Jim Chitwood, former Executive Director, Foundation, Okaloosa-Walton College, and president of CRD in 2005, believes that the Council for Resource Development has a distinguished history of illuminating the philanthropic worthiness of community colleges through its own mission. Through education, advocacy and mentoring, CRD supports professionals and develops leaders engaged in community college resource development. Many leaders in community college resource development owe their professional expertise through the programs and services offered by CRD.
In his honor, The Lighthouse Endowment Fund was established as an irrevocable fund with a founding gift from the 2005 CRD Board Members. The corpus of this fund will be held in perpetuity and only a portion of earnings will be awarded to support national office operatons, program development and member services as identified in CRD's strategic plans. Other earned income from the endowment will be returned to the original corpus to help build the fund. Additional gifts to the endowment have been made in honor of CRD presidents and other friends of CRD. Gifts may be added to the corpus at any time.
A minimum of $10,000 must exist in this endowment before funds will be distributed. The annual income generated must be at least $500 before funds will be awarded. Income will be used to support programs and services directly related to CRD's Strategic Plan.
"One of the best decisions I ever made was joining CRD. When I began my career as the development officer for Panola College in 2001, I had no experience in fundraising. I had a lot of questions, and when I needed help the leadership and members of this organization were more than happy to provide it. Their willingness to take time to help someone they had never met still amazes me to this day, and that is why I am proud to be a member of the CRD."
Dr. Van Patterson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Panola College, TX