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May 6, 2016
Dear GCYF Community,
We are pleased to provide an update on our progress in shifting GCYF from a formal affinity group to a more dynamic funders’ network structure. As planned, we closed GCYF’s virtual office on December 31, 2015 and moved forward with the legal process of dissolving the corporation. We also worked diligently to fulfill GCYF’s commitments, which include meeting our financial obligations and successfully accomplishing all outstanding grant obligations. With the assistance of our two dedicated pro bono attorneys from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, we have filed the dissolution paperwork.
We have also continued to work with Nagle & Associates to establish the informal CYF funder network structure and, once the dissolution process is completed, we will transfer GCYF’s modest remaining assets to cover the initial cost to activate the new funder network. We anticipate the announcement of the network will be ready to be unveiled in a few weeks. Be watching your email for exciting news of what we have planned, how we will stay connected, and the impact that we can have together.
The GCYF board offers its deep appreciation to our membership and friends for their support over the last 30 years, and we look forward to continuing our important work in 2016 on behalf of vulnerable children, youth and families.
With highest regard,
Marilee Dal Pra, Vice Chair, Vice President of Programs, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Phoenix, AZ
Beverly Buck, Secretary, Trustee, The Aloha Foundation, Denver, CO
Lynda Parmely, Treasurer, Program Director, Hagedorn Foundation, Roslyn, NY
Sara Slaughter, Executive Director, W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, Oak Park, IL
January 6, 2016
Dear GCYF Community,
Over the past year, we have explored the possibility of evolving GCYF from a formal affinity group to a more dynamic funders’ network structure. We engaged Nagle & Associates, a national philanthropic consulting firm, to take a careful look at the needs and desires of our members and to identify critical issues that you, as a funder community, want to actively tackle together. We found that GCYF members and others value a forum for working collaboratively on critical issues facing children, youth and families and see opportunities to be more creative in our approaches to this work.
The feedback we received from the field convinced us that a more flexible network approach was the right direction for GCYF moving forward and that our current affinity group model is not financially feasible to sustain the work. Armed with that knowledge, the board has taken action to dissolve the nonprofit corporation at the end of the 2015 membership year. We will continue to work with Nagle & Associates to establish a new CYF funder network structure and will keep you apprised of our progress.
As you can imagine, there will be several changes as a result of moving forward with the decision to legally dissolve the corporation. We have been working on a transition plan with the expectation of closing GCYF’s virtual office as of December 31, 2015. We will continue to communicate with you via email notifications and the website. GCYF’s transition from a legal corporation to informal network is expected to take several months as we fulfill our outstanding grant obligations, conduct a financial review for FY2015, and transfer assets to cover the initial cost to establish the new funder network structure.
Rest assured, there are several things that will not change. As GCYF transitions to a nimble, sustainable network approach, it will retain its core values and multi-dimensional approach to the issues facing our most vulnerable children, youth and families. While of course we will notify you once legal action is taken to dissolve the corporation, we hope you share our excitement about the opportunity to work together in new ways on behalf of children, youth and families. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact any GCYF board member.
The GCYF board offers its deep appreciation to our membership and friends for their support over the last 30 years, and we wish you all a joyous holiday season. We look forward to engaging and partnering with you in 2016!
With highest regard,
GCYF Board of Directors
Marilee Dal Pra, Vice Chair
Vice President of Programs, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Phoenix, AZ
Beverly Buck, Secretary
Trustee, The Aloha Foundation, Denver, CO
Program Director, Hagedorn Foundation, Port Washington, NY
Executive Director, W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, Oak Park, IL
GCYF 2015 Annual Report
GCYF’s 2015 programming provided grantmakers with the opportunity to gain a more thorough understanding of the issues affecting children, youth, and families and fostered opportunities for collaboration across population groups, and local, regional, and national sectors. Grantmakers who participated in our learning events gained access to the expertise of their colleagues and others through webinars, conference calls, publications, learning summits, and other activities. Read the 2015 Annual Report to learn more about 2015 programming.