On June 20, 2016, I made my way to my first day at the office with the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. I recall feeling calm and optimistic. I had a sense I had made the right decision to leave higher education advancement for the Community Foundation. As I woke up this morning, and think of the year that went by, I know I made the right decision. I reflect on my first year with the Community Foundation – getting to know our board, staff, fundholders, partners in corporate and nonprofit leadership, and professional advisors. The past year has been one of the happiest years of my professional life and each of you contributed to that happiness.
I have worked in marketing, communications, and development for over 30 years, and have never worked with such a group of motivated, capable, and delightful individuals who care as much about each other as they do about their community and the Community Foundation. This is an empathic, generous community, which I am proud to call home.
We moved forward at a furious pace this past year, steadily accomplishing the goals set forth for 2017 in our 5-year strategic plan, and realizing the second-best year in the Community Foundation’s 18-year history. We relied on our stakeholders for feedback, and hope you feel we are taking action, not just listening, or creating a plan. As you know, we hit a major milestone and granted our 100th Millionth Dollar. We have tons to be proud of and hope you will join the Community Foundation at our upcoming “Celebration of Giving.” Please stay tuned for more details on the event. In June, we held our inaugural Corporate Philanthropy Partnership meeting, and now have 10 corporate partners working together collectively and collaboratively to make a difference.
Last week we welcomed many of you, our fundholders and professional advisors, to the Foundation offices, for an educational seminar. The packed room enjoyed presentations on our Community Leadership Initiatives, the different types of funds available, and an estate planning and planned giving session. We look forward to hosting more seminars and hope to see you here soon.
Finally, I must give a shout out to the staff. You work hard, but don’t let stress show. You manage a multitude of sometimes unrelated tasks, yet the smile on your face stays as fresh when you leave the building as it was when you entered in the morning; and, while you manage routine tasks, you innovate every day to make the Community Foundation better.
You make this place what it is. I look forward to many years of good work and friendship with you. Call me if I can help you with your charitable giving or answer your questions about the Community Foundation.
Ginny Harding-Davis, Chief Advancement Officer
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