Voices of change
cat•a•lyst, n. a person or thing that precipitates an event or change
Joe U. Posner, one of Rochester Area Community Foundation’s founders, was that kind of person. When he talked about charitable giving and its impact, he reminded people that only concerned citizens, by donations of time and money, could actually solve social problems.
The philanthropists pictured at right are some of our community’s best examples of catalysts for community change. For that reason, they and a handful of others were honored with our Joe U. Posner Founders Award over the years.
For them, playing a role in making positive changes in our community is just what they have always done and continue to do. “Being charitable is significant to being a complete person,” says Bruce B. Bates. But fitting philanthropy into your life isn’t always easy. “It takes real courage to sit down and determine what is of value and what kind of philanthropy will guide the future of both parents and children,” say Sally and Benn Forsyth.
The key to truly making a difference in our community lies within each of us. Joe Briggs believes that this quality is absorbed by a person over time. “Those who reject this trait are missing a great deal of satisfaction — even joy — from helping others,” he says. Don’t miss out. Join us and the philanthropists featured below in becoming catalysts for community change.