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Sandi Rowland, Foundation Director
This summer I joined over 100 colleagues from Community Foundations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey for a full day of news, information sharing and presentations on a variety of topics related to the Community Foundation world. The meeting was held outside of Philadelphia.
Since CTF is relatively new, we are just nine years old, and I’m really new, just one year on the job, the opportunity to hear from foundations with decades of experience and seasoned community foundation leaders proved invaluable. I have found the people involved with Community Foundations, either as staff or Governing Board Members, to be extremely nice and helpful. Many have years of experience in donor development and program management. I have found my more experienced colleagues to be very forthcoming in sharing their tips of the trade and secrets to success.
Throughout the day we heard from senior leadership from the Council on Foundations, we heard visions on where community foundations are heading, and practical advice on investment issues and working with community partners and community impact.
Since the conference was fairly far for one day’s drive, I carpooled with colleagues from the Baltimore Community Foundation. Our six hour back and forth ride between Baltimore and Philadelphia was also full of great conversations and lots more learning for me. I was anxious to share much of what I learned with CTF’s Board of Directors when I returned. I’m very excited at the potential for CTF as we build our assets and our impact in the communities we serve.