Opinion

Ordinary people, extraordinary impact

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Janell Robertson

As the dreary economic news continues, the needs in our communities become ever more obvious. Friends and neighbors struggle to make ends meet. Local businesses face tough financial decisions. Our charitable organizations scramble to serve more people on fewer dollars. 

Does it ever seem overwhelming to you? Sure, billionaires have the means to make a substantial difference with a single charitable gift. But what about the rest of us?

Thankfully, it doesn’t take great wealth to make a great difference. Beginning last Friday, Nov. 12, and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 18, Carroll County Community Foundation is joining with almost 750 Community Foundations across the United States to recognize Community Foundation Week, a celebration of the extraordinary impact ordinary people can make in their communities through philanthropy.

During the week of celebrations, Carroll County Community Foundation will celebrate its own milestone – 20 years of working with donors whose focus is supporting local causes they care about, now and forever. With more than $1.3 million in grants given out these past 20 years from our 47 funds and endowments, your local community foundation is one of the smartest tools you can use to get the most out of your giving.

We credit our Founders, for their wisdom and vision for a brighter future for our area. Where would we be without these grants that have been working throughout the county? We are thankful for our local volunteer board of directors, past and present, for their time and expertise as they guide and direct the local foundation. We are proud of our donors and friends whose partnership and trust we treasure.

These individuals, families and organizations have made gifts, large and small, to our local Community Foundation that will be invested to provide a permanent source of funding for the charitable causes that make up the fabric of our community. Whether your donate now or consider a planned giving donation through your Will or Trust, each tax-deductible charitable dollar will grow and give back year after year — forever.

The beauty of Carroll County Community Foundation, and all Community Foundations, is that virtually no one is excluded from contributing to a community’s betterment. You don’t have to be Bill Gates to give a gift to your community that will make a positive change in the lives of local people.

Through this local foundation, you can become a part of a family of philanthropists working together to make our state a better place. You can partner with others who share your interests to learn about emerging needs and provide the resources to make creative solutions possible. By donating to our Carroll County Giving Tree Endowment, you are growing our grants that support a variety of nonprofits, schools, government agencies, churches, and hospitals addressing issues of critical need as well as arts and education in our county. Just this Fall, we gave out more than $22,000 in grants to 10 nonprofits working right here to address food insecurity, healthcare, childhood literacy and prescription assistance, as well as domestic violence issues and a student mentoring program.

Together, we can build a bright future for our community through the power of giving. You can put your resources to work for Berryville, Eureka Springs, Green Forest and our rural areas through Carroll County Community Foundation. Now’s the time to begin your philanthropic legacy. Let us know how we can help.

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Janell Robertson is executive director of the Carroll County Community Foundation.