Wendy Neufeld to retire as executive director of the Abbotsford Community Foundation – Abbotsford News

Wendy Neufeld will retire as CEO of the Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) in early 2023 after six years at the helm.

The ACF Board of Directors said in a press release that Neufeld provided “exceptional leadership” during his tenure, which has enabled the ACF to become a “significantly stronger and more relevant organization” at Abbotsford.

When Neufeld first joined the ACF, the foundation’s invested assets were just over $10 million. Today, thanks to generous donors and Neufeld’s stewardship, those assets have grown to more than $18 million.

Last year, the foundation distributed more than $1.4 million in scholarships and funding to local charities.

Additionally, the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund will provide more than $4 million in relief to individuals, farms and businesses impacted by the November 2021 disaster. Grants are expected to exceed $1.1 million this year.

Donations have increased steadily over the past five years. In 2021 alone, donors donated $1.8 million to newly created endowment funds, along with contributions to existing funds.

Neufeld’s accomplishments include establishing a volunteer marketing and communications committee in 2018, which has increased ACF’s online presence and improved communication with donors and the community at large, the board said. ‘administration.

She created a six-year succession plan for the board, which positioned the ACF to have “capable and committed leadership into the future”, the board added.

“The ACF has benefited greatly from Wendy’s incredible work ethic and her ability to engage positively with people and organizations who want to help improve Abbotsford.

Neufeld plans to continue residing in Abbotsford while spending time in the Okanagan.

The search for the next CEO will begin shortly with the goal of being selected by this fall.

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