QU2 2015 President's Message

President's Message

It is said that transitions are difficult, perhaps because they bring unwelcome change. But what if they were considered a natural stage of growth? The start of a healthy transformation? 

That’s how we’re seeing things here at Berkshire Taconic since my announcement that I’ll step down as president by the end of this year. After 16-plus years, it’s time for a change for me and it’s a great time for change for the foundation. All of us—board, staff and fundholders—are holding firm to the vision of a strong, vigorous foundation led by someone with deep integrity, compassion for our communities and the wisdom and energy to help bring about the next phase of community transformation.  

Our search committee is hard at work reviewing resumes and interviewing, while our search firm recruits and vets applicants from around the country. Board and staff interviews with finalists will happen in September. Our new CEO will be announced later in the fall. 

Meanwhile, the staff and I are fully engaged in moving forward, having just completed two years of planning. Our plates are full and more assets arrive weekly, which means more grants to individuals and nonprofits. 

We are embracing change, because we know we will all learn from it and be renewed by it. We look forward to supporting you and are so grateful for the privilege and thrill of doing this good work together.

Have a wonderful summer and please stay in touch!

Warm regards,
Jennifer