Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF) is pleased to announce recent additions to the team by welcoming Justin Brand, Director of Community Engagement, and Trisha Rodriguez, Program Coordinator.

Brand joins CCF with a focus on “Connecting People with Causes that Matter” by retaining, developing and collaborating with members of the community to address the needs and opportunities of our local nonprofit organizations and by strengthening relationships between community members, nonprofits, volunteers, donors and those interested in learning more about how they can continue to and/or become more philanthropic in their community.

Brand’s knowledge of the community and his ability to keep his finger on the pulse of Charlotte County will be helpful in the growth of philanthropy through CCF to our community. “The most exciting element of this position for me is that I know each and every day, no matter what I do, will have made a difference in the legacy of an individual that will continue to benefit Charlotte County for years to come.”

Trisha Rodriguez also joined the Charlotte Community Foundation as the Program Coordinator with a focus on Community Investment Grants, Scholarships and Foundation Workshops. Her background in Human Services will benefit and support the missions of several nonprofits by way of educational resources such as workshops and conferences. This will also include facilitation of tours, volunteer needs, and continued monetary support through the Community Investment Grants process. Additionally, Rodriguez will work with local students in pursuing their educational endeavors by way of Scholarships for both Higher Education and Skilled Trade. My experience in nonprofits reminds me of a Maya Angelou quote and one I’ve chosen to live by, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“While CCF had a transitional period throughout 2018, we recognized this to be a time where we worked harder, more diligently and effectively to create a framework for our Foundation to serve alongside our local nonprofit organizations and community members, and look forward to what will become a transformational future for all of Charlotte County. We are ecstatic to welcome Justin and Trisha to balance our already dedicated and extremely passionate staff.” said Ashley Maher, Executive Director for CCF. Coming in the New Year, the Foundation will be offering many opportunities to learn about the needs of Charlotte County and how the Foundation can act as the catalyst to bridge the gap.

Every 2nd Thursday of the month, Charlotte Community Foundation will be hosting Mix and Mingle opportunities at F.M. Don’s from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for community members to learn about the great work that is happening at the Foundation and in our community by meeting other likeminded philanthropists and local nonprofit organizations.

On the 4th Wednesday and Thursday of each month, Charlotte Community Foundation will be offering tours of local nonprofit organizations to those interested in not only learning about but also seeing first-hand the work and continued needs of these nonprofits.