For many reasons, it’s a new day for the National Cristina Foundation.
For its entire 35-year existence, NCF has been powered by the generosity of its co-founder, Dr. Bruce McMahan. Even after his 2017 passing, his generosity continues to fuel our work, and will for decades to come. Dr. McMahan had the foresight to make an extraordinary gift of real estate to NCF during his living years, and that asset has recently sold. The result is an endowment that will provide NCF with annual revenue that will help fund the day-to-day operation of the Foundation.
On June 10, I began my tenure as NCF’s new Executive Director. Outgoing Executive Director Dr. Bud Rizer, having completed a long, successful run leading the organization, is headed towards a much-deserved retirement. Bud’s work, together with the small-but-mighty staff team and our passionate Board of Directors, has put NCF on a rock-solid foundation. I am so grateful and fortunate to be joining co-founder Dr. Yvette Marrin and this amazing team at a truly exciting moment in NCF’s organizational journey.
The work of closing the digital divide, advocating for technology re-use/proper recycling, and using tech to empower those in need is absolutely critical, and we have big aspirations: To maintain and improve our technological backbone, expand awareness nationally, establish new corporate relationships and collegial alliances, and build technological service platforms that will help support our nonprofit partners around the country. In the coming months, we’ll be working towards building a fundraising program to engage individual donors, grant makers and corporate partners with our work. We’ll also be expanding our Board of Directors and strategically adding staff resources to ensure that NCF is on a path of ever-increasing impact.
We do all of this with YOU in mind. Wider reach, more awareness and more corporate partnerships will result in more donated tech equipment that you can put to work for your constituents. After all, lifting people up and helping those in need to reach their full potential is why we’re all in this fight.
Thanks for being part of the National Cristina Foundation community, and for the hard work you contribute to your own community, too. I’m honored to be a part of it, and I look forward to working with you. I’d love to hear from you; feel free to reach out to say hello anytime.