Community foundations were built to meet community needs – today and far into the future. In times of crisis, community foundations are the first responders that help neighbors weather rapidly evolving situations.
All that we did during our Centennial year – expanding awareness of our work and being guided by community voices as we rapidly deployed dollars – prepared us to be ready and strong for the daunting challenges of 2020.
As COVID-19 devastated marginalized and vulnerable populations, we knew how to step forward effectively while adapting to a totally new way of operations. We knew the importance of focusing on frontline organizations serving at-risk populations including seniors, people with disabilities, and those experiencing homelessness or who are economically disadvantaged.
As racial and economic injustice has risen to the forefront of our collective consciousness, we have joined those pushing for meaningful solutions and systemic changes to address the unjust deaths of and brutality toward African-Americans and other communities of color.
Through the trust, we have established over time, through the personal and organizational bridges we have built, we have been, are, and will continue to be the place people turn to.
For over 100 years, this is who we have been. For now and for many tomorrows to come, this is what we will do, thanks to all those who make our work possible.
We’re looking forward – with clear-eyed purpose – to bringing about a more equitable, connected, and compassionate community.