THE CONCEPT OF A COMMUNITY FOUNDATION IS AS SIMPLE AS IT IS BRILLIANT.
A community foundation empowers and strengthens the resources already within the community, providing an easy and effective vehicle for people to achieve their charitable dream. Community foundations maximize a donor’s gift through cutting-edge planned giving and sound, pooled investing, all while keeping a finger on the pulse of the community. They solve problems with high impact and thoughtful philanthropy, opening the door for people to come together to address pressing issues, share creative ideas and develop innovative programs.
In short, community foundations build the community they serve by connecting people and resources to build a vision for a better tomorrow.
FOUNDING BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PAUL B. COOK
RICHARD A. DUBOSE
ROBERT R. KIRBY
WADE T. MARKHAM, II
ROBERT F. RABOLD
RONDAL B. SHREWSBURY
MARY LYNN WIGODSKY
The Community Foundation of South Central came into existence as the Bowling Green–Warren County Community Foundation in 1995.
Mayor Johnny Webb convened a committee to research community foundations and present findings. The original committee was Paul Cook, Wade Markham, Ron Shrewsbury and Robert Kirby. From Beckley, West Virginia, Ron Shrewsbury was familiar with Community Foundations and the good they do.
Paul Cook commented on their process. “As a group we knew as the community grew, needs would emerge, and the Foundation would be a lasting resource.”
The recommendation was made, and the Foundation was formed.