As I come to the end of my term chairing the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, I can say confidently that the volunteers and staff work very hard to strengthen our community for the present and the future. They clearly are helping people make a difference in the lives of others.
The Foundation continues to grow through contributions and strong investment returns, but certainly more important are the millions of grant dollars that flow into our community, helping so many nonprofits help the individuals they serve.
Having served on the Board (and continuing to do so), I have witnessed how the Board members, community volunteers and the staff work together to help people and businesses who want to give back to the community. I am so impressed with the research that is done by this organization, particularly on Community Leadership initiatives, such as the Hunger Task Force, which coordinated the work of area food pantries.
From a corporate perspective, setting aside funds at the Community Foundation allows a business like SECURA to fulfill its many obligations to our community in both good times and bad. In the insurance industry, not all years are profitable, often caused by weather events out of our control. But in good years and in bad years, the fund set up by SECURA at the Community Foundation continues to support the many wonderful nonprofits in our community.
John Bykowski is chairman, president and CEO of SECURA Insurance and a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation.