Greene County Neighborhood Basis govt director publicizes retirement plans native information
After 15 years of service, Greene County’s Community Foundation executive director announced plans to retire later this year.
In a recent press release issued by CFGC, the foundation’s board of directors announced that Bettie Stammerjohn had notified the board of directors that she intended to retire in late October 2021.
“It has been a great honor to be part of CFGC as we have worked with many generous donors and committed nonprofits over the years to serve Greene County, as well as with the best of people and a dedicated board,” said Stammerjohn.
Founded in 2000, CFGC aims to empower Greene County by building charitable foundations, maximizing benefit to donors, providing effective grants, and providing leadership skills to meet community needs.
CFGC Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Hellems said Stammerjohn was hired as part-time managing director in 2006 when CFGC had $ 1.6 million in assets and 27 named foundations. CFGC now manages more than 100 funds valued at more than $ 8 million with just two full-time employees.
“Bettie has done a great job raising awareness of CFGC and the value it brings, not just to donors but to the nonprofits and residents it serves,” Hellems said.
During her tenure, Stammerjohn worked with local donors to raise millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes. She built and oversaw a grant process that has distributed nearly $ 5 million to a variety of charities.
Last year, during the first few weeks of the pandemic, she worked with the Board of Trustees to set up the Greene County Emergency Response Fund to meet organizational and family needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working with Greene County United Way and other local leaders, the Emergency Response Fund raised more than $ 145,000 and awarded grants totaling more than $ 131,000 to 31 organizations serving the county’s residents. The new fund will continue to meet future emergency needs in the county, Hellems said.
Stammerjohn has spearheaded a number of nationwide efforts including the establishment of the Greene Food Security Partnership, Summer Food Program, and Weekend Food Program to address food insecurity among children and families in the county.
Additionally, the Community Builders Nonprofit Leadership Program, which began in 2004, has continued to train new leaders with more than 200 people who have completed the coursework. In 2014, under the leadership of Stammerjohn, CFGC doubled its office space around the Foundation Room, which offers space for non-profit and business meetings, training courses and gatherings.
Stammerjohn said she believes that with strong leadership and community support, CFGC will continue to thrive as a positive initiative for the county.
“CFGC has great leadership looking after Greene County, so I am confident that future leadership will continue to build on our accomplishments,” she said. “When people talk about the good things CFGC is doing in the community, I always find that our work is made possible by the people who give through the foundation to meet local needs. Greene County’s people have very loving hearts. “
According to the press release, a transition team will shortly announce the vacancy and begin a screening of applicants for the position of Executive Director.
Before joining CFGC, Stammerjohn held various positions in non-profit and education management, specializing in resource development, needs assessment, grant management, allocation, and strategic and organizational planning. Previously, she was Director of Development at Bethany College and Director of Planning and Evaluation at Community Action Southwest.
She was also the sole owner of Stammerjohn Consulting, providing strategic planning, community and organizational reviews, and resource development advice for nonprofits and regional organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Shippensburg State College and a Master of Arts in Geography / Community Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.