A Message from the Desk of Randy Sweeney
For more than 20 years, it has been my honor and privilege to serve as the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s executive director. I am writing to let you know I will be retiring from that capacity within the next 10 months. For many personal reasons, this just seems like the right time. I am grateful for the trust placed in me but now, there are new grandchildren to love and new travels to take.
I can say with pride and in all honesty, this Foundation is a gem – a diamond – a truly amazing gift to the community! Established in 1978 by forward-thinking individuals who understood what it means to live and work in Chautauqua County, it continues to touch the lives of countless people, organizations, and municipalities.
The generosity of unselfish individuals who, by their planning and foresight, make it a priority to leave a legacy of “giving back” is a hallmark of the Foundation. When I began my term as executive director, its resources totaled $30.4 million with 256 funds.
Today, assets, encompassing 710 individual funds, are close to $86 million. In addition, I have had the great good fortune to work with some amazing staff. They were and continue to be one of the Foundation’s primary assets; I simply could not do my job without them. Their willingness to step in at a moment’s notice, take care of all the details, and support me over the years with grace and good humor is something I will always cherish.
I also owe a debt of gratitude to all Foundation volunteers, including the Executive Board, committee members, and individuals who shared their time and talents to make it successful. Thank you and thank you, again.
Leaving this organization is bittersweet. It has been my privilege to meet and get to know many wonderful people in Chautauqua County. To be part of your lives and see with my own eyes the Foundation’s positive impact on them is rewarding beyond measure. To each person, I offer my sincerest appreciation for making my life richer and fuller.
With that, I leave the Community Foundation in good hands and am thoroughly excited for its future, knowing the best is yet to come.
Randall J. Sweeney