Please join us as we say THANK YOU to Charlie McCormick for his time and service on the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Charlie served on the Community Foundation Board as a representative for the Sycamore community, a community that he loves for its spirit, vibrant downtown area, and impressive generosity.
During his time on the Board, Charlie volunteered on a variety of Foundation committees including Finance, Land Use, Community Initiatives, and the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Advisory Committee.
In a recent interview, we asked Charlie to talk through a few of his favorite takeaways from his time on the Board. He responded, “I learned a great deal about storm water and watershed issues. The Land Use committee has taken a long-term perspective in helping communities learn about watersheds and then develop and implement plans to improve control and quality of storm water. With matching funds, we helped local agencies bring federal money into DeKalb County to support these activities. We worked with high schools, NIU, municipalities, water reclamation agencies, and other governmental entities. It truly is a community-wide effort and I’m happy I could play a part in it.”
Other takeaways from committees included the knowledge gained about the financing of community foundations, the breadth of activities and agencies the Foundation supports, a better understanding and appreciation of grant decision making, and the superb skills and knowledge of Foundation staff and board members.
In a final question, we asked Charlie if he had any advice to share with new and future Board members. He went on to say, “Listen and observe intently. There are many needs, activities and policies that have to be understood before a board member can be productive. If you can find the time, serve on multiple committees with divergent purposes. Also, recognize the breadth and diversity of the county and the variability of the needs throughout it.”
Thank you Charlie McCormick for giving of your time, talent, and treasure to DeKalb County. You are a true philanthropist and for that, we are grateful!