The Greater Pike Community Foundation has announced two recent appointments to its board of directors, Rebecca Lindsey and Karen Haycox.
“These new directors bring a wealth of expertise and leadership experience to our team,” said board chair Jim Pedranti. “We are pleased they will help Greater Pike continue to fulfill its mission of facilitating community philanthropy.”
Lindsey practiced law full time for 20 years and currently does pro bono work for charitable organizations. She is no stranger to Milford or to philanthropy in Pike County, as she has served on the boards of several local nonprofits, including the Pike County Public Library and Green Trees Early Learning Center. She has also been a supporter of the Milford Readers & Writers Festival, the Milford Enhancement Committee, and the Newton Hospital Foundation.
Lindsey said private philanthropy plays an important role in this country. “Not everybody can help, but those of us who have that luxury should,” she said. “Greater Pike can leverage quantity to make more of a difference and conduct the due diligence of vetting the nonprofits that receive grants.”
Lindsey and her family are Milford residents. “We’ve enjoyed being part of this community and hope that by participating as a Greater Pike Foundation board member, the Foundation will continue to make the community even stronger than it is,” she said.
As CEO of Habitat for Humanity in New York City, Karen Haycox has a good deal of experience in the nonprofit world, covering corporate, individual and foundation giving.
“I knew about the work of Greater Pike Community Foundation and followed it with interest,” said Haycox, who hopes “to engage contributors and spread awareness to new constituencies about how they may partner with the Foundation.”
From her work with various organizations, she is also in a great position to help allocate funds to the most deserving nonprofits.
Haycox splits her time between Jersey City and a home in Shohola, with the latter venue becoming more compelling and potentially permanent.
“It’s a perfect balance to life in New York City,” she said. “It suits my soul to be out in the woods with my dog.”
She is looking forward to her involvement at Greater Pike. “I feel profoundly honored and grateful to be part of such a great group,” she said. “It’s so important, arguably now more than ever, for each of us to be engaged and responsible in the communities we call home.”
“It’s so important, arguably now more than ever, for each of us to be engaged and responsible in the communities we call home.” Karen Haycox