During the week of November 12-18, 2014, the Shenandoah Community Foundation joins more than 700 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic needs.
“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Foundation president, Jeff Dalke. “As many residents grapple with limited resources and a growing need for services, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems.” Community foundations are independent, entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues.
Foundation Week recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach bringing together public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.