Some people struggle with how to define philanthropy. It might be easier just to study Helen Lane, who has been practicing and promoting philanthropy in Jacksonville for decades.
Helen and her late husband Edward connected with The Community Foundation in the 1980’s. Ed, who was chairman of the board of Atlantic National Bank (later Wells Fargo), helped steer The Community Foundation in those early years as a member of the Finance and Grantmaking Committees. Helen followed in Ed’s footsteps, serving on the Board of Trustees from 1999-2006. Ed passed away in 2004, and Helen has continued to work tirelessly in support of the arts and cultural community, the St. Johns River, health resources, and historic preservation.
The Community Foundation has helped us discover so many ways that we can give back to our community. They have done the research and the hard work to identify deserving organizations, and that has let us enjoy our giving even more. – Helen Lane