I am excited to continue serving as President of the Rockland Community Foundation and ready to build on the successes we have already achieved. In 2018, we contributed over $500,000 to our community! Through our various funds we provided vital support to non-profit organizations, offered tuition assistance to college-bound students, expanded local food pantries, supported teachers and their engagements with students, and stimulated development for community projects.
Additionally, the Foundation was able to launch our new branding initiatives, increase funding for the Innovative Teaching Grant, and expand our Food Pantry Grant program. Through responsible stewardship we were able to provide significant return on investment for the almost 70 board and donor funds under our umbrella and bring our total assets to 2.4 million that enables us to provide even greater support to causes that our donors and our Board of Directors feel are pivotal to Rockland County.
The Rockland Community Foundation aspires to provide the infrastructure for individuals and organizations to maintain and expand their philanthropic efforts. Acting as a liaison between donors and causes, we build an unbreakable bond within our community and strengthen our society.
Our vision is a future where we continue to grow and support important causes that are crucial to our community. As our county’s only fund-based non-profit, the Rockland Community Foundation is able to reach the widest number of local charitable causes by keeping our donors engaged within our community. Thanks to all of the accomplishments and remarkable work of our past president, Lawrence Codispoti, the Board of Directors and Advisory Board Members, we have continued a movement for transformative change in Rockland County, one that I am committed to help grow.
Furthermore, we are eager to host the annual Signature Gala with a theme that focuses on Investing in a Brilliant Future: Spotlight on Education. This year we are honoring Verizon for their continuous dedication for the Innovative Teaching Grant and the Trust Family for providing opportunity to students furthering education. This year's Signature Gala celebrates the educational opportunities that are available to our local teachers and students.
From joining the Rockland Community Foundation, as a board member over 8 years ago, I have personally seen us grow from 12 funds to over 70 funds and from $190,000 to 2.4M in assets. Thank you for all your efforts and conviction as we strive to unify and make a difference in the place many of us call home. With your support, we can further improve the lives and wellbeing of Rockland County individuals and foster the idea of giving to the next generation. I am proud to be able to serve and connect with our community as the President of The Rockland Community Foundation. I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues on implementing new strategies that will enhance the quality of life for the people we work, live and grow with everyday.
We Strengthen the Power of Giving together.
President, Rockland Community Foundation