CERF+ CELEBRATES ENDOWMENT GIFT FROM THE WINDGATE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
The Board of Directors of CERF+ – the Artists Safety Net announced earlier in the month that the organization has received a $2 million endowment gift from the Windgate Foundation, the largest gift in CERF+’s 34-year history. This endowment, which is managed for CERF+ by the Arkansas Community Foundation, will provide an annual grant to help underwrite CERF+’s administrative expenses in perpetuity and, thus, support the organization’s mission to help artists working in craft disciplines build strong and sustainable careers.
“CERF+ is immensely grateful to the Windgate Foundation for their generosity to CERF+ and to our programs that directly serve artists,” says Reed McMillan, Chair of the CERF+ Board of Directors. “This endowment adds a new chapter to the Foundation’s legacy of support for CERF+ assuring that our programs and services will be around for future generations of artists.”
CERF+ PARTICIPATES IN CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE ACTION NETWORK ON POST-DISASTER RECOVERY IN PUERTO RICO
CERF+ executive director, Cornelia Carey recently returned from the third convening of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Action Network brings together leaders in government, business, and civil society to develop strategies and solutions to address hurricane recovery needs facing the Caribbean, while laying the foundation for a more resilient future.
At the meeting, participants discussed the current recovery efforts in the region, progress to date, and ongoing challenges. Commitments to Action were also announced, which are specific and measurable projects that address critical issues such as food security, access to health care, small business support, sustainable tourism, and renewable energy. During the two-day gathering, President Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton moderated three plenary sessions focused on sustaining momentum for building resiliency in the region, creating opportunities for and empowering youth, and strengthening the future of the Caribbean economy.