Get to know Jan Squadrito, senior community investment manager at The Community Foundation.
Describe your role at The Community Foundation, and what projects and work you’re involved in.
As the senior community investment manager, I’m the primary contact with organizations seeking assistance from The Community Foundation. Sometimes they are looking for funding, but other times they are seeking program or capacity building advice.
A friend of mine who used to work at another community foundation said we are “the community’s note passers,” and I think that’s often true. We talk with so many organizations that we often make connections that result in collaborations.
Describe your typical workday at The Community Foundation. What do you find most enjoyable?
There really is no typical day, which is what I find enjoyable about working here. The Community Foundation is doing so much in the community that no day is the same.
Is there a passion project or work accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I think our capacity-building work has an impact not only with the organizations we are directly working with, but also for the improvement of services for local residents. We’ve helped organizations merge, create shared service agreements, and when all else fails, help them through a dissolution process to ensure essential services continue to be provided by other organizations.
What do you think is unique about The Community Foundation’s model of investing locally?
I’ve always believed in helping locally because you know the organizations and the needs, so working for The Community Foundation is a great fit for me. Investing locally where we can see the work happening gives donors the assurance that their dollars are well spent and making a difference where the need is the greatest.
What is your favorite season?
Fall is my favorite season. I’m not a fan of heat and humidity, so I love the cooler temperatures and the beauty of the leaves changing colors.
What are your top 3 local restaurants?
Georgio’s Village Cafe
What are your top 3 favorite books/podcasts?
“Clover Blue” by Eldonna Edwards
“Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh “Educated” by Tara Westover
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson