Woodbury Community Foundation Began
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 November 2009, our Basic Needs Task Force commissioned local social service and research experts Wilder Research to conduct a Community Needs survey in Woodbury.
It was mailed to 4,000 households (approximate total of 21,000 households in Woodbury). Our goal was to obtain at least a 10% response rate. Incentives were offered by several local businesses resulting in an exceptional response rate of more than 900 surveys (about 24%).[/tab] 1 In 2010, we released the results of the Wilder Research Survey in Woodbury.
Four key areas were driving the direction of the Woodbury Community Foundation: YOUTH, JOBS, HOUSING, & FOOD.