As the calendar turns to 2024, I am filled with immense gratitude and a sense of accomplishment for what we, the Lenawee community, have achieved together. It is with a heart full of thanks that I reach out to every individual, donor, and volunteer who has been part of the Lenawee Community Foundation’s journey this past year.
2023 was a remarkable year for our community’s Foundation, marked by significant milestones that have furthered our mission to connect people who care with causes that matter. Our Foundation’s impact is a direct reflection of the generosity and spirit of the people of Lenawee – a community characterized by its friendly, caring way of life.
We witnessed the profound impact of collective giving with the opening of the Canopy Walk at Hidden Lake Gardens, supported in part by our Community Project Fund. Similarly, the completion of the Kiwanis Trail extension, also supported in part by a Community Project Fund, has provided a scenic and accessible route for our community to connect and stay active.
Legacies were honored last year, supporting our veterans through the establishment of The Stanley Endowment, and bringing the joy of music and nature to many through the TCA Music Park, thanks to the Robert & Albert Ward Todd Endowment.
2023 was also a year of organizational growth. We welcomed new leadership, myself included, and in partnership with donors, LCF significantly grew the Lenawee Health, Happiness, and Hope Fund, securing a $1 million dollar-for-dollar match towards our $2 million goal. This initiative is a testament to LCF’s commitment to respond to immediate needs while preparing for future opportunities across Lenawee.
As we look ahead to 2024, let’s continue to embody the spirit of giving and collaboration. Every gift, no matter the size, creates ripples of change that extend far beyond its initial impact. Our collective efforts in philanthropy are not just about financial contributions; they are about the shared commitment to uplift, support, and transform our community.
I am immensely proud to be part of the Lenawee Community Foundation and even prouder of the community we serve. Together, let’s build on our achievements and continue to bring health, happiness, and hope to our community, now and forever.
Here’s to a new year filled with promise, continued collaboration, and the unwavering spirit of Lenawee! Every gift matters, and so does every member of our community. May 2024 be a year of prosperity, joy, and continued success for all.
Bronna Kahle serves as the President & CEO of the Lenawee Community Foundation. Your Community Foundation partners with individuals, corporations, and organizations to fulfill their charitable goals and dreams for Lenawee. For information about how your business, any group, your family, or you can help build a better community for today and forever, call 517.263.4696, contact firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit lenaweecf.com.