David Erickson is a busy man. In addition to farming and running a farm management business, he has served in leadership positions on boards and associations at the local, state, and national level. He believes in the importance of sharing your time and talent. “It’s not a lifetime commitment, but you can make a lifetime impact on an organization by being involved with it.”
So when Erickson was asked to join the Galesburg Community Foundation Board of Directors, it was an opportunity he was happy to accept. “The Foundation finds ways to retain and build resources for the good of the local community. I’d never done anything quite like that before, so it had some real appeal to me.”
Erickson joined the board five years ago and was named chairman at its recent February board meeting. He steps into the role previously held by Dr. John McClean, who stepped down after completing his term as chair. In addition to Erickson and McClean, other members of the Community Foundation Board of Directors include Dr. Brian Plattner (vice chairman), Carol Shaw (secretary), Lisa Gavin (treasurer), Dustin Courson, Dr. Subbia Jagannathan, Chad Long, Cynthia Stoerzbach, Dr. Adam Welty, and Jamie Yemm.
Erickson enjoys working with the other members of the board and staff. “The Foundation has always had a strong staff to carry out the activities of the organization, but the board really helps direct the thought process and overall strategy of how we move forward. I think that’s a way to have a real impact on the future of the community–by helping direct that vision of where we’re going to go and how we’re going to get there.”
During his tenure, Erickson would like to see the region that the Community Foundation serves grow. “I’d like for people to understand that we’re much broader than the ‘Galesburg’ that’s in our title. We serve nonprofits throughout Knox and Warren counties, and I’d like to take it further.”
He’d also like to spread the message that any sort of contribution you can give toward your community is important. “It’s not about the amount of money, but the fact that you can give back in any way that you’re able.”
Erickson sees the Community Foundation as a place where you can leave a legacy. “Whether it’s through your work, through your gifts, or by helping others identify ways to give, Galesburg Community Foundation offers opportunities to have an impact now and in the future.”