impact efforts. "United, we will support regional organizations on the frontlines of this crisis to ensure that more citizens experiencing hardships can access basic needs like food, healthcare, childcare and transportation during this unprecedented time. As a coalition we can leverage and combine resources to assist more people and make meaningful impacts," said Timothy Johnson, UWBG President and CEO. "We are proud to partner with Blue Grass Community Foundation and the City of Lexington, and we look forward to working with other partners across the region."

Teams from UWBG and BGCF are working together to fundraise and deploy rapid-response grants. "Philanthropy literally means love of humankind. Making a contribution to support the most adversely impacted members of our community - children, adults and seniors - is a meaningful act of love. We invite everyone who is able, to join us and donate now," said Lisa Adkins, BGCF President and CEO.

The fund will extend beyond Fayette County as a regional coalition of philanthropy, government, faith leaders and business partners working to rapidly deploy funding to community-based organizations providing relief and essential resources to communities who are disproportionately impacted by the crisis. Today the Fund announced that it had raised over $175,000 to date, thanks to corporate coalition partners, BGCF fund holders, community donors, and sales from Kentucky for Kentucky's "United We Stand" and "Team Kentucky" tee shirts. Lead coalition partners include Valvoline, Alltech Foundation, Toyota, Immanuel Baptist Church, Southland Christian Church, the Jenna and Matthew Mitchell Foundation, the Council of State Governments, Kentucky for Kentucky, iHeartMedia Lexington, WKYT, FOX-56 and Smiley Pete Publishing.

The fund is designed to complement the work of local public health, nonprofit, faith-based organizations and government entities - extending their capacity to support the influx of individuals and families experiencing hardships as a result of the outbreak and related economic disruptions.

"Neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend, business to community, that's how Lexington will get through this," Mayor Linda Gorton said. "As this crisis has unfolded, with wave after wave of new restrictions, Lexington has answered with wave after wave of kindness and compassion. We've reached out in small ways … picking up dinner at a restaurant, helping an elderly neighbor, opening up parking spaces. And today we're reaching out in a big way. Thank you to the businesses and organizations that are stepping up today to make like easier for thousands of people in Lexington and across Central and Appalachia Kentucky."
Officials are moving quickly to issue the initial round of regional grants to increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities. The first grant will be awarded this week to God's Pantry to help deploy 40,000 meals to those in-need across the region.

Rapid-response grants will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. BGCF will administer grants from the Response Fund in partnership with UWBG and in close collaboration with community advisors and local governments.
To donate online, visit https://bgcf.givingfuel.com/coronavirus. To learn more about the Coronavirus Response Fund, please visit www.bgcf.org/coronavirus.

A Year of Milestones for Town Branch Park
3/4/2020

This year, Town Branch Park took an important step that demonstrates the successful incubation of the project. With the award of its 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, Town Branch Park transitioned from a fund here at Blue Grass Community Foundation to an independent park conservancy and moved its office to Main Street!

For Blue Grass Community Foundation, being the fiscal steward for community projects like Town Branch Park supports our mission to serve the greater good through charitable giving. We are currently incubating 15 community projects or groups through our fiscal sponsorship services.

The fiscally sponsored projects are housed under the charitable umbrella of BGCF while the groups work to accomplish their charitable project (for example, Friends of Kentucky Theatre), or obtain independent 501(c)(3) charitable status, like Town Branch Park.

"The Community Foundation's involvement lends credibility, name recognition, and confidence, particularly with our stewardship of charitable dollars," said Lisa Adkins, president/CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation.

With the help of just over 30 leadership-level donors to date, Town Branch Park has raised nearly $12 million of the $31 million private fundraising goal to create the nine-acre signature downtown park.

Town Branch Park will reconnect Lexington to its geological, geographical, and cultural past. The park will turn the Manchester Street parking lot, adjacent to the renovated Rupp Area and Lexington Convention Center, into a dynamic, fun, and uncommonly beautiful green space, reflecting the culture and spirit of Lexington.

As a park conservancy, Town Branch Park will be run as a private, non-profit, non-political organization that supports capital development and advocacy for parks. The conservancy will operate and maintain the park to the highest standards. While a first for Lexington, park conservancies currently operate in more than 50% of major U.S. cities to ensure parks are safe, active and well-maintained.

