In 1998, Madison County natives Harold J. and Hilda L. Anderson donated $1 million to the Foundationís unrestricted fund. Although this remains the largest single gift in the history of our organization, the generous amount is only part of the story.
At the Foundation, we work passionately to improve the quality of life for everyone in Madison County. We do that through philanthropy, the nurturing and careful redispersement of funds to support areas in need from our community. This work requires collaboration, selflessness, and generosity to significantly impact our community for the good. We also recognize that this takes servant leaders in our community, the often overlooked individuals who pour their lives and spirits into improving our county. Bobbette Snyder is one of those individuals who has been actively engaged in our community and found a way to inspire generations of new servant leaders in the community.
As the executive director of the Leadership Academy of Madison County, Bobbette served our community for over 22 years by helping distinguished individuals in our community learn more about the seen and unseen needs and challenges in our community. This happned through intentional and structured dialogues, hands-on learning and experiential analysis of Madison County. Since its inception in 1981, the LAMC has graduated over 1,300+ individuals that have gone through the evolving program and have taken the challenge of being a servant leader head on. Members of the Foundation's board, city officials, non-profit and business executives as well as many other community members have participated in this great program. Under Bobbette's leadership, the LAMC expanded and now has the Youth Leadership Academy to engage our young people in Madison County so that they can see the challenges that exist, and also so they can envision how they can be part of the solution.
Sally DeVoe, executive director, had this to say about Bobbette,
"Bobbette Snyder personifies servant leadership. She is, always has been and will continue to be good and do good for Madison County. We are fortunate to count her among our “friends of the foundation”. Her retirement marks a new beginning for her, but we are sure she will find many “projects” to adopt and efforts to promote. She is so deserving of all the honors she had received."
Upon Bobbette's announcement of her retirement, the board of directors for the LAMC expressed their desire to establish a fund through the Madison County Community Foundation, in Bobbette's name, to support the on-going work of the organization that she so passionately served. To that end, the "Bobbette Snyder Fund for the Leadership Academy of Madison County" has been established and it is available to any and all community members who would like to recognize Bobbette's passsionate service and support the continued work of the Leadership Academy of Madison County.
For those who are interested, a link to our giving page is available HERE, and on our homepage under the "Make a Gift" link, for anyone who wishes to make a gift in honor of Bobbette.
From all of us at the Foundation, we are sincerely thankful for Bobbette and the impact she has made in our community and wish her well in all that she pursues.