by Admin in Foundation News,Giving
Donna L. Longhouse, an attorney and shareholder in the Tax, Trusts and Estates Practice Group of Allen Dell, P.A., began her two-year term as Chair of the Board of Trustees on July 1. We asked her three questions about her relationship with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB).
1. How did you get involved with CFTB and what has kept you engaged?
My first exposure to CFTB probably was a meeting with former President & CEO George Baxter in the late '90s or early 2000s (and many more thereafter), then through the Professional Advisor Committee lunches.
My hands-on involvement was many years ago when I was on the Joshua House board and we were raising funds to take advantage of the matching opportunity CFTB offered for an agency establishing a new endowment fund with new donations. Joshua House was the first nonprofit to be awarded a matching grant under the program. Dottie Berger (MacKinnon) was spearheading that effort so we reached our goal in the blink of an eye!
I loved the idea of enabling local nonprofits to strengthen or create their endowment through the matching grant program. As my career progressed, more opportunities arose for me to help nonprofits (like the Florida Orchestra) and individuals incorporate CFTB in their endowment planning and lifetime charitable giving. I was impressed by the people involved in CFTB and how it was governed. I was very excited when first given the opportunity to join the Board of Trustees.
2. What do you think is the most important impact the Foundation has in our community?
CFTB touches every part of our broader Tampa Bay community through individual donors and nonprofits, and convening all these parties for the purpose of accomplishing their important charitable work, resulting in a positive impact on all aspects of our local communities.
3. What are you looking forward to during your term as Chair?
I look forward to reengaging existing donors and new donors, introducing them to charitable opportunities they might not know exist, and helping them achieve their philanthropic goals. I also look forward to building on results we have achieved in reaching more donors and agencies and bringing them together. Finally, I want to make sure we continue the progress we have made in the various initiatives we have been involved in.
Other officers for FY2017 are:
Betty Castor, Chair Elect
Bob Mohr, Treasurer
Susanna Grady, Secretary
Patricia Douglas, Past Chair