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Vicki Brackens

I remember how important it was for me in my professional journey to get that first ‘yes.’ I wanted to give other budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to get on the right path, and I knew the Community Foundation could help me figure out a way to do it.

My dad always told me that the best way to eat an elephant was one piece at a time. The Community Foundation helped me to formulate a plan, one piece of which was opening the Jelly Bean Angel Fund for Innovation. This fund supports programs that bring together entrepreneurs and academic institutions to develop innovative ideas. I am able to grow this fund over time and take advantage of the Community Foundation’s resources and community knowledge.

I firmly believe that entrepreneurship is fundamental to a thriving community. The Community Foundation helped me turn my big ideas and passion into a concrete program that makes a difference in this area. 


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