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Ten Years of Gratitude For YOU, Our Generous Donors


After ten wonderful years, CBF Executive Director Donn Cook says goodbye: to a community and an organization that she was honored to have worked with and for.


Ten years! That's how long I've been serving the Columbia Basin Foundation and thus the people of Grant, Adams and Lincoln Counties. And, now...with a heavy heart I say goodbye.

I am so grateful for the amazing people I have met in nonprofit organizations throughout the foundation service area. You all make such a difference in our little corner of the world. Keep up the good fight.

I am so grateful to the amazing donors who, with generous hearts and philanthropic spirits, gave of their time and treasure to create funds to make lives better. Many donors added a bequest in their wills to create a fund in the future while others did so during their lifetimes. Many donors created scholarship funds to help students go to college and attain their dreams. Some donors have created designated endowment funds to support the nonprofits they hold dear by providing an annual income to those nonprofits forever. And still others have created donor advised funds, organizations have created agency endowments and small groups of people have created special project funds to further their goals.

It was Margaret Mead who said, "never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." I have seen that in action up close and personal during my tenure here and it has been awe-inspiring.

You all mean the world to me. I have made many great friendships with nonprofit leaders. I have made very personal connections to many donors I have worked with over the years. I will never forget your contributions to my life and will carry you with me.

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries; without them humanity cannot survive." - Dalai Lama

Take care of yourselves and each other.

-- Donn Cook

Tags: Columbia Basin Foundation, philanthropy, community foundation