Since I announced my intention to retire at the end of the year, I’ve been deeply moved by the level of support and well wishes from all the people I’ve developed professional relationships with throughout my 20 years at the Community Foundation—and so many of you have become personal friends.
It has been a privilege to watch the Community Foundation evolve from a tiny, nascent organization with donated computers and desks into an organization that impacts thousands of lives every year in Central Jersey.
As I prepare for my next act, I can report that the Community Foundation is stable, focused and poised for new leadership. Today, the Community Foundation is stronger and more influential within the communities it serves than ever. When I arrived in 1994, we had $300,000 in assets. Today, we have nearly $100 million. That monumental growth has enabled the Community Foundation to grant out more than $7 million per year to deserving nonprofits.
In light of that growth, I have made the decision that it is now time for someone else to build on our good work and escalate the Community Foundation to an even greater level of community service.
Our Board of Trustees has begun the search for new leadership, and will appoint a Transition Committee to oversee the leadership change. I look forward to that process as we identify the right new leader to continue and expand the Community Foundation’s legacy and its contributions to the region.