Guest Editorial- Executive Director of the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation

Hello, I'm Theresa Erickson, Executive Director of the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation.  I am here today to tell you how your LOCAL Community Foundation is a driving charitable force in the Pine Belt region.

Many donors want to keep their philanthropic dollars local to enhance the quality of life in the community where they live, work, and raise their families. Community Foundations provide a way to keep assets and resources in the community.

Community Foundations are the fastest growing sector of philanthropy in the US today.

Your local Community Foundation was formed in 1997 and has given over $3 Million to the Pine Belt - all through local donations.

Simply put, your local Community Foundation was created to bring caring people and charitable endeavors together for the betterment of the Pine Belt region.  All gifts to us are tax deductible.

Donors can work with us in several different ways.  We manage many different types of Funds - many of these funds are set up to honor, or in memory of a love one, for their favorite nonprofit, church or school. A Few examples of the way we work include starting An Endowment Fund, A Scholarship Fund.  -- where Students who receive these scholarships can go to any school in the United States -- and a donor Advised Fund.

There are  other ways to work through us as well - bottom-line, we are very flexible and do our best to meet donor's charitable needs.

Donors need to know that you do not have to be wealthy to work with a Foundation.

We thrive because our donors and Partners recognize their gifts enhance their community. To date, we manage over 80 Funds - all for the benefit of nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and charitable causes in the Pine Belt region.

I'm very proud to serve as the Director of our Local Community Foundation.

I welcome your calls and questions.