The COVID-19 pandemic affirmed what I’ve long believed: Crisis brings out the best in those who truly care about their community – and philanthropy is the place to turn both for immediate help and long-term resiliency. Philanthropy creates hope for those in need, and it creates a stronger connection between those who give and our community, whether it is at a time of immediate crisis or as we work on solutions to long-term problems.
The Community Foundation is an ally, an advocate and a connector. We’re convenors and matchmakers for donors looking for a cause to support, community leaders working to solve a complex issue, business leaders wanting to strengthen their corporate giving, or someone desiring to volunteer time and talents.
Philanthropy is an investment in our community. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects “investors” and other leaders in order to tackle our region’s most pressing issues. We’ve been in the Tampa Bay area decades, and we’re continuously evaluating ways to make our community stronger, through projects like the Regional Competitiveness Report, and aligning with people who are best equipped to address the issues.
The creative, innovative thinkers who are making exciting developments in the Tampa Bay business world are assets when it comes to philanthropy and creative solutions to community issues. Philanthropy can be a great vehicle to become connected. Our community is open to new ideas, is creative, and has many who care about continuous improvement.
I’m optimistic on the future of philanthropy in our area because of these innovative thinkers and doers. We can create positive changes by engaging more people. I encourage every local resident – especially entrepreneurs, business owners, people who are early in their careers, and retirees – to find a way to get involved and give back. Philanthropy is simply good business.