“The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation.” -Mary Ritter Beard
As part of our Longview Gives Back program, Longview sponsored the 6th annual Summit On Philanthropy on September 16th at the Jackson Center. The Summit On Philanthropy is the Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County’s annual flagship event, and Longview has had the honor of offering sponsorship since its inception. This year’s event featured a great line up, including nationally known speaker, Jeff Edmundson, who spoke on “Building a Better Community”. In addition, there were two wonderful panel discussions – one on Teach For America and one on the Farm Food Collaborative. It was a very well-attended event and a great opportunity to celebrate philanthropy in our community! We were honored to be a part of such an inspiring event.
The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County’s mission is to serve as the trustee of our community’s future, fostering philanthropy and mobilizing partners, while striving for an exceptional quality of life both today and tomorrow. The Community Foundation serves our community in several ways. They work with donors to help introduce them to the many wonderful nonprofits in the community, providing educational resources about nonprofits and how to give in a smart and effective way. They can help donors narrow their focus and create a short list of possible nonprofits to support based on the donor’s goals, interests and gifts. They also facilitate giving by hosting donor advised funds (DAFs), which are giving funds created by donors to assist in their giving goals by offering a way to receive an immediate tax deduction, yet make grants over time. Through donor participation, The Community Foundation has already raised over $15,000,000 of charitable assets and has made grants totaling over $5,000,000, most of which stays in the Huntsville/Madison County area. In addition to working with donors, The Community Foundation also works with nonprofits by serving as a resource for grant making, networking and professional development.
Jessica Hovis Smith and Jeff Jones are both members of The Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Advisors Network.
Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about The Community Foundation or would like to talk about your desires to become involved or create your own giving plan. You can also learn more by visiting the Community Foundation’s website.
Andrew, Jessica, and JJ at 2015 Summit on Philanthropy