Mission, Values, & History

In many ways, the Foundation’s mission and values are intertwined with those of our community. As a philanthropic organization with a broad community focus, we witness our values being practiced on a daily basis – among community members, students, businesses and nonprofits just to name a few. Collaborative partnerships among these stakeholders continue to propel our community forward through the many challenges that we face.

OUR MISSION:

To invest in our community by making philanthropy and its benefits available to all.

OUR VALUES:

The Foundation's efforts are inspired by four core values:

  • Generosity - to support sharing in all its forms, linking resources with ideas that improve community life.
  • Inclusion - To embrace the contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Integrity - To operate with respect, honesty, accountability, and fairness to all.
  • Excellence - To aspire to the highest standards in everything we do.

OUR HISTORY:

The Foundation was established in 1919 by Col. Francis Fries with a gift of $1,000, and at the end of 2013 our assets totaled approximately $358 million.  Our community's rich philanthropic legacy is intertwined with that of the Foundation, and is a direct result of the generosity, inclusion, integrity and excellence bestowed by so many community members.  Here are links to more specific information on the Foundation’s historyasset history and key milestones.

 
 


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