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A brief overview of what we are about, and how we could use you!

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    • Empowering donors, enriching the community .
    • What is a Community Foundation?
      • A community foundation is a permanent philanthropic instrument of, by and for its community . Its essential task is to maintain a pool of endowment funds, donated by many people and institutions, and invested to produce income for charitable grants to benefit the entire community.
    • Defining Characteristics Community Foundations
      • Mission to improve quality of life in service area
      • Tax exempt public charity
      • Individuals, families, businesses and organizations create permanent charitable funds
      • Funds are professionally invested and administered
      • Governed by a volunteer board of leading citizens
      • Managed by a professional staff with expertise in serving both donors and their communities
    • A Community Foundation is a Great Asset….Why?
      • Community needs outweigh current charitable funding
      • Provides a LOCAL vehicle to people wishing to leave a charitable legacy
      • Lends financial knowledge so that area non-profits can build endowments
      • Becomes a permanent philanthropic resource of, by, and for the community
    • How A Community Foundation Works
      • Citizens, businesses, and interested parties donate money, real estate, art, and investment to the Foundation
      • Assets are placed in structured funds, managed by the Foundation: Discretionary, Designated, Field of Interest, Advised, or Scholarship Funds
      • Donors & Foundation staff determine the best structure to meet Donor goals
      • Foundation staff make community grants based on the parameters of the available funds
    • It’s Our Turn
      • First community foundation created in Cleveland in 1914
      • The Boston Foundation, created in 1915, has assets nearing $650 Million
      • 14 community foundations in Massachusetts; 3 formed in the last few years
      • Greater Plymouth County underserved by neighboring community foundations
    • The need is here . Greater Plymouth County has limited philanthropic resources to:
      • Support art & cultural centers, health and human services, and programming for seniors and youth
      • Balance environmental & growth pressure
      • Respond to the needs of diverse communities
      • Address challenging economic and community development issues
    • Why Now?
      • Momentum from current capital projects
      • Fastest growing region in Commonwealth
      • Continue developing regional cultural assets
      • Proven and emerging leadership
    • A Community Foundation Complements Existing Efforts
      • Supports a broad range of interest areas
      • Enables region to attract national funding
      • Independent of more limited private philanthropic interests
      • Stimulates and structures longer-term charitable giving
      • Endowed funds help area non-profits weather lean times
    • Communities to Be Served
      • Abington
      • Avon
      • Bridgewater
      • Brockton
      • Carver
      • Cohasset
      • Duxbury
      • East Bridgewater
      • Easton
      • Halifax
      • Hanover
      • Hanson
      • Hingham
      • Hull
      • Kingston
      • Lakeville
      • Marshfield
      • Middleborough
      • Norwell
      • Pembroke
      • Plymouth
      • Plympton
      • Rockland
      • Scituate
      • Stoughton
      • West Bridgewater
      • Whitman
    • Moving Forward on Four Fronts
      • Organization and Leadership
      • Education
      • Initial programs
      • Fundraising
    • * Educate others * Consider a Board position * Refer interested donors * Share information Thank You