Community Foundations Centennial

Immediately after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, people feared a tsunami might be triggered on the San Mateo County coast, a beautiful area south of San Francisco that includes numerous small towns, rural farmland and redwood for
Before “gift” was a verb, it was a noun – and in Indiana it was GIFT, an all-caps philanthropic initiative of Lilly Endowment Inc. to help Indiana communities build and strengthen a network of community foundations.
As we celebrate and ponder a century of Community Foundation impact in our society, the convergence of community and climate is increasingly relevant.
100 years. A lot happens in 100 years. Just take a moment to imagine life in 1914. An unprecedented World War was just starting. The Great Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and personal computers were still in the future.
Fifteen years ago, a dedicated group of Appalachian Ohio’s leaders recognized a significant gap in their region.
A few years back, leaders in Des Moines, Iowa, faced a common dilemma. While there was no shortage of people and organizations working to better the community, there was little alignment or master planning to coordinate the efforts.
“It goes without saying that increased technology has allowed us not only to stay in operation but to thrive and therefore to continue to meet the needs of children and families.”
On a busy Monday morning, attorney and community advocate Steve Reyes arrives for his first day on the job. Already there are back-to-back meetings and everyone on staff seems to need a few minutes to talk with him.
The Richmond Community Foundation began, in 2002, what was to become its largest community initiative: The Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE).
The Derby Area Veterans Memorial – Walk of Freedom began in 2004 as a dream.

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