The Woodbury Community Foundation had its beginnings in 2003 as “Friends of Woodbury” when a group of seven concerned citizens took on the task of raising funds to purchase a piano for the City’s new Central Park. The money was raised and the equipment purchased in 2004. During this process, a number of other needs and issues within the community were identified. This resulted in the vision of the group being expanded to include the establishment of a community focused nonprofit foundation.
In 2005 and 2006, the groundwork for this foundation was laid. Articles of Incorporation were drafted, our 501(c)(3) status was approved by the IRS, a mission statement was approved by the Board, and a fundraiser was held to generate revenue for marketing and start-up costs, as well as support initial funding requests.
In addition, more prominent local community leaders were recruited to serve on the Board. These Board Members were drawn from the full spectrum of our community bringing a vast array of knowledge and civic experience to the Board – many of whom have been recognized as Woodbury’s Citizen of the Year by the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce during the past 20 years. Their value lies not only in their knowledge and experience, but also in their commitment to the mission and goals of the Woodbury Community Foundation.
In 2007 the Woodbury Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recognized that in order to expand and grow, they would need professional, paid staff to assist with taking the organization to the next level. With a three-year operations grant in hand from the Otto Bremer Foundation, the Woodbury Community Foundation Board began a search for crucial staff leadership and, in February 2008, welcomed Alisa Rabin Bell as the first Executive Director.
Since then, the Woodbury Community Foundation has expanded its programming and Board to reflect the needs in the community. There are currently 19 Board members and more than 60 active volunteers working to broaden the scope and reach of the Woodbury Community Foundation.