When I joined SVCF as the new chief donor experience and engagement officer in August, much of my first week was spent – as with any new job – on internal work, learning systems, procedures and logistics. But, thankfully, one of my first official responsibilities was to attend the annual Legacy Luncheon, an event that celebrates the generosity of our Legacy Society members.
That luncheon, held at Holbrook-Palmer Park, was a powerful reminder of how deeply personal philanthropy can be and how important SVCF’s commitment to customer service is to so many of our donors. As the newcomer, I got to enjoy watching Emmett greet members with his contagious enthusiasm. I listened to stories about a wide range of causes donors care about, such as building a school in Guatemala, and heard firsthand from one of the local nonprofits, Sacred Heart Community Service, that has benefited from the support of SVCF. As I remarked afterwards, I wish we could have Legacy Luncheon every week!
The day provided great context and inspiration for me as I start this new role. In just a few weeks, I have been introduced to the wide variety of donors we have the privilege to work with, and have seen how strong the relationships are among SVCF staff and our family of donors. It’s my challenge to expand and improve the ways we connect with philanthropists, and I am confident that with the help of SVCF’s dedicated donor engagement team, we can make our service to this community even more stellar.
I’m looking forward to meeting many more donors and community partners in the coming months, and to becoming steeped in the local issues facing the Bay Area. I encourage you to contact me with questions, comments or simply to say hello. Thank you for the warm welcome I have received.