Annual Report 2018
The Community Foundation is built on the idea that when we come together, we can enhance lives. Over the years we have faced a variety of challenges and opportunities, and 2018 was no different. As we’ve done for nearly 70 years, we continued to build partnerships to address changing needs of our community. These partnerships are made possible by the great people of our community and their willingness to share knowledge. This collaborative spirit, along with our ability to amplify the impact of charitable giving, helped us continue to transform generosity into lasting community impact. As we searched for effective ways to create change, 2018 was another year of us working with you to bring philanthropy and innovative nonprofits together.
We engage in a broad range of grantmaking efforts, but at the root of them all is one goal: to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community. There are endless ways to improve the lives of those around us, and we strive to engage in a variety of approaches. In 2018 we continued to support the valuable work of nonprofits and provide education opportunities for our youth—efforts made possible by the $10.9 million in contributions we received.
We have always recognized that the work we do is only possible when community partners come together. With that in mind, in 2018 we continued to convene organizations and individuals committed to building stronger communities. By bringing people together, we can diversify our perspectives and leverage resources, allowing us to make better decisions and a bigger impact. This year, community partnerships helped us support our small businesses, commemorate one of our neighborhoods, celebrate our donors and nonprofits, and guide our youth.
Our role as a community resource does not start and end with grantmaking. Our position gives us a unique ability to guide donors and nonprofits as we work together to better our community. By responding to the philanthropic goals of our donors, we can develop a diverse and strategic vision of our community’s future. As nonprofits look to contribute to that thriving future, we can use our expertise to inform their efforts, connect them to each other and reach their audiences.
All of our work at the Community Foundation is based on two assumptions—that our community can always be better, and that our community will always be encountering new challenges. To address the issues of today and tomorrow requires a level of commitment that we are proud to see in our donors, nonprofits and community leaders. In 2018 we saw that commitment on display as community members came together to take on existing, new and potential challenges.