“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society” Vince Lombardi
Throughout 2012-2013, our greatest asset – our donors – contributed more than $6 million to benefit organizations in Southern Arizona and beyond. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the staff of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), we thank and acknowledge you for the difference you make every day through your generosity.
The greatest responsibility of the Community Foundation is to connect donors like you to causes you care about, from literacy, to end-of-life support services, to foster care and much more. In 2012-2013, we began to develop more cross sector collaborations to ensure our donors’ dollars are getting the highest return on investment. We also completed a needs analysis of the community that concluded we must plan our path together.
Multiple opportunities exist for our region to move forward:
- We must take better care of our children. Forty percent of children in Arizona live in single parent homes. In Pima County, the child poverty rate is over 20%, and in Santa Cruz County the rate has topped 40%. Poverty affects the entire community and no one organization or sector can address all the demands. Our future competitiveness will be determined by the way we develop cross sector collaboration to combat poverty.
- We must take care of our elderly. In 20 years, 40% of Pima County’s population will be over 50 years old. Our aging population is and will become more of an economic and civic driver in our region and we must engage them in the development of our shared future.
- We must celebrate the arts and promote our diverse population. One third of the population speaks a language other than English at home. Our region is renowned for its rich cultural diversity. we need to celebrate uniqueness, partner with and promote our multilingual organizations and population to help drive our economic development.
Collaboration not only leverages scarce financial resources in our community, it sparks our diverse intellectual potential to address our common challenges. Please learn more about how we have had measurable impact by visiting our website at cfsaz.org.
We applaud organizations that are fostering community inclusion and collaboration. We challenge our community to adopt this single unifying vision for our future. It is not only our best path forward, it is at the heart of what makes our community a special place to work, live and raise a family.
Together, as a community, we can continue inspiring others to make a difference, now and forever.Nancy Davis Clint Mabie 2012 – 13 Chair, Board of Trustees President and CEO, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona