The idea of a Lost Tree community foundation was originally conceived in 1981 by a group of residents who recognized the importance of giving back to the local community.
A founding board member wrote, “We are all neighbors, community with community. And, whether or not we are good neighbors, depends upon how we care for each other.” Since that time, the Foundation has grown into a well-respected, valuable local resource that represents the very best qualities of Lost Tree residents – community caring, commitment and a wonderful sense of generosity. Over the years, the Foundation has also served as a role model for other private communities to follow when establishing their own foundations.
Our foundation has compiled a remarkable record of unique grantmaking which is a tribute to hundreds of Lost Tree residents who have given their time, energy, imagination and financial resources to this effort. Because of their vision and commitment, the Foundation has emerged as one of the leading supporters of health and human services in our area. In 1982 the Foundation donated $4,050 to 9 local organizations. Since that time, nearly $40 million has been granted to nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need. In 2018, the Foundation awarded grants totaling nearly $3 million.
Pamela Rue served as the executive director of the Foundation for nearly 30 years. Jillian C. Vukusich joined the Foundation as executive director in 2015, following Pam’s retirement.