On May 10, the York County Community Foundation (YCCF) held its Annual Meeting at Keystone Kidspace in downtown York.
The event, which was attended by almost 200 people, highlighted the work of the Foundation over the past year and updated attendees on the organization’s progress and goal of encouraging transformational philanthropy.
During the evening, YCCF recognized two of its retiring board members, John Bailey and Jack Shorb, for their support and guidance and their valuable perspectives during each of their nine years of service.
YCCF also proudly welcomed two new board of directors, Jody Anderson Leighty and Michelle Hovis.
Jody has been a supporter of the community foundation for several years, helping her clients at Stock and Leader create their legacies with YCCF. Jody also serves on YCCF’s grants distribution committee and is a member of the Foundation’s Professional Advisor Recognition Society.
Before her retirement, Michelle was the executive director of York County Human Services. She also serves as the chair of the Memorial Health Fund board, a supporting organization of YCCF.
Jane Conover, President & CEO of YCCF also welcomed incoming Board Chair, Holly Mayer, who has served on YCCF’s Investment Committee for 14 years, leading the committee as chair and serving on the board for the past 8 years. “Holly’s leadership skills will ensure the Foundation’s work is focused on transformational philanthropy and creating a thriving, vibrant York County,” shared Conover.
In 2021, twenty-five new funds were established at the Community Foundation to carry on their creators’ legacies. By establishing permanently endowed funds, these individuals and organizations have created a path to help sustain nonprofit organizations, helping the York community thrive.
Earlier this year, YCCF launched the THRIVE grant program that will focus on addressing the complex barriers that people face to becoming financially secure. YCCF is collaborating with community partners to remove barriers to economic mobility and help lower-income people build financial security.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote speech by City of York Police Commissioner, Michael Muldrow.
Commissioner Muldrow received a standing ovation for his remarks on the power of positivity and working together as a community. He shared his belief in the ability to make an impact on the lives of everyone you encounter by seeing the good in them and treating them as human beings, rather than burdens to society.
He expressed his hope in a York County that can learn to collaborate with local agencies and organizations to help provide residents with a safe place to live, work, and play – essentially, providing a place to thrive, not just survive. To watch a recording of the event, visit https://youtu.be/xsbwH73xIPs.
YCCF also debuted their newest Annual Report, which gives the community an update on the impactful programs and projects funded through grants from the Community Foundation. To view the 2021 Annual Report, visit https://yccf.org/about-us/annual-report/.
York County Community Foundation creates a vibrant York County by engaging donors, providing community leadership, and investing in high-impact initiatives while building endowment for future generations. York County Community Foundation holds more than 630 endowed funds and assists donors and nonprofits in reaching their charitable goals. The Community Foundation granted $6.5 million in 2021 throughout York County and beyond, and stewards approximately $211 million in assets.