Foundation Responds to Community Needs with Executive Director Hire
November 7, 2016 – The Yellow Springs Community Foundation is proud to announce the hiring of Jeannamarie Cox as its first executive director in its more than 40-year history. As a result of strategic planning, which concluded earlier this year, the Foundation identified three objectives. These are to help strengthen area nonprofits, improve services for donors, and to engage more active citizens to lead and share in improving the quality of life in Yellow Springs and Miami Township.
“There were a number of influences that drove our decision,” said Foundation president, Sterling Wiggins. “Many of our community’s grant recipients are turning to us to support their growth and innovation. Additionally, we are experiencing rising interest among our longstanding donors to provide a more contemporary range of giving options.” In order to meet these community needs, the trustees realized the Foundation needed professional management and leadership. “We have an outstanding administrator, Virgil Hervey,” said Wiggins. “As a part-time staff member, it has become increasingly difficult to keep up with not only the demands on his time for administrative functions but for requests that went beyond his job responsibilities.”
Jeannamarie Cox comes to the Foundation having lived in Yellow Springs for the past 22 years and spent her career in the apparel industry, serving as an executive and business owner. She also has meaningful experience with nonprofit leadership and fund raising, currently serving on several committees and boards including the Little Art Theatre board, leading them through their strategic plan over the past few years. “I am excited to begin this new journey with the Foundation and our community,” said Cox. “My work will focus on delivering our objectives which include strengthening our relationships with our donors and nonprofits while engaging more villagers in the great work being done to improve our quality of life.”
Jeannamarie can be reached via email at email@example.com or at the Foundation office at 937-767-2655.
In the past year, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation with support from our donors has granted 25 organizations more than $239,000 to improve community life in Yellow Springs with great results. The Foundation responded to a record year of Antioch College Miller Fellows requests as well as to the ambitious and exciting plans that the Yellow Springs School District is implementing.
The Yellow Springs Community Foundation is recognized by the State of Ohio as a public charity, focused on local charitable giving and grant making.