1. Was the Coburg Community Foundation created by the City of Coburg?
CCF was created by a group of local residents who identified a need for a local nonprofit to assist the community. CCF founders and current board members are Leah Claypool, Michelle Sunia, Nanci McKibben, Jen Mosier, and Jeanne Schapper. The City has been supportive of the development of CCF as the mayor and council realize the potential benefit of a community foundation, but CCF was not created by any government entity.
2. Does CCF only support the Coburg Community Charter School?
Our names do sound alike, but our missions are totally separate. The school has its own fundraising group (PCS), which continues to support students in various ways. CCF has partnered with the school for some events and will continue to help as needed, but CCF exists to serve the whole community.
3. Is CCF only for certain people?
CCF is a grassroots organization that serves the entire community. We are just starting out, and therefore, our structure is pretty small. As CCF grows, more opportunities to become involved will develop. As the organization develops, we hope to create some action teams around things that are important to the community and get as many people excited and involved as possible. We haven’t made a big call for volunteers because we don’t have much hands-on stuff ready to do yet, but your input and questions are always welcome. And as soon as we are ready for more hands, we will get the word out.
4. Are foundations private organizations?
Some types of foundations are private. They might be established by a single family, such as The Ford Family Foundation. Many foundations are not private but are public charities that exist to serve a specific group or geographical region. A community foundation can act as a community piggy bank to pool community resources. Community foundations also can create endowments to sustain services though difficult economic times, provide a way for individuals and families to invest in their community at whatever level they can, and act as an umbrella to protect and nurture other groups and activities in the community that shares the foundation’s mission.