As another year-end quickly approaches, members of the CACFF are thankful for many things. However, here are five that stand out:
1. A spirit of giving
The CACFF could not be what it is today without the invaluable support and belief of its donors. When our fund was first started in 2007, the primary goal was to grow a sizable unrestricted endowment that would create a stream of perpetual income for grantmaking back to our community. That endowment account has continued to grow and grow over the years thanks to the gifts of many faithful supporters, and now is generating income that is being used for grantmaking. The amount of grants we are able to give every year will continue to grow as we increase our endowment.
2. Growth in our community
The city of "Power and Progress" certainley lived up to its name this year. From passing a bond for the construction of a new high school, to the continued expansion of other capital projects such as a new YMCA and health department, to the plans for a new library, and much more, it's evident that our community is growing. The Columbus area is also attracting new workers and families to our community, many of whom are opening their own businesses, and getting involved in service. We are thankful for all who have chosen to call the Columbus area "home."
3. Unique collaboration
As one of the founding members of the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council, CACFF is proud of this unique opportunity to work together with other non-profit charitable organizations in the community that are creating endowments and working together on projects that cultivate a "culture of giving" in our community.
4. New additions to the CACFF
This year, CACFF gained its first official part-time coordinator, Amanda Polacek, as well as many new fund advisory committee members. We are thankful for all of these new additions and their committement to growing our fund and our community.
5. Things ahead
Perhaps the thing that's most to be thankful for this year, however, is what's ahead for CACFF. We have come quite a ways since our inception, and with the help and guidance of the Nebraska Community Foundation and other partners, are working on practicing "active hope" and cultivating the assets in our community in order to best affect change and growth for generations to come.