Message from the President
In many ways, 2021 was an extension of the ongoing challenges our community faced in 2020. The pandemic and its new variants refused to go away. Fatigue and weariness set in as our local nonprofits continued to confront challenges often out of their control. Financial pressures, increased service demands, staffing instability, and virtual vs. in-person dilemmas were as persistent as the virus itself.
As we walked alongside our nonprofit partners throughout the year, we discussed these many challenges. We also marveled at their ability to somehow keep going despite never-ending pressure. We asked what fueled their ability to persevere in such difficult circumstances. Not surprisingly, the answer we often heard was, “It’s a calling to serve”. This calling, we learned, is far greater than the most relentless obstacles. It brings them joy and fulfillment, and a sense of purpose. They speak of their organizations’ missions and how it brings hope and opportunity to those they care about. They speak of how their work allows them to witness, first-hand, lives transformed – individuals and families better equipped and empowered to pursue their dreams.
Through 2021, the Memorial Foundation was privileged to invest in 194 of these local nonprofit organizations that continued to pursue their calling to serve against all odds.
Scott S. Perry