GUERNSEY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HISTORY
On July 9, 1996 the Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation became a reality. It's defined purpose is:
To operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes as a nonprofit corporation with its activities so conducted and for the purposes of making distributions to organizations that qualify as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Seven directors/trustees make up the board, Helen Guernsey, Gary Nelson, Thomas Paulsen, Harold Stever Jr., Robert Wilson, Soo Greiman and Michelle Temeyer.
Twice each year, the trustees consider applications and vote on the granting of funds for worthy causes in the Cedar Valley area.
Board of Directors L-R :Soo Greiman, Harold Strever, Gary Nelson, Helen Guernsey, Michelle Temeyer and Tom Paulsen
By-laws provide directives for election procedures as well as for the number of Trustees on the Board, power of Trustees, and other pertinent information.
Funding officially began in October, 1997 with the first disbursement made to the Community Foundation (the Cedar Valley Promise Fund). Funding continued to grow in 1998 with GCF making 19 grants, disbursing thousands of dollars to organizations and charities. During 1999, the Foundation continued to grow in number and diverse nature of grant disbursements with 29 grants made.
By June 2000 continued growth created the need for a Director for the Foundation and in August, Soo Greiman was hired. Since 2000 the Guernsey Charitable Foundation continues to grow in assets, the number of grants made and the dollar amount dispersed within our communities.