In 1992, a group of local leaders created the Legacy Foundation to serve as a stable source of support to strengthen and build our community. Thirty years later, the organization is still going strong. In 2022, we had the opportunity to reflect while celebrating our 30th Anniversary. Outgoing Board Chair Greg Gordon was recognized for his tireless work through uncharted territory, leading the organization through the “COVID years”. Carolyn Saxton announced her retirement, following nearly 9 years of transformative leadership at Legacy Foundation. This last year was also an exciting time as Legacy Foundation embarked on a new chapter of our journey, while continuing to achieve critical community impact. We are excited to be appointed as new Board Chair and President/CEO at Legacy Foundation, and are thankful for the support and commitment of our partners across Lake County.
Legacy Foundation’s annual report theme for this year is “Building Community.” Community is at the heart of everything we do at the Legacy Foundation. The isolation caused by the COVID pandemic taught us that community is critical to overall well-being. When you build community, you help people become part of something bigger than themselves. Strong communities are always evolving. They aren’t immune from tough circumstances, instead they adapt and become stronger as they cope together. Effective communities embrace diversity, working through differences of opinion to allow for multiple points of view.
John F. Kennedy challenged the nation during his 1961 inauguration address to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” As we think about how to have the biggest impact, we think about all of the changemakers in our local communities. The residents, organizations, leaders, and donors who make a change every day. We challenge each of you to think local and “Ask not what your community can do for you; ask what you can do for your community.” Through this lens, we can begin to see the true impact of “Building Community”.
Our strength as an organization lies in the community. As we begin 2023 and reflect on 2022, we are pleased to share some highlights of our work over the past year. Thank you for being an important part of this journey with us.