The Board of Directors of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation has elected Laurna Godwin (photo available at http://budurl.com/LaurnaG) Board Chair, effective April 1, 2011. Godwin, co-founder and partner at Vector Communications, a local public engagement and communications consulting firm, will serve a two-year term.
As an objective resource on charitable giving and respected administrator of charitable funds, the Community Foundation helps St. Louisans put charitable dollars to work addressing the issues most important to them. Each year, the Community Foundation makes over $17 million in grants, making it one of the largest grantmakers in the region. The foundation is widely known for its capacity to provide area donors with customized giving tools that address a donors financial as well as charitable giving goals.
An African-American, Godwin will be the first minority to serve as board chair in the Foundation’s 95-year history. “It is an honor to chair this prestigious board,” says Godwin. “I look forward to making our region a better place to live by promoting the importance of giving among all St. Louisans regardless of their age, race or economic status.”
Godwin becomes chair as the Community Foundation has achieved its strongest fiscal position in its entire history. It has nearly $200 million in assets, it annually secures an average of $20 million in contributions and has consistently maintained an operating budget surplus.
The Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States that collectively manage more than $40 billion in assets and distributes some $2 billion a year in grants.