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Foundation celebrates National Community Foundation Week

Today marks the beginning of the 31st Annual National Community Foundation Week. This celebration was instituted by former President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, to celebrate the work community foundations accomplish throughout the country.

Marietta Community Foundation, the only foundation that serves all of Washington County, is using this year’s celebration to do what they do every week of the year… help their community.

Although this year’s celebrations will look different than they have in the past due to COVID-19, the Foundation is not allowing the obstacles the pandemic presents to detract from what National Community Foundation Week represents.

“We look forward to this week every year,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of the Foundation. “Sure, we get to draw focus to what we do in the community, but we don’t use this week to pat ourselves on the back… we focus our celebrations through serving our community.”

The Foundations events include:

¯ 2020 Annual Nonprofit Challenge, sponsored by Superior Toyota Hyundai: Nov. 2-17.

¯ Local nonprofits will compete in a toy drive for the Washington County Angel Tree Program.

¯ Daily updates on the standings will be announced during NCFW.

¯ Winners will be announced via Facebook Live at Superior Toyota Hyundai Nov. 18 at noon.

¯ Annual Awards: Friday at 10 a.m.

¯ The Foundation will announce its annual awards for Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year (Individual/Family), Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year (Business), and Nonprofit of the Year.

¯ Professional Advisor Seminar, in partnership with the Economic Round Table: Nov. 17 at noon.

¯ Professional Advisors in Washington County are invited to tune in to an Economic Round Table virtual seminar for free.

¯ The first 50 professional advisors to register and attend the event will receive $10 in Marietta Bucks to purchase a lunch on their own.

National Community Foundation Week begins today and ends Nov. 18, however, the Foundation is beginning a major event, their Annual Nonprofit Challenge, Monday, Nov. 2. Local nonprofits will compete in a toy drive for top prizes totaling thousands of dollars. The remaining events will take place during the normal dates established 31 years ago.

“Does this year’s celebration look like it did when we first began 2020?” asked Allender. “No, but that’s the best thing about the Foundation… we adapt quickly and we continue to keep our community’s best interest at the forefront. Whether we are increasing awareness of what we do in Washington County, supporting nonprofits through a contest, or helping our local professional advisors increase their knowledge to better serve their client base, we are always focused on making our community better!”

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