With a mix of sadness and gratitude, the Putnam County Community Foundation Board of Directors must share Brandon Wells’ resignation as Executive Director of the Community Foundation, effective February 16, 2022.
“We are very grateful to Brandon for his dedicated service to Putnam County and the Putnam County Community Foundation,” said Jeff McCall, President of the Community Foundation.
During Brandon’s tenure, the Putnam County Community Foundation’s assets grew to a historic high of $43 million, and annual grantmaking exceeded $1 million. He oversaw the new website launch, ultimately increasing awareness of the organization’s programs and services, and established the Community Foundation’s current strategic plan. In addition, Brandon led the Community Foundation’s relief efforts through the pandemic, positioning the organization to be resilient and adaptable, enhancing its support through its emergency response grants. The Community Foundation awarded 39 grants totaling more than $168,000 to nonprofits and other charitable initiatives to respond to the long-term needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Brandon leaves the Putnam County Community Foundation well-positioned to continue serving Putnam County,” said Jeff McCall. “He will be missed by the staff, Board, volunteers, donors, and supporters alike. We look forward to following the success of his career and are excited for the future of the Putnam County Community Foundation as we carry on the important work to enrich life and strengthen community.”
“The Putnam County Community Foundation does an extraordinary amount of good work on behalf of the citizens of Putnam County, and it has been one of the great honors of my life to lead this fine organization in service to our community,” said Brandon. “While leaving can feel bittersweet, I know that the Foundation is in the capable hands of talented staff and a dedicated board that will undoubtedly grow the Foundation to even greater heights. I am proud to have done such important work alongside them.”
At this time, the Executive Committee has begun to meet to discuss the transition process and will be taking the lead on the next steps in the search for the Executive Director position. Additional information will be available in the upcoming weeks.