This has been a significant year for community foundations. It is the centenary year of the Cleveland Foundation, the world’s first community foundation, established in the USA in Cleveland, Ohio on 2 January 2014. This autumn will see the 20th anniversary of the Banska Bystrica Community Foundation in Slovakia, the first community foundation in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation marked community foundations’ centennial in the US with the gift of a new faculty chair at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, announced on 24 February, believed to be the nation’s first chair focused specifically on studying and teaching about community foundations.
On 28 August, it was announced that Dr Emmett Carson, CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), will be the first Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations. He will be appointed visiting holder for the new chair, and will continue to serve as CEO and president of SVCF during his appointment.