We are committed to engaging in purposeful philanthropy for the greater good of our community. As our recent annual report reflects, we are working constantly to understand the important turning points in the lives of area residents and how our resources can make a long-term difference.
Our ability to achieve this vision grows significantly each year as many individuals and companies help us expand our capacity to lead. Donors contributed more than $2.5 million in new funds to the Community Foundation last year. Combined with a strong return on our investments, our total assets grew 17% to $21,537,620.
In 2016, we invested more than $1 million into our community through grants, scholarships, and awards. We supported critical learning opportunities for our youngest community members. We contributed to after-school programs that add direction to each child’s continued development. We created new ways for teenagers to expand their career horizons. We enabled adults of all ages to gain meaningful employment and even business ownership. These are just a few examples of how we approach our grant making with purpose.
As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary, you will learn about a number of new strategic initiatives originating from the Community Foundation, such as Change Makers®, Charity Trail®, and our partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
We couldn’t undertake this important work without you, and we remain, as always, grateful beyond all measure.
Dan Layman, President & CEO