Leadership means different things to different people. At The Community Foundation, to “lead” is part of our three-word mission—Engage, Invest, Lead—and we take it seriously. Building thoughtful, diverse and positive leadership is the key to our community’s success.
While many are familiar with the ways we “invest” in the community—tens of millions of dollars over the last six decades—and our efforts to “engage,” to bring about positive change, one of the quiet ways in which we promote leadership centers on our nonprofit partners.
From our founding in 1952, The Community Foundation has invested in the community through nonprofit organizations, large and small, and we remain committed to their success. Through them, our donor’s dollars and the community’s resources can achieve tremendous impact. That’s why we provide an ongoing series of leadership and governance training sessions, attended annually by hundreds of nonprofit staff, volunteers, and board members.
Building on training in the fundamentals, we are expanding our leadership in this area—the strengthening of the nonprofit community—through a Center of Excellence model that will continue to add resources for nonprofits. In this way, our partner organizations can spend more of their resources on direct mission costs and have an even greater impact on the community we serve.
Encouraging community volunteerism and leadership through nonprofit board experience is an important component of this effort. Our engagement, through these trainings and other efforts such as our partnership with the Center for Leadership Excellence at Mohawk Valley Community College, helps nonprofit organizations recruit and retain board members committed to the community.
In this issue of Endless Possibilities, we highlight a number of leadership efforts that we are involved in, including addressing lead poisoning through our Lead-Free MV coalition. Read on to learn about the progress that has been made and please consider donating using the envelope in this publication to advance this initiative further. You’ll also learn more about our nonprofit partners and fundholders and the many ways in which they are collaborating with The Community Foundation to build a brighter future for our two counties and our region. We hope that you enjoy these stories of impact.