The mission of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation is:
"Connecting people who care with causes that matter to enrich the quality of life in the Marshfield area."
But what does that mean?
We believe our mission reflects our role as an active agent of change in the community, seeking to identify local charitable needs and working to address them.
If you break the mission statement down, it implies two sets of activities related to a single goal. The first activity is communicating with and attracting “people who care.” Care about what? Care about assuring that the area served by the Marshfield Area Community Foundation offers the greatest potential for everyone who lives here, from those with ample resources to those with significant needs.
The community is filled with people who care, people who want to make this a better place to live. The Foundation’s job is to communicate with those people to let them know how we can help them make a difference. Part of our job is to find out what these people may care about specifically and to inform them of the options the Foundation can provide in fulfilling their caring priorities.
Another part of our job (and the second set of activities) is identifying the “causes that matter” in our community. Where are the greatest needs? Are there pressing health concerns? Is the environment in need of attention? Are there public recreational needs that should be addressed? Is the arts community in need of assistance? Are there educational priorities that have not been adequately met? The Foundation is constantly assessing local needs so that we may direct our limited resources to those that are considered most vital. We also are collaborating with other foundations and agencies that strive to meet local needs so our collected efforts may have the greatest impact and efficiency.
Everything we do as a foundation is driven by our mission statement. If we can succeed in our efforts to “connect,” we will achieve our goal of “enriching the quality of life in the Marshfield area.”