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I was truly humbled to be named president and CEO of the Community Foundation earlier this year. It is an honor to lead this organization during such an extraordinary time in our history and to build on the legacy of generosity, compassion, vision and aspiration that so many before me have provided this Foundation.
During my eight years at the Community Foundation, I’ve seen the difference that donors and nonprofit partners make in the lives of those living and working in our region. In the past year, I’ve also gained a heightened appreciation of the importance of looking at our own organization and how we listen, learn and deepen our understanding of the barriers that keep our community from working for everyone.
The tragic events that devastated our community during the summer of 2017 have left wounds and surfaced trauma from which we are still recovering. These events also brought to the public consciousness a greater awareness of the long-standing inequities and structures of exclusion that are inconsistent with our collective vision of a thriving region that works for all people. At the Foundation, we have felt compelled to take a deeper look at how we serve our area and how we are responding to what we learn. We are committed to a continued journey of self-reflection, education and refinement.
In the pages that follow, you will learn about ways that your Foundation is listening and growing. This work is possible only because of the supporters and friends who have built this organization during the past 50 years. I owe a debt of gratitude to my predecessors John Redick and Anne Scott, who, along with many dedicated volunteers, helped prepare the Foundation for the path we are on today.
Thank you for being a part of this community that is striving to transform our region in positive ways. It is a privilege to be your Community Foundation, and we look forward to continuing our journey with all of you in the years ahead.
President and CEO
Days before being named President and CEO of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Brennan Gould spoke about the extraordinary challenges Charlottesville and the Foundation faced after the hatred and violence of August 2017.