Laura “Jinny” Loomis, of Ontario, recently stepped down from the Wayne County Community Endowment after serving as a committee member, chairman, co-chairman and supporter since its establishment in 1984.
“Jinny has been instrumental in helping to shape the Endowment’s grantmaking and advocate for its growth,” said David Still, chairman of the Rochester Area Community Foundation board of directors.
Loomis’ experience as a teacher and guidance counselor, supporter of youth and education, and her mission to positively impact the community made her an ideal advisory committee member for the Endowment, which was created by the estate of Jeanette “Nettie” Bullis to support the county’s current and evolving needs.
The all-volunteer advisory committee is comprised of local residents active in the community. It reviews and recommends grant proposals that focus on improving the health, well-being and quality of life for Wayne County residents. The Endowment and its affiliate funds have awarded more than 500 grants totaling $1.2 million.
Loomis was a member of the Community Foundation’s board from 2005 to 2016, and she continues to be an active member of the program/distributions committee. She served as chairman of this committee in 2014-16, which reviews and recommends grants to the Foundation board.