2017 has been a terrific year for giving and community impact. On behalf of the Board and staff members at the Community Foundation, thank you for all you have given and done.
As I look forward to 2018 here are my Community Foundation resolutions, which are a glimpse into the future. I am confident we will keep most of these resolutions (but less sure about some personal resolutions I listed at the bottom.) Happy New Year!
- Thyself and thy family shall be healthy in the face of caregiver challenges – In 2018 our Caregiver Guidebook will be distributed through more than 400 locations, including a Spanish language version. The washoecaregivers.org resource directory website will be marketed and people’s lives will be improved.
- Thy gifts shall be plentiful and shall multiply. As the Community Foundation grows, our investment returns play a more important part in impacting the community. A 10% return means $8 million income that can be distributed in grants and scholarships. I hope this resolution comes true!
- Herewith shall all communities in northern Nevada benefit by Community Foundation support – In 2018 we continue to help rural communities set up their own community foundations under our umbrella. Affordable and effective, we are resolute in our determination to help.
- Thou shalt not rip thy neighbor off – This one sounds like a commandment, but in fact, in 2018 the Community Foundation will undertake our next initiative, to help address and curb financial abuse. Expect great things from this community-wide effort. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please call.
May your family and friends, your neighbors and colleagues, our community leaders, our children, and our pets, be happy and healthy in the New Year and for the years to come. Please join me in hoping for Peace on Earth. On a personal note, I hope to ride my bicycle more often, hike more, spend more time with friends and family, and give more back to my community.
Happy New Year! Chris Askin, President, and CEO
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