"Town Branch Park is a terrific example of the Community Foundation's fiscal sponsorship program," said Adkins. "It's particularly gratifying to see a new concept for Lexington grow into a dynamic, nonprofit organization that is on the leading edge of greenspace development."

To learn more about BGCF's fiscal sponsorship services, contact Barbara Fischer at bfischer@bgcf.org or 859.225.3343. To donate/learn more about Town Branch Park, visit townbranchpark.org or call 859.281.8420.

Regional Initiative: Spark Community Café
3/2/2020


The success of Spark Community Café proves that community foundations make philanthropic dreams a reality.

In 2014, Woodford County High School teacher Kyle Fannin created a social studies capstone course called Community Activism to provide seniors with real world learning experience before graduation.

The inaugural Community Activism class heard presentations on issues facing Woodford County, and ultimately settled on the revitalization of downtown Versailles for their class project. Thanks in part to a $2,000 grant from Woodford County Community Fund, the students' project came to life as Spark: Ignite Downtown Versailles - a three day festival featuring live music, food trucks and local vendors designed to demonstrate the viability of doing business in downtown Versailles.

The interests of the Community Activism students evolved over the years, and so did their class project. The Spark: Ignite Downtown Versailles festival became Spark Café, a pop-up coffee shop to showcase the need for a community space in downtown Versailles. And two years ago, as the students learned more about the effects of food insecurity on their fellow Woodford Countians, they were inspired to rebrand as Spark Community Café - a farm-to-table, pay-it forward, nonprofit restaurant.

And all of this was accomplished by the Community Activism students without funding from the school system.

"It would not have been possible without Blue Grass Community Foundation and Woodford County Community Fund [a geographic component fund of BGCF]," said Kyle, now a co-Executive Director of Spark Community Café, along with former Community Activism student Tristan Terrell.

Dating back to the beginning, the Spark projects have received multiple grants from Blue Grass Community Foundation and Woodford County Community Fund.

"But it goes beyond the fiscal sponsorship," said Kyle. "It's also the support, the answered questions and the help we received from BGCF staff."

Spark Community Café opened in March and celebrated six months in business in October. And now its board wants to start an endowment at BGCF so they can shift some of their focus away from fundraising.

"The name recognition of BGCF is invaluable in the Bluegrass," said Kyle. "Our association with BGCF gave our venture an air of legitimacy that wouldn't otherwise be available to a retired teacher and a bunch of students."

Learn more about Blue Grass Community Foundation's network of endowed community funds and how they improve the quality of life across our region. Contact Jane Higgins, Director/Regional Initiatives, at 859.225.3343 or jhiggins@bgcf.org.

Of Thee, I Sing: The Power of Public Art in Clark County
2/28/2020

Clark County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Greater Clark Foundation, provided funding for Of Thee, I Sing, a contemporary 21-piece public art display featuring Clark County residents. Artist Marjorie Guyon and photographer Patrick J. Mitchell created the pieces to portray the true story of Hannah and her son Daniel, two enslaved persons who lived in Clark County, as written about by Lyndon Comstock in his book Before Abolition: African-Americans in early Clark County, Kentucky.

The project soon grew into something much larger: a telling of the story of the American

South, with Clark County serving as one microcosm of rural pre-abolition America. The pieces feature Clark County residents of all ages, races and genders to instill empathy into the hearts of viewers. The artists’ statement further describes the project:

“In these portraits, whiteness, blackness, and color may appear in unusual ways and settle in new places. Patterns illuminate and disguise. A parent proudly protects or fades away, neither thing in the child’s control. How do we shift how we see ourselves in each other? How do we create a place we all can call home?”

Clark County Community Foundation, a geographic component fund of BGCF, and the Greater Clark Foundation held a public opening in October. More than 100 community members attended to view the pieces and listen to Clark County’s first interracial choir. The pieces will be transformed into window tapestries and displayed throughout Clark County in 2020.

Learn more about Blue Grass Community Foundation’s network of endowed community funds and how they improve the quality of life across our region. Contact Jane Higgins, director of regional initiatives, at 859.225.3343 or jhiggins@bgcf.org. For Clark County inquiries, contact Halee Cunningham at halee@bgcf.org.

