A Salute to Giving in Montgomery County
By Hon. Jeffrey Z. Slavin
Mayor, Town of Somerset
Member, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County’s Advisory Board of Directors
On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, I was proud to join with the many donors, friends, and my fellow Community Foundation for Montgomery County (CFMC) Advisory Board members as County Executive Ike Leggett commended the The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region — of which CFMC is an affiliate — for its $6.1 million in giving this past year to Montgomery County nonprofits…a 13% increase over last year despite the economic downturn!
As Leggett explained, “In these challenging times of decreasing public resources, it is wonderful to have The Community Foundation as a partner in bringing together government, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who want to make a difference right here in our community.”
We all were especially proud that so many individuals, families, and businesses gave generously through The Community Foundation’s community leadership funds which granted over $1 million to nonprofits serving the diverse needs of the County’s low-income children, families and seniors. Collectively, these funds supported both emergency services, such as food banks and shelters, as well as long-term prevention programs, including health clinics for the uninsured, affordable housing, quality after-school youth programs, and more.
My fellow advisory board members, Roz Jonas (Sharing Montgomery Fund Chair) and Julie Davis (Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund Co-Chair), shared how The Community Foundation’s work opened their eyes to the shocking needs right in here our own backyards as well as the tremendous work of the many “under the radar” nonprofits tirelessly addressing the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. We also were pleased to hear from Maria Gomez, leader of the Mary’s Center for Maternal and Family Health, who applauded The Community Foundation and its corporate and government partners for their strategic response to rapidly increasing needs of impoverished residents.
Sally Rudney, Executive Director of CFMC, thanked our two newest corporate partners, Burness Communications and Whole Foods, for their generous contributions to the Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund and our foundation colleagues who helped launch the Excel Beyond the Bell Fund this year: the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, the Mead Family Foundation, and the Commonweal Foundation. Sally then wrapped up by thanking Ike Leggett and the County Council for their work in supporting our nonprofit sector.
It’s heartbreaking to know that right here in Montgomery County, thousands of vulnerable children, families and seniors are still hurting because of the economic downturn. In tough times such as these, I’m especially proud of The Community Foundation for encouraging all of us to give – and especially to “give where we live” to the vital organizations that help make our community such a wonderful place to live and work.