Iam pleased to present our second issue of Impact. In this issue, we are spotlighting the region’s cultural vibrancy, and our commitment—through our Transforming the Creative Economy initiative—to assuring all of our neighbors enjoy ample access to arts and cultural experiences.
We also explore an important, and underreported, problem in our region—the “hidden hungry.” So often, the necessary work our region’s food providers do is only associated with the homeless population in the capital region, but, as you will read, most emergency food recipients are the working poor. This is an issue the Foundation is helping to address through its work in the food economy.
I know you will be inspired by the story of young students in our region who, with grit and determination and bolstered by Foundation scholarships and wrap-around services of our Capital Area Promise Scholars program, are pursuing their educational dreams.
In this issue, we also showcase our fundholders, Denise and Donald Timmons, who chose to open a Donor Advised Fund rather than form their own private foundation, and professional advisor Elfrena Foord provides guidance on how to engage the entire family in philanthropy.
Last year was very active and productive, which is reflected in the 2018 Year in Review. You’ll note that the Foundation awarded $14 million in grants and scholarships, a $3 million increase over 2017. While we take great pride in that figure, what is most meaningful is the impact of those grants—and what we, with our fundholders and partners, are doing to make our region stronger.
As always, we welcome your feedback and thank you for your continued engagement and support.
Linda Beech Cutler,
Chief Executive Officer