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Recognizing the Impact of Community Foundations

November 17, 2011
Community Foundation of Broward Participates in National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy

(Fort Lauderdale, 11-17-11) ─ During the week of November 12-18, 2011, the Community Foundation of Broward will join more than 700 community foundations across America for Community Foundation Week. For more than 20 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges. 
“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Linda Carter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. “In a down economy, with limited resources and a growing need for services to help families in need, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions to some of our most challenging social problems.” 
Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. Recognizing that the middle school years are critical ones in academic preparation and a time of huge change for students academically, developmentally and socially, the Community Foundation has launched School is Cool, a community-wide initiative. School is Cool aims to increase high school graduation rates to 90% by focusing on middle school success. 
In addition, the recently launched Art of Community Challenge seeks to use art to support bold and unique projects that will increase the sense of community of Broward residents while addressing issues of public concern.  
Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—that is advancing solutions to a wide range of social issues. The 2010 Columbus Survey found that despite the recession, giving by the nation’s 100 largest community foundations actually increased slightly in 2010 to $3.7 billion and exceeded prerecession levels seen in 2006 and 2007. 
Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former president George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.
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