Welcome, 2017! We are so happy to see you.

The staff and volunteers of the Community Foundation tend to be a pretty good-natured, optimistic group. It seems like that kind of person is naturally drawn to our line of work.

But every five years, we really turn up the volume as we celebrate an anniversary, so get ready for some all-caps.

WE ARE TURNING 45 THIS YEAR!

For anyone who has been following us on social media since 2012, you may recall our 40 Grants in 40 Weeks surprise grantmaking program. That was when Sara Palmer and I (along with help from the board of directors and community) surprised a different grant recipient weekly with a $1,000 award. Each unexpected grant award moment was caught on video and shared with all of you via social media and through a partnership with WETM-TV.

(Here is a link to all those videos in case you missed them the first time around, or if you just want to remember Sara’s changing hairstyles or my embarrassing jazz hands.)

For fans of 40 Grants in 2012, we promise that 2017 WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

We have some brand-new 45th anniversary tricks up our sleeves. If you don’t follow us on Facebook or Instagram yet, this is a great time to make that happen. Keep an eye on our blog, too!

Lastly, flip ahead to NOVEMBER 14 and write 45th ANNIVERSARY GALA on your new Community Foundation calendar.* Our year-long celebration will culminate with a dinner event at the Corning Museum of Glass honoring trend-setting local donors, a very special non-profit partner, and four-and-a-half-decades of forward-looking, community-building, quality-of-life-enhancing philanthropy. You will want to be there.

I’m going to sign off now, before I give away any of our big plans months ahead of schedule. All that is left to say (for now) is 45 IS THE NEW 40!

*You may have read this and wondered, “What calendar?” Our annual report/calendar is mailed to donors who gave $50 or more, non-profit organizations in our four-county area, and professional financial advisors. If you would like one, please send a quick email to Katie  with your mailing address, and we will send one to you right away. It is a beautiful piece featuring local poets and photography. Plus, it is free!