LESLIE ANDERSON AND VIRGINIA MAY ANDERSON FUND

Established: Apr 06, 2007

Fund Information and History

The Anderson Trust assets of $2.33M, along with trusteeship was transferred to the Solano Community Foundation in April 2007.  When the Leslie Anderson and Virginia May Anderson Fund was established, it became the largest fund ever held by the Foundation.

But the sheer size of this gift is not the only factor that makes it so special.  The Anderson legacy actually dates back to 1969, when Mr. and Mrs. Anderson created a charitable trust in their estate plan.  Leslie, a decorated World War I veteran, and Virginia, his bride had no heirs.  They did have a great affection for the youth of their community, and for Solano County.  Upon Virginia's death in 1989, the Leslie Anderson and Virginia May Anderson Trust was endowed with nearly $500,000.  For 18 years, a local and highly respected trustee and distribution committee fulfilled the couple's legacy by making annual grants to support youth programs. Since 1989, the Fund has disbursed more than $2.5 million in grants.  

Even after meeting all grant disbursement obligations, the Anderson Trust continued to grow. All the while, the youth of Solano County continued to benefit from the generosity of this forward-thinking, community-minded couple.   This is the real meaning of legacy. Each year, four designated grantees received a generous grant to support specific projects and needs.  These awards are, and forever will be made in memory of named Anderson relatives. 

The original Trust also requires the trustee to place flowers on the Anderson's graves and those of nine other family members and close friends on Easter Day, Memorial Day, and Christmas Day. A representative of Solano Community Foundation makes a trip to the Fairfield and Rockville cemeteries on these three holidays to respectfully and gratefully lay fresh flower bouquets on their graves, and the graves of those memorialized - a tradition that will carry on in perpetuity.  

Stephanie Wolf is pictured placing bouquets on Leslie's and Virginia May's graves.

2014 Grants Awarded

BPO Elks USA-Vacaville Lodge #2638, $10,000.00 for education assistance and youth activity programs.  This grant will also help support seniors and veterans program. This is a non-competitive grant made in the name of Leslie Anderson, charter member #146.

Catholic Charities CYO-St. Vincent's School for Boys, $20,000.00 for continued support of the safety refurbishment project for residential houses.  This is a non-competitive grant made in the name of Ambrose Johnson. 

Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, $19,000.00 for continued support to serve uninsured and underinsured children from Solano County requiring emergency room care and hospitalization. This is a non-competitive grant made in memory of Henrietta Murphy Johnson.

NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, $30,000.00 toward the purchase of pediatric trauma center equipment (baby scales, thermometers, and a cardiac monitor). This is a non-competitive grant made in the name of Hans and Carrie Anderson and family.

2013 Grants Awarded

BPO Elks USA-Vacaville Lodge #2638, $8,000.00 in support of: providing assistance to children, seniors and veterans.  This is a non-competitive grant recommended by the Fundholder in the name of Leslie Anderson, charter member #146.

Catholic Charities CYO-St. Vincent's School for Boys, $20,000.00 in support of: the safety refurbishment project for residential houses.  This is a non-competitive grant recommended by the Fundholder in the name of Ambrose Johnson. 

Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, $15,000.00 in support of: providing emergency room care for the needy children from Solano County.  This is a non-competitive grant recommended by the Fundholder in memory of Henrietta Murphy Johnson.