Supporting San Jose Parks, Trails, and Recreation Programs
2015 Was A Year of Growth & Transformation for San Jose Parks Foundation
Programs Made Major Impact on the San Jose Community; Funding Increased; Board Grew
As we wind down from the Holiday Season and take a look back at 2015, San Jose Parks Foundation's year was pretty amazing in many ways.
In the fifth full year of operation, San Jose Parks Foundation seemed to elevate further to meet the varied needs of San Jose's City Parks, as the partnership with the City's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) solidified and became more productive than ever.
The Fiscal Agent and Neighborhood Partnerships also strengthened and reached new levels of funding, spinning off some of these young organizations into newly-independent 501(c)(3) nonprofits. We'll still be working in partnership, but they will have a broader, more direct role in raising funds and taking responsibility for their operations.
One partnership continued, that of KaBOOM! and the San Jose Sharks Foundation, which built a new playground in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood. The neighborhood group was spearheaded by the indefatigable Ramona Snyder, who helped to recruit hundreds of volunteers and raised thosuands of dollars. Ramona brought the Campbell Union School District into the mix and it all came together in May.
San Jose Parks Foundation found much stronger footing and moved forward thanks to new Board President Kathy Sutherland, who helped recruit some outstanding new Trustees.
San Jose Parks Foundation produced 30 concerts and added yoga and games to Summer in St. James, transforming the oft neglected park into a beautiful spot for families, especially downtown residents, to enjoy summer evenings.
Having the support of the Knight Foundation, as well as stalwarts PG&E, the City of San Jose, Newleaf Markets, and eBay made the growth productive and meaningful.
We cannot end the year without expressing our thanks to those of you who donated time and money and really solidified San Jose Parks Foundation's standing in the community.
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Parks Foundation Adds New Board Members
San Jose Parks Foundation welcomed four new Board Members at its October Board Meeting, launching a new era in the five-year old nonprofit organization’s history, which Board President Kathy Sutherland identifies as “Parks Foundation 2.0”.
Four dynamic community leaders from different segments of the San Jose community have been added to the Board of Trustees. They are:
Jessica Dena – is a processor/coordinator with National Seating Service. Jessica has extensive experience in special events, a very valuable skill for San Jose Parks.
Juliana Nairouz-Khamis – is an Anthropology Instructor at San Jose City College, and is also very active in parks and community activities in District 10, where she resides.
Tim McRae – is the Senior Energy Director at Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Tim’s knowledge of environmental issues and his experience in advocacy are very important to the foundation’s environmental programs.
Rob Wilkins – works in Real Estate Development at ROEM Corporation. Developers play a key role in funding construction of San Jose Parks and Rob’s knowledge and experience should be a substantial asset to the foundation in this regard.
The October Board of Trustees meeting was held at City Hall and began with a presentation from the City of San Jose’s department of Parks Recreation & Neighborhood Services – Assistant Director Matt Cano and Deputy Director, Recreation & Community Services Division Suzanne Wolf.