 

Profile in Giving: Hiler Family Love Fund Builds Bridges
2/27/2020

“I’m the fun guy,” said Whit Hiler, executive creative director of CORNETT, a marketing agency based in Lexington. “But Christy is the heart of our family.”

 Whit Hiler, well-known for his quirky, unforgettable advertising campaigns like Kentucky Kicks Ass, has been featured in the New York Times and Business Insider, and recently, was recognized in the Adweek Creative 100 List of the most fascinating people in marketing, media and culture.

 Christy Hiler, president of CORNETT—and, technically, Whit’s boss—agrees she usually takes the lead when it comes to the family’s charitable activities. “I’m the one who says ‘yes,’” she said. “But I know I’m also saying ‘yes’ for them, too.” The “them” to whom Christy refers are the Hilers’ four children: Ellie, 12; twins Charlie and Georgia, 6; and Boone, 3.

 In addition to career and family responsibilities, Christy actively volunteers for numerous nonprofits, including Esperanza Inc., Common Good, and Step By Step. Christy said she knows her nonprofit work impacts her family. In the Hiler household, that means everyone has to pitch in and pick up the slack. “We all have a different role when it comes to doing good in our communities,” she said.

 “Some people donate, some serve on boards, some are talented administrators, some provide direct aid. All are necessary. It’s like that in our family, too. Everyone plays a different, but essential, role. We depend on each other.”

 Despite their different roles, the Hilers still find time to volunteer as a family. Together, they serve meals at Nathaniel Mission and Room In The Inn, and ring handbells for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Christy and Whit also participate in mission trips to Costa Rica through Esperanza Inc. Christy has been especially active in Step By Step, a Lexington nonprofit that offers mentors, support, classes and fellowship to young single moms ages 14 to 22. She served on its board for many years. One of her first tasks for SBS was facilitating discussions among the young women. Christy worried she wouldn’t be effective.

 “How could I relate to them, or them to me?” she asked. “Our lives were so different.” She soon discovered their differences didn’t really matter because “love bridged the gap.”

 That understanding inspired the name of the charitable fund the Hilers opened at BGCF: The Hiler Love Fund. Since establishing their donor advised fund in 2017, the Hilers have made dozens of gifts to causes and charities, including Centenary United Methodist Church, Friends of the Good, Common Good, Step By Step, Esperanza Inc., and the American Cancer Society, to name only a few—and BGCF helps them organize it all.

 Christy and Whit agree that given their full, busy lives, they are grateful for BGCF’s role as the giving community’s philanthropic partner.

 To start a donor advised charitable fund to support the causes you’re passionate about, contact BGCF Vice President of Advancement Scott Fitzpatrick at 859.225.3343.

Grant Spotlight: 3.14 Going Forward Fund
2/26/2020

 

 

3.14 GOING FORWARD FUND: IT’S NOT JUST PI IN THE SKY!


Recognizing the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, an anonymous donor established the 3.14 Going Forward Fund at BGCF to increase opportunities for young women and minority students in Fayette County public schools to participate in STEM education, as well as in health initiatives.

Since 2018, the fund has awarded more than $100,000 to Fayette County public middle and high schools for STEM-related projects benefitting girls and minority youth. Some projects funded during this school year include a robotics course at Frederick Douglass High School designed to engage ninth-grade female and minority students; the STEM SeaPerch Program at Tates Creek Middle School, in which sixth- through eighth grade female students will build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV); and Lafayette High School’s “Girls in Science” afterschool program for ninth- through 12th grade female students that features female science speakers and lab demonstrations and experiences.

STEAM Academy was also awarded funds to provide low-income female students with the needed fees to participate in STEM competitions, as well as to purchase rowing machines for the women’s conditioning class to increase physical activity of young minority women.

To learn how you can support a field of charitable work that you’re passionate about by creating a field of interest fund at BGCF, contact a member of our advancement team at 859.225.3343.

 

GOODGIVING CHALLENGE 2019: $1.68 Million Raised for Local Nonprofits!
2/25/2020

 

The ninth annual GoodGiving Challenge raised $1.68 million for 131 local nonprofits during the week-long online giving campaign that launched on Giving Tuesday. Created and hosted by Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, the GoodGiving Challenge connected charitable individuals with 131 local nonprofits by providing a convenient online platform, BGgives.org, where donors can learn about the work of the participating organizations and donate to the nonprofits of their choice.

