For Immediate Release
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The Arlington Community Foundation salutes first president Charles "Mack" Radigan and early trustees.
Celebration is part of the Campaign for Arlington's campaign to transform Arlington through the power of philanthropy.
September 27, 2011 - The Arlington Community Foundation recently saluted its first president Charles "Mack" Radigan and several of the trustees who served with him.
The special reception held on September 21st was part of a series of events marking the 20th anniversary of the Arlington Communtiy Foundation and the launch of the Foundation's Campaign for Arlington.
The reception was held in the space formerly occupied by the Freedom Forum which was the first location of the ACF board meetings.
ACF founder and President Emeritus, the Honorable William T. Newman, Jr. told the crowd that after coming up with the vision for the Arlington Community Foundation his next step was to find the perfect person to begin the task of creating the formal entity to be known as the Arlington Community Foundation and to establish its board and operations. That person was Mack Radigan. Several of the trustees who served with Mr. Radigan on the early board of trustees were also in attendance including: Leslie Ariail, Peter Arnston, Steve Caruthers, Charles Delashmutt, Hon. Claude Hilton, Don Manning, Lola Reinsch, Sid Simmonds, and Audrey Wyatt. Relatives of the former trustees the late James Albrittain, Fred Burroughs and Evelyn Syphax were also in attendance.
ACF President Jim Whittaker presented a proclamation from the ACF Board of Trustees to Mr. Radigan stating:
Whereas the Arlington Community Foundation is celebrating 20 years of successful philanthropic leadership in the national capital area;
Whereas the Foundation's work has resulted in the distribution of nearly $7 million in grants and scholarships that strengthen our community;
Whereas this success would not have been possible without the leadership and vision of our first Board President, Mr. Charles "Mack" Radigan, who drafted our articles of incorporation, assisted in establishing the Foundation as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, created one of our first scholarship funds, and ably guided the Foundation through its initial years;
The Board of Trustees of the Arlington Community Foundation hereby resolves, on this the 21st day of September, 2011, to express its heartfelt and ongoing gratitude and appreciation for our friend, Mr. Charles "Mack" Radigan.
Campaign for Arlington co-chair Steve Caruthers shared the goals of the Campaign for Arlington and how reaching the goals would impact the Arlington Community. Caruthers and Diane Smith are committee co-chairs for this important campaign. He shared that the
Arlington Community Foundation launched the Campaign for Arlington which has a goal of raising $15 million to increase ACF's ability to make a lasting difference in the lives of those who live and work in Arlington. The Campaign for Arlington is an opportunity to transform Arlington County through the power of philanthropy.
By building its asset base to over $20 million, the Arlington Community Foundation will be able to do the following:
•· Broaden the number and size of grants and scholarships the Foundation makes each year. In fact, it will nearly triple the Foundation's annual impact - from $700,000 to about $2 million. This will significantly increase the Foundation's ability to truly make a difference in the lives of Arlington students and in the work of Arlington organizations.
•· Provide ongoing operating resources for the Foundation, including annual opportunities and ongoing work.
•· Strengthen ACF's ability to be a true philanthropic leader in Arlington, enhancing opportunities to convene community leaders to address unmet needs, to serve as a catalyst for positive change, and to lead important initiatives (e.g., Youth Philanthropy)
•· Reinforce the Foundation's capacity to effectively withstand economic downturns and create a philanthropic endowment that will ensure that the Community Foundation will be here for Arlington in perpetuity.
Founded in 1991, the Arlington Community Foundation is an independent charitable organization that actively promotes, protects and improves the quality of life for those who live or work in Arlington. The Foundation provides philanthropic leadership and raises capital for grants and scholarships to address community needs now and in the future. The Arlington Community Foundation has awarded over $2 million in college scholarships to more than 600 Arlington students and over $4million in grants to nonprofits and schools. For more information on the Arlington Community Foundation please visit our website at www.arlcf.org or call 703.243.4785.