These are new and exciting times at the Community Foundation of San Joaquin! In May of 2017, I was honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors to help lead the Community Foundation as its next CEO. Coming from a public service background—having previously served as a Stockton City Councilmember and San Joaquin County Supervisor—I greatly appreciate the impact that philanthropy can have on improving the lives of our residents. San Joaquin County is a region on the rise and I believe that effective philanthropy can help us reach new heights.
2017 also marked the Community Foundation’s ten-year anniversary. Over the past decade, the Community Foundation has grown to $13 million in assets and has given out more than $5.5 million in grants to support local and national nonprofits. In 2017, we also established the Community Health Fund—a multi-year, competitive grant program that represents our commitment to improving health outcomes in our region.
In order to have an even greater impact on our community in the next ten years, the Community Foundation is working to strengthen its core mission while deploying new strategies to attract more public, private and philanthropic investment into our region. We also want to focus on taking a more collaborative approach to creating change. We seek to forge stronger partnerships with other local foundations for collective impact.
To our donors and stakeholders: we are grateful for the trust you have placed in us as your philanthropic partner. It is in great measure because of your support that the Community Foundation can aspire to make an impact through the power of giving.
To all the people of San Joaquin County: we look forward to writing the next chapter of the Community Foundation with you.