It has been a banner week for the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. The organization topped $50 million in assets, which put them in the top five such foundations in the state, and a record-breaking $408,000 in scholarships were awarded to local students.
The impact of the Community Foundation on this region cannot be overstated. The work of the foundation is fostering a culture of philanthropy and making it possible for those of us who live here to give back to the communities we love and make a tangible difference. They are teaching us that many small gifts can make an even bigger impact than the sizable contributions. If every one of us gave 5 percent of our estate to benefit the community, imagine the impact we could have on future generations.
There are two critical drivers of the success of the Community Foundation here — its executive director and board of trustees. It is no coincidence that the assets of the organization have more than tripled since Executive Director Beth Stipe took the reins a little more than a decade ago. She took a successful organization and brought creative thinking and a vision for doing much more than anyone thought was possible. Stipe is the consummate connector who has been quietly involved in challenging our community to aim high and we owe her a great debt of gratitude.
The foundation’s board of directors, led by Kris Taylor of Stifel Nicolaus, deserves a ton of credit as well. To a person, the board represents community-spirited and visionary leaders of North Central Washington.
Together, Stipe and the board have taken the foundation and our region to extraordinary heights, but this is just the beginning. We stand in awe of what has been accomplished and are excited about possibilities for the future.
This is the opinion of The Wenatchee World and its Editorial Board: Publisher Rufus Woods, Editor Cal FitzSimmons and Editorial Page Editor Tracy Warner.