I like Ben Franklin a lot. He invented things. Like the Franklin Stove and bifocals. He also said cheeky and sage things. Like, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Or, “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” And, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” That last one really works for me. It’s all about my work here in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier County . . . to work with folks who get the value of community saving . . . building permanent endowment that says here at home. Ben got it. He was the first American to create an endowment. He is the guy on the $100 bill.
Local permanent assets mean that our community has a healthy outlook and resources. It enriches our schools, fosters community arts and culture, ensures parks and open space. It means that, as a community, we’re good at offering folks a hand up when it’s needed. Now, today, and in the future. Like Ben said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Community Needs. Community Assets. Let’s follow Ben here in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier County. Piedmont Community Foundation was founded in 1999 and serves Loudoun and northern Fauquier Counties. It provides financial stewardship for almost 30 endowment funds and holds approximately $1.3 million in endowment. Community foundations number more than 700 across America and 29 in Virginia and attract gifts and bequests to benefit local communities to build everlasting endowment.