By Elizabeth Studebaker Special Correspondent
June 12, 2014
XENIA — An open house and ribbon cutting sponsored by the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning was an opportunity for colleagues, friends from the business community and components of Greene Giving to see Greene County Community Foundation’s new offices at 941 W. Second Street.
“As a growing community foundation, it is important to maintain a central location with good visibility,” said Jerry Sutton, current Greene Giving president. “Our recently approved strategic plan says, ‘Evolve organizational structure to achieve strategic performance measures, establish and maintain financial sustainability and increase visibility.’ ”
Greene Giving has sincerely appreciated a decade-plus relationship with Greene County, but technology is changing the way a community foundation manages its communication and endowments with donors. Through technology, Greene Giving is enabling its components to take control of their communication and get valuable data.
The Foundation is the creator of a “technology platform” with Dean Pension Consultants in Beavercreek among many innovations in public/private collaboration to philanthropy.
“Greene Giving has reached a critical juncture in growth and maturation as an organization,” Sutton said. “The financial parameters and number of transactions underlying our success, underscore the conclusion: Greene Giving must change and change the way it does business to meet the philanthropic needs of the region. Over the next couple years, we will roll out other details. However, as an example of a change deemed essential, we made the move.”
Appreciation goes to Jane Newton, through Newton Property Management, for access to her building; to Toyzanne Mason, through her company, The Perduco Group, for a gift-in-kind of technical support, plus an anonymous donor for costs related to hardware and software.
“Since inception, Greene Giving has occupied leased space on Greene Street above the county treasurer’s office. Greene County has been very generous with us, but the space was limited in accessibility, parking and technology,” Sutton said. “The new location is a modern office suite with parking, the ability to accommodate our modern technology needs and the increasing demands for our services.
“Leadership considers the location change to be both exciting and critical to philanthropy in Greene County. We assure you, both challenges and the needs are significant, but we are confident together, we, the citizens of Greene County, can grow to meet the needs and surmount the challenges.”
Greene Giving was founded in 2001 by Fred Gibson, the late Reed Madden, John Saraga and Herman Menapace, retired local hospital executive.
“We had a concept because we had a real opportunity to advance Greene County … to try to help make sure everybody had the chance at a healthy and productive life,” Menapace said.
Madden, long-time Greene County commissioner and insurance executive, had said, “No person has the resources to provide solutions to all the challenges faced by the region today. However by combining the financial and human resources of many individuals Greene Giving can make a significant difference.”
To learn more about GCCF/dba Greene Giving visit www.greenegiving.org, or call 937-458-2063.