BY WHAT AUTHORITY ARE YOU ORGANIZING THE FOUNDATION WITHOUT COMMUNITY INPUT?

BY WHAT AUTHORITY ARE YOU ORGANIZING THE FOUNDATION WITHOUT COMMUNITY INPUT?

We don’t understand the question, because the successor foundation is absolutely not being organized without community input.  Regardless, we do completely agree with the critical need for community input. That’s why we have established so many different ways for the community to engage.

You seem to be asking why organizing the specific structure and leadership of the Foundation is the responsibility of the Mission Health Board.  Only the Mission Health Board has the legal authority and fiduciary responsibility to make those decisions on behalf of the community.  It’s always important to note that each Mission Health Board member is a local member of our community. Each volunteers his or her time because they care deeply about our community and that commitment governs all of their decision-making.  Board members receive no pay or other financial benefit for their service.  It is a labor of love.

Finally, the opportunity for input and suggestions will continue for a very long time.  The activity associated with creating and later operating the new foundation will be a deliberate, multi-year process.  The foundation is far too important to western North Carolina to be developed without thoughtful consideration, education about other conversion foundations, necessary approvals for operation and more. It will take time to develop the staff and infra-structure required for the foundation.  Further, carefully assessing the strengths and the needs of all communities within our region to discern how the foundation may help each community in the most impactful and sensitive manner will also take considerable time.  Eventually and continuously, the foundation will prioritize funding needs based upon local community input and guidance, identify strategies to address each community’s needs and seeking partnerships with other non-profits and community members to do so.  There is considerable time for that work because funding of approved initiatives is likely to begin no earlier than 2020.