As this year comes to a close and we prepare for a new year, I am honored to write this letter as the new Executive Director for the Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF).

It seems the only constant for CCF has been change and, while that may seem daunting to some, our team has embraced these changes as opportunities. We see these opportunities as a way to focus on our future by concentrating on the measures that matter, our impact rather than our asset size.

For us, this means new leadership, a new team and a new culture from our Board that provides us with guidance to be forward thinking and to let go of the past which cannot be changed, and to create solutions for the future. CCF proudly welcomes Suzanne Herron – Chief Financial Officer, Justin Brand – Director of Community Engagement, Trisha Rodriguez – Programs Coordinator and Georganna Dodd – Administrative Assistant. This new team is joined by Merry Bise – Office Manager and me, Ashley Maher – Executive Director.

With our new team in place we got to work. We recognized we were missing some actionable steps within CCF’s framework (communicating, convening, collaborating, and connecting). When these four C’s are combined that the fifth C–competition, competition is eliminated and a community, your Community is created.

When any one of the four C’s are missing, we have nothing. So our team has actively been working with our community’s nonprofits to identify their needs, their barriers and their adversities to allow us the opportunity to share with you, our community, and to fulfill our mission of “connecting people who care with causes that matter.”

Connecting people who care with causes that matter meant providing over $134,000 in Higher Education Scholarships to local students – our largest and most successful year yet. CCF has also nearly doubled the amount awarded to local nonprofits through our Community Investment Grants process by distributing funds to 15 local and diverse agencies – because you of you! Additionally, CCF increased Agency Funds by over a quarter million dollars and provided financial assistance through our Hand-Up Grant (HUG) to over 35 families in our community.

These achievements provide new opportunities requiring more dedicated, focused hard work to be achieved in 2019 – and we cannot do this without you. We hope as this year comes to a close you will consider CCF in your end-of-year giving to allow us to show our commitment to Charlotte County and to continue the impact of being able to connect people who care with causes that matter. Donations made by December 31st may receive a tax deduction for 2018. We also hope you will join us in the New Year as we expand our education efforts in the needs of our neighbors by attending our monthly mix and mingles as well as monthly tours of local nonprofits.

It is truly with great pride that I thank you for allowing the Charlotte Community Foundation to serve you and our community for many, many, many years to come.

Thank you, Charlotte County!


Ashley Maher
Executive Director
Charlotte Community Foundation

Ashley Maher
CCF Executive Director

Nonprofit Visits 2019
January 23 & 24
February 27 & 28
March 27 & 28
April 24 & 25
September 25 & 26
October 23 & 24
November | Speed Giving
December | To Be Arranged

Mix & Mingle Dates 2019
F.M. Don’s | 3pm – 4:30pm
January 10
February 14
March 14
April 11
May 9
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 12


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