Since its inception in 2011, the GoodGiving Challenge has raised nearly $12 million total for nonprofits. This year, we achieved a 10% increase in funds raised and more than 7,900 donations.

“At Blue Grass Community Foundation, building greater community generosity is a big part of what we do,” said Lauren Parsons, director of strategic initiatives and communications. “The GoodGiving Challenge proves that people respond enthusiastically when you make giving simple, rewarding and fun.”

“Raising $1.68 million in seven days is no small feat,” said Lisa Adkins, Blue Grass Community Foundation president/CEO. “It’s a reflection of the compassion of individual donors who appreciate the good work of the 131 local nonprofits that enhance our quality of life. And it’s a testament to the hard work and creativity of the 131 local nonprofits that participated in the GoodGiving Challenge.”

The 2019 GoodGiving Challenge featured over $440,000 in matching prizes that increased gifts by as much as 50% to 100%. Each day of the Challenge offered opportunities to amplify gifts with matches and prizes. The success of the 2019 GoodGiving Challenge would not be possible without our underwriters:

E.E. Murry Foundation

Marksbury Family Foundation

Mitchell Family Foundation

Edith D. Gardner Charitable Fund

Additional matching dollars and prizes provided by:

Blue Grass Community Foundation

Clark County Community Foundation

Harrison County Community Fund

Hudson-Ellis Fund

KwizFun

Traditional Bank

The 10th Annual GoodGiving Challenge is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 through Monday, December 7, 2020. Work is underway to make it the biggest and best yet! If you are interested in sponsoring a match challenge or a power hour of giving, contact Lauren Parsons at 859.225.3343 or lauren@bgcf.org.

 

 

Geri Polvino: A Career of Giving
2/24/2020

Geri Polvino

Geri Polvino has always been a trailblazer. When she was in high school, her parents gave Geri and her sister a choice: they could pay for a wedding or college, but they could not afford to do both. Geri’s sister chose the wedding; Geri chose college. She was the first in her extended family to attend.

“My parents received a lot of pushback from relatives who thought it was foolish to send a girl to college,” said Geri. “They believed girls would never use their education.”

Geri earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Brockport, a Masters in Education with an emphasis in sports  science from Eastern Kentucky University, and later, a PhD from the University of Iowa.

Geri joined EKU’s Department of Physical Education, Health & Recreation faculty in 1966. She took over the successful women’s volleyball team from Coach Millie Maupin.

“I wanted to coach softball,” Geri said, “but EKU didn’t have a women’s softball team at the time. The university thought softball was ‘too rough’ for girls.”

After receiving her PhD in 1970, Geri was promoted to full professor at EKU and continued working with the women’s volleyball team. The Colonels won nine conference championships and eight combined league tournament titles, and graduated over 525 alumnae under Geri’s leadership.

Geri became world-famous for her contributions to the sport. In 1984, she was the first certified female coach instructor to be inducted into the prestigious International Volleyball Federation.

Geri’s goal as a coach always included going “beyond winning.” In addition to athletic excellence, she made sure her players also pursued and achieved academic excellence. Using the medium of volleyball, Geri made it possible for young women to pursue larger opportunities.

After Geri retired from EKU in 1997, she embarked on a new career as a financial advisor for Edward Jones. She now helps clients identify and reach their long-term financial goals.

Geri has given careful thought to the legacy she wants to leave.

 “The Community Foundation helped me clarify my goals and what I want my impact to be,” she said. “BGCF’s expertise and personalized solutions perfectly align with how I serve my own clients.”

At BGCF, Geri established the Dr. Geri Polvino, Russell, Josephine & Mary Family Scholarship Fund — named after her family in appreciation for the opportunity to pursue an education. The scholarship will benefit female graduating seniors from Fayette, Jessamine or Madison County, with preference given to first generation college students who demonstrate significant academic improvement during high school. Geri is funding the scholarship with IRA charitable rollover contributions during her lifetime and will enhance it after her lifetime with an estate gift.

Geri also established a BGCF Donor Advised Fund to simplify her current giving. Gifts of highly appreciated stock allow Geri to maximize her giving power while minimizing her taxes.

“I’m delighted with the ease and convenience of organizing my charitable giving through the Community Foundation,” she said. “Now, I happily recommend BGCF to my friends and clients who want to leave a meaningful legacy.”

