Community Foundation of

Randolph County, Inc.

 

Public leadership is not the prerogative of the few; it is the responsibility of the many.

-David Mathews

 

The time is always right to do what is right.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Leadership is a position of servanthood.

-Max DePree

 

We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities.

-Pogo

 

Success is a journey, not a destination.

-Ben Sweetland

 

Servant leadership begins with the individual leader putting people first.

-Anne T. Fraker

 

The world is changing like a kaleidoscope-- right before our eyes.

-Marion Wright Edelman

 

The more voices that are heard, the stronger the organization.

-Barbara Kipper

 

 

What is the Community Foundation?

In the broadest sense, the Community Foundation of Randolph County, Inc. is here to make our community the very best place to live, work and to raise a family. As a non-political private organization, we are uniquely able to provide grant money for innovative projects that have a major impact on our community.

The Community Foundation’s work falls into three major categories: grantmaking, donor service and community convening. Our most visible activity is the grants and scholarships we award each year. In 2010, the Foundation provided $128,000 to the community in grants and scholarships. Most of these awards come from income earned from permanently endowed funds. Some of these endowed funds are unrestricted—meaning that the foundation board has the responsibility to use the income as it best determines—generally in response to applications from community organizations. Scholarships and other grants come from funds that donors have established for certain purposes.

Helping donors to achieve their charitable objectives is also an important activity of the foundation. We work with individuals and organizations that want to create a lasting legacy for Randolph County. For as little as $10,000, donors can create a permanent endowment fund that generates income to benefit any charitable cause they wish to support.

Because we are a non-political private organization, the foundation also can serve as a convener of organizations and individuals around a particular cause. As an organization looking out for the welfare of the entire county, we can be a safe and neutral place for people to discuss problems and potential solutions to the issues that face Randolph County.

We are YOUR Community Foundation. Our mission is to bring people and resources together to enrich the lives of Randolph County residents.

Overview

The Council on Foundations defines a community foundation as a tax-exempt, nonprofit, autonomous, publicly supported, philanthropic institution composed primarily of permanent funds established by many separate donors of the long-term diverse, charitable benefit of the residents of a defined geographic area.

In 1993, a group of concerned volunteers gathered to establish a community foundation in Randolph County. They recognized that this new type of charitable organization would provide something Randolph County had never had: a charitable organization that allows donors to support any type of charity and more importantly a charity that is established to last forever. They worked diligently to establish the organization and gain those first gifts. Each gift was invested into a permanent fund called the Community Enrichment Fund. Those gifts have developed into the endowment which exists today. The income from that endowment is what is used to make grants in the community.

From its humble beginning, the Foundation has evolved into a community leader. The Foundation has become a constant source of financial support to local non-profits. The board of directors has established a structured group of committees, which actively monitor investments, grants, scholarships, donor relations and overall operation of the Foundation.

In the broadest sense, the Community Foundation of Randolph County, Inc. is here to make our community the very best place to live, work and to raise a family. As a non-political private organization, we are uniquely able to provide grant money for innovative projects that have a major impact on our community.

In our short history we have already begun to make a difference in the community, but we have only begun to scratch the surface. By 2015, we intend to grow our endowment to $10 million, which should allow us to award $500,000 per year in grants and scholarships. Within that goal, we intend to grow our operating endowment to a level sufficient to maintain the operations of the foundation.

The Community Foundation's work falls into three major categories: grantmaking, donor service and community convening.

Through its scholarship and grant programs, the Community Foundation makes it possible for students and for charitable organizations to stretch themselves to improve their own lives and the community as a whole. These dollars are not available anywhere else in the community and are vital to these groups and individuals. The Foundation's grants have allowed community organizations to do remarkable things in Randolph County.