Message from our CEO Marian Kaanon

Amanda Hughes - Monday, January 04, 2016

Welcome to our new and improved monthly e-missive! There is so much going on at Stanislaus Community Foundation that we’ve expanded our news format to better reflect the many activities we’re engaged in. We hope you’ll like the new version and by all means, please send me an email with your feedback.

Stanislaus Community Foundation wound down 2015 with a bang, not a whimper, bringing in 11 new funds and inking a new scholarship program with a local ag-based family business, which you’ll read about in this issue.

Major milestones in 2015 included:

  • The Stanislaus READS! campaign launched in March 2015 and immediately gained early wins, including the deployment of Imagination Library and a universal kindergarten assessment among pilot schools. We secured significant funding support from The James Irvine Foundation to expand the initiative in the coming years.
  • The Seeding Futures scholarship initiative began its planning phase, thanks to a grant from the College Futures Foundation. We are convening the Stanislaus County Office of Education, CSU Stanislaus Modesto Junior College, four school districts along with community and business stakeholders around the common goal of changing the college-going culture among low-income students in our region. We’ll be finalizing our findings and submitting for an implementation grant in mid-2016…stay tuned for our community report.
  • In partnership with City Ministry Network and the Sierra Health Foundation, we hosted the second-annual Connecting for Good event to a sell-out crowd of public officials, neighborhood champions, business owners and nonprofit leaders. In 2016 we’re expanding to the Modesto Center Plaza and the program will focus on ‘innovation in action,’ providing attendees with immediate prototypes to scale around real community challenges.
  • We granted more than $1.3 million to local nonprofits and provided nearly $99,000 to local college-bound students, continuing to make an investment in our region.

Another highlight of 2015 was the commitment on the part of our Board of Directors to an ambitious three-year strategic plan underpinned by the Stanislaus Community Foundation’s focus on building – and modelling – collaboration. Throughout this year, we’ve advanced our work in true partnership with others in our region. Thank you for your support, and here’s to a great year ahead. 

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