To learn how BGCF can help you establish a charitable legacy aligned with your goals, contact Lisa Adkins, President/CEO, at 859.225.3343.

 

CLARK Scholars Scholarship Provides Students with a Needed Lift
2/21/2020

 

One simple document is all it takes to create a scholarship fund that will help employees’ children further their education. With guidance from Blue Grass Community Foundation, the company develops the scholarship criteria and then is insulated from decision-making responsibility. BGCF’s Scholarship Committee reviews applications, and our staff distributes funding and monitors the students’ academic progress.

CLARK Material Handling, the international manufacturer of forklifts headquartered in Lexington, has a commitment to giving back to the Lexington community by providing need-based scholarships for Fayette County students. While the children of CLARK Material Handling are eligible to apply, the scholarship is offered to all Fayette County high school seniors. The CLARK Scholars Scholarship provides an award of $1,000 that is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. Since the fund was established in 2015, the scholarship has awarded a total of $47,000 to 19 deserving students.

Blue Grass Community Foundation Celebrates $100 Million in Total Grantmaking
2/19/2020

Lexington, Ky. (February 20, 2020) – Today, Blue Grass Community Foundation celebrates the milestone of awarding $100 million in aggregate grants since its founding in 1967. Because this could not have been accomplished without the generosity of our donors and the communities we serve across Central and Appalachia Kentucky, BGCF is hosting multiple special events to celebrate and express our gratitude.

During a news conference at City Hall on Thursday morning, Mayor Linda Gorton will kick-off the Thanks $100 Million celebration with a Mayoral Proclamation commemorating the event. Blue Grass Community Foundation President/CEO Lisa Adkins and Board Chair Fran Taylor will present executives and representatives of the Urban League of Lexington, The Hearing and Speech Center, and Sayre School’s Green Team with grants in honor of the initial round of $100 grants awarded by the Community Foundation back in 1968.

BGCF is partnering with two of our corporate charitable fundholders to help us thank the community for its generosity:

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on February 20, Blue Grass Community Foundation will give away 50 free drinks at Cup of Commonwealth and 50 free drinks at Chocolate Holler. One lucky drink recipient at each location will also receive a $1,000 BGCF Giving Card redeemable for their favorite local nonprofit.

Also beginning at 10:30 a.m. on February 20, BGCF will give away 100 free stickers at the Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall on Bryan Avenue. One lucky sticker recipient will receive a $1,000 BGCF Giving Card redeemable for their favorite local nonprofit.

A fourth $1,000 BGCF Giving Card will be given away in a social media promotion: like and follow @BGCFKY on Facebook and be on the lookout for a special post with details about the Giving Card contest.

BGCF will share 100 stories of impact about the people, initiatives, and $100 million in grants made throughout the Community Foundation’s history at www.bgcf100million.org.

Blue Grass Community Foundation was started in 1967 by local philanthropists C.W. & Irene Sulier. That first year, assets of Blue Grass Foundation (as it was then called) reached $5,000. Fast forward to February 2020. The Community Foundation has grown from one charitable fund to almost 700, each with its own unique charitable purpose. Charitable assets total almost $150 million, with total grants since inception of over $108 million.

Our community’s generosity has accelerated in recent years. It took 45 years to grant the first $50 million to nonprofits and scholarship recipients, but fewer than 7 years to grant the next $50 million. Over the course of the last 10 fiscal years (FY11 to FY20) BGCF has granted out $87.8M, or 81% of the total. We are confident that the Community Foundation will have an even larger impact as we move forward and continue to grow.

But, as President/CEO Lisa Adkins notes, “This is about so much more than numbers. Achieving the $100 million milestone represents progress toward our mission of increasing community generosity. It’s about impact, transformation, changed lives and the generosity of donors who make it possible. Whether it’s the environment and greenspaces, early childhood education and literacy, safer communities, more engaged neighborhoods, or arts and culture, philanthropy powers so much good in our communities.”

At the Community Foundation, we believe that one person can make a difference, but know we make the biggest impact when we invest together for our communities. If you’d like to have a greater impact on your community and the causes you love, join us. We want to partner with you. Contact us today to establish a charitable fund to reach your philanthropic goals.

 

                                 

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