Community Foundations Centennial

“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.”

The Richmond Community Foundation began, in 2002, what was to become its largest community initiative: The Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE). The Foundation began to convene Richmond, California community residents and stakeholders through focus groups, surveys and planning charrettes to develop a vision for the Nystrom community, considered at the time one of the most violent communities in the United States.

The physical and emotional landscape of our community was forever changed on March 22, 2014, when a devastating mudslide swept through our community and took the lives 43 of our neighbors. The Darrington, Arlington and Oso communities are located in rural Snohomish County, north of Seattle.

Bobby Hill, recruitment coordinator for the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, loves to tell everyone that he has "the best job in the world." In southeastern Virginia, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation is working to create more Bobby Hills – nonprofit professionals doing rewarding work with great gusto and expertise.

As the third poorest city in the country, Buffalo welcomed the opportunity to say “yes” – and hope has been ignited! First-year outcomes indicate an 8-percentage point increase in high school graduation (the largest in the district’s recent history) and a 9-percentage point increase in college matriculation rates. The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has been central to driving this new optimism.

In southeast Indiana, bordering the Ohio River across from Louisville, Kentucky, only 25% of the workforce has an associate’s, bachelor’s, or professional degree, compared to 38% nationally. Yet one in four – over 40,000 people – of the region’s adult workers has earned some college credits. To the community foundations that serve this region, those 40,000 people represent an opportunity to increase the economic advantages of our communities, lure new businesses to our region, and enhance the quality of life for this and future generations.