Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 27, 2013

Forum: The new science of giving


As the single largest gift given to the Community Foundation, Cleo’s gift is significant. As importantly, though, is that Cleo joins many other donors who have entrusted more than 20 years of giving to our communities through the Community Foundation.

Cleo is no longer with us, but she will continue to help young kids and the Central Lake community each and every year. Cleo’s story is about a legacy for the kids and community she loved. This is the core of what we mean when we say the Community Foundation is the place where a donor’s wish lives, forever. This is the heart of philanthropy — creating the change in the world that has generational impact.

About the author: Phil Ellis is Executive Director of the Community Foundation. The foundation serves Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties and is committed to improving the quality of life of our region by partnering with generous donors to build permanent resources, by striving to award meaningful grants for community projects and programs, and by engaging in community leadership. For more information, visit or call (231) 935-4066.

About the forum: The forum is a periodic column of opinion written by Record-Eagle readers in their areas of expertise. Submissions of 500 words or less may be made by emailing Please include biographical information and a photo.

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