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Community foundation adds new board members, Woodward and Salmon

FALLBROOK – Community foundations in the United States share a unique number: 1%. Generally speaking, only 1% of all registered nonprofits in the U.S. are community foundations, therefore not all cities or regions have the benefit of a community foundation.

Fallbrook and Bonsall are the beneficiaries of visionary leaders who created Legacy Endowment Community Foundation almost 30 years ago, filling the role of creating community good from a donor's long-term charitable intentions as well as managing the investment funds for many area's agency/nonprofit organizations.

"Community foundations fill a specialized role in serving a donor's charitable intentions and are also able to help nonprofits grow their unrestricted, undesignated funds through investments," Jean Larsen, executive director of Legacy Endowment Community Foundation, said. "Susan Woodward, CPA, and Howard Salmon are joining a dynamic board of directors who focus on creating heightened awareness and understanding of our community value. I feel confident their expertise and leadership will help expand Legacy's growth, value proposition and continue to fulfill strategic plans."

Woodward has been serving the Fallbrook and Greater San Diego North County area for more than 34 years through her professional CPA accounting firm, helping individuals and businesses with superior accounting and tax preparation services.

She is known for her wise counsel, sound decision-making and dedication to providing clients with personalized services covering an array of financial needs and tax processes. When not working with her clients, her extracurricular interests are playing the piano or tennis, and in 2022, she participated on Legacy Endowment's Grants Committee.

"Volunteering to take part in making a difference in people's lives is highly rewarding." Woodward said. "I joined Legacy's Grants Committee last fall and it made me aware of how my perspective and knowledge sharing could become part of the process to move generous grants into the hands of organizations who care for our community's most fragile members such as seniors, disabled and/or developmentally challenged children and veterans. I wanted to continue that experience at a higher level to help grow our fundraising and grant making capabilities so we can provide more hope and opportunities for those living in my community."

Salmon's career spans more than four decades of health care leadership, management and consulting with a distinguished list of previous positions benefiting hospital and health care systems as local as Fallbrook and far-ranging as Saudi Arabia. His extensive experience in strategic planning, and development of financial, quality and statistical data solutions are a hallmark of Howard's expertise.

A fulltime Fallbrook resident who still takes on consulting projects for certain companies from time to time, Salmon now enjoys focusing time on his civic leadership, which is certainly to the benefit of the North County nonprofit and community service organizations.

"Legacy Endowment Community Foundation is a wonderful organization that carries out various philanthropic missions of our community members," Salmon said. "I share in Legacy's passion of serving others and am looking forward to aiding in their growth, finding greater ways to positively impact our north county region. My decades of leadership roles, consulting and various board positions have afforded me a comprehensive view as to the role so many nonprofits play in saving, improving and uplifting the lives of others. When asked, I knew I was considering an incredibly exciting opportunity to become part of the process that helps give back in the area in a truly significant way."

Board chair Rachel Mason said she was thrilled with these recent board additions, noting that she has known Woodward for more than four years and Salmon for more than seven. Most recently, Salmon was chair of the Fallbrook Regional Health District's board of directors where she is the CEO. Salmon served on the district's board for more than eight years.

"I have the deepest respect for both of these individuals for so many wonderful reasons, starting with their integrity and depth of character," Mason said. "Both bring different viewpoints obtained in their respective backgrounds and careers; however, they are singularly united in wanting to drive community good to the forefront, especially when knowing that they will be helping to create sustainable and perpetual charitable resources for nonprofits, thereby improving economic indicators of community vibrancy and health. Besides all of this, they are simply fun and engaging people who have our area's best interests at heart."

Larsen said, "Howard and Susan will add core strengths to our current board dynamics, bringing another layer of advancements to the table. I know each will find ways to take their interests to the next level while advocating for Legacy's vast resources in planned gift options and grant-making abilities."

Created by individuals, families, nonprofits and businesses who share a passion for the Fallbrook/Bonsall region, Legacy Endowment Community Foundation has granted more than $10.5 million in charitable support since its founding in 1994.

Its donor-centric stewardship responsibilities focus on having a safe, productive investment shelter that makes scholarship awards and charitable contributions, even during challenging times. For nonprofit agencies, Legacy Endowment Community Foundation manages and grows undesignated donor contributions, fulfilling UPMIFA compliance.

For more information, visit the website or contact their office at 760-941-8646.

Submitted by Legacy Endowment Community Foundation.


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