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Please join us as we say thank you to Tiffany McQueen Lewis for her years of service with the Community Foundation as she moves on from her role as Grants Director. We support Tiffany in her decision, as she desires to devote more time to her husband Gerald and three small children. We are grateful for her time and contributions at the Foundation, including her leadership and oversight of various grant programs and scholarship administration.

“Tiffany’s positivity, passionate energy, and devotion to our mission and services in her time on staff made a real difference, “said Dan Templin, Executive Director. “We wish her the best in her next chapter.”

In a recent conversation, we asked Tiffany to share a little about her time on staff. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Community Foundation,” she said. “Professionally, I learned so much about community foundations. I enjoyed being a part of helping residents of the county build a lasting legacy for themselves and their families through the variety of options the Foundation offers. I will miss most the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented team, a dedicated Board, passionate nonprofit staff and volunteers, and generous and committed donors. This role has inspired me to think more about my legacy and how to engage my children and family in philanthropy. I will take this experience and the relationships I’ve built into my next chapter and proudly look back on my time here and the impact we made together!”

One of Tiffany’s most significant accomplishments during her time on staff was implementing a new scholarship platform at the Foundation. The new platform introduces a universal application that allows students to complete one application for multiple scholarship opportunities.

Tiffany continued, “I especially enjoyed overseeing the distribution of the scholarship awards. I started my career over 20 years ago as a high school guidance counselor. I felt like I came full circle. I was still helping students access higher education, but now helping them achieve that impact through donors and philanthropy. It was very fulfilling!”

Tiffany’s last day at the Foundation is Friday, September 3. The Foundation will conduct planning over the next several weeks to determine coverage of grantmaking responsibilities in the years ahead. Any future career opportunities will be posted on the Foundation’s website and communicated publicly.


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