Steve Harvey’s Mustache

Steve Harvey’s Mustache

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! That’s one of my favorite movie lines by none other than Dory from Finding Nemo. No doubt, there has been more than a few times I’ve repeated that line to myself in the past 3 ½ year. It was at that time I was promoted to the position of Executive Director at the Community Foundation. It was also at the time when I learned that my current position of Development Manager wouldn’t be filled. The staff was shrinking from 5 to 4, but the workload remained the same. That’s the definition of bittersweet for sure. But, we had a job to do and with fewer people to get it all done, there was no time to waste. So, we just kept swimming. And, not just any kind of swimming. I’m talking Michael-Phelps-Gold-Medal-Winning-Olympic-Swimming. And, it worked. Over the past 3 ½ years, we’ve increased the number of donors, number of donations, and overall donation amounts significantly.

2013 vs

1Above I’ve compared 2013 results to both 2014 and 2015 to show the impressive increases. Additionally, since Lilly Endowment was so generous in 2014 with their $1,000,000 gift and matching opportunity and knowing how that type of donation can really skew your numbers, I intentionally left their $1M out of our calculations. Either way, the results are astounding. Our interns said that the only thing more impressive is Steve Harvey’s mustache. I’ll let you be the judge!

As if it could get any better, Sherri Rush—our CFO, just compiled our June 30th, end of fiscal year, numbers and demanded a drum roll…

  • Our assets are now $22,874,000, UP from $20,900,000 just one year ago!
  • Our operating budget finished with a GAIN of $52, 526, which means both budgeting and spending is in check!
  • Our operating cash in reserves is holding strong at 116%.
  • Our sustainability remains at 100%…that means we no longer need to raise money for our own operations. We fully sustain ourselves and solely raise money to build endowments that will benefit charitable causes in Grant County in perpetuity.

I know, I know, that’s a ton of numbers! And, I’m more of a words and people person, so let me just tell you what this all really means:

  1. It means that we are building deeper, more meaningful relationships with donors like you.
  2. It means that the community is responding positively to our BIG IDEA grantmaking strategy with larger and more frequent donations—that shows donor confidence.
  3. It means that the balance of growing our assets, grantmaking, and stepping up in a community leadership role is proving to be both strong and welcomed as we begin to look as some of the communities most pressing issues, like child poverty.
  4. It means, it’s time to add that Development Manager back into the mix.

We’ve been lean and mean for nearly 4 years now and are finally able to expand our staff back to five. Let me introduce you to our 2015 Community Foundation Team:

Sherri RushShelly JonesCassie FlemingMeagan McCracken











And, of course, yours truly. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Community Foundation family and to live in Grant County. I believe we are at the tipping point of some truly amazing opportunities. Opportunities that can catapult us into real momentum. (The BIG MO!) Probably no opportunities to have a majestic mustache like Steve Harvey, but very real choices to be a part of the solution. The Foundation team is up for it, are you?

  • Chad Leighty
    Posted at 17:54h, 11 August Reply

    Great numbers to report on! Wish I could take the credit for a 10% increase of assets. Great job!

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