Who We Are
The Pennies from Heaven Foundation believes in the power of the "we" mindset realizing community is a family and we are all in this together.
Instead of asking, "what's in it for me" Pennies from Heaven asks, "what's in it for we"?
Pennies From Heaven tackles the greatest needs head-on and works to build bridges that help all households have the ability to achieve self-sufficiency and the opportunity to thrive.
A Letter from the Executive Director:
I have the privilege of serving as the Executive Director of The Pennies from Heaven Foundation. What is the Pennies from Heaven Foundation? We are a place-based family foundation with a mission to address the greatest needs of our community. Why? Because it is our community too.
2020 has been full of many unexpected obstacles and challenges, the effects of which we might not fully understand for years to come. If you are facing economic insecurities, whether the loss of a job or your business is struggling, we hear you. If you are facing new challenges in attempting to work or learn remotely, we see you. If you are facing social and emotional challenges we understand. As a working mom of two myself, I had my long days at home during the stay home order too. Collectively we are more anxious, worried, uncertain, afraid, and lonely than before. You are not alone in these feelings. But each of us is strong, and we are stronger together.
In all of this uncertainty, I witnessed courage, compassion, empathy, and kindness shine brilliantly through the dark days. I saw numerous random acts of kindness. I saw the support for essential workers, small businesses, and High School graduates. I saw generosity, kindness, and empathy. Even in our own individual uncertainty, we, as a community, have put our best foot forward.
At Pennies from Heaven, we frequently take a step back, listen, learn, and reevaluate what the greatest needs are and how we can help. If there was a time to do that, it is right now. What are our community’s greatest needs? Or to frame it in a way fitting of the time we are in - what is essential? Consistently in our conversations, the same three needs rise to the top of all our lists: Internet Connection, Childcare, and Housing. These three issues affect our ability to thrive as a community. Access to Safe, Affordable, and Quality Internet, Childcare, and Housing are essential to us all.
With this being said, Pennies from Heaven will be focusing our resources on making a difference in those three areas for our grant opportunities this year. We are looking for strong community leaders to make a difference and be a Changemaker. We acknowledge that we do not have all the answers. We know that we can not solve these issues alone. But what makes Mason County strong, what makes us thrive, is the ability to come together to solve our most pressing issues so that every resident has an equal opportunity to access the internet, childcare, and housing. We are committed to focusing our time, our energy, and our resources to help make a difference.
Be well and be kind,
Having been blessed with success, the Wilson family is committed to giving back to the community in ways that embrace the "we" mindset. Through their involvement with the community foundation, John and Anita Wilson realized they could do more and in 2012, Pennies from Heaven was formed.
The following values define our promise to the community we serve.