By the end of the Community Foundation’s 71st Annual Meeting on March 21, sunshine had broken through a day-long cloud cover, in keeping with the numerous organizational breakthroughs celebrated that afternoon.
Inside the Aurora Country Club, staff, current and former Board members, and annual members gathered to revisit 2018 and forecast a successful 2019.
If you weren’t able to attend our Annual Meeting, we’d still like to share a few highlights with you.
Expect to see more community initiatives and funds. As part of our new strategic plan, we’re emphasizing the development of funds to address community-specific needs throughout the Fox River Valley. This allows us to satisfy needs outside our service area while preserving our core.
In 2018, we awarded a record number of scholarships. In 2019, we’ll be a stronger presence at local high school graduation ceremonies. Last year, we awarded 381 students a total of $835,950 in scholarships. To help spread the word about our program and celebrate our amazing scholarship recipients, we will partner with local high schools to recognize recipients as part of their graduation programs.
Our new Communications Plan will make partnering with – and talking about – the Community Foundation much simpler. The plan (which you’ll find soon on our website) includes talking points, infographics, and descriptions of our constituents that clearly depict our services. Visual tools like these will equip you to act as a brand ambassador for the Community Foundation, no matter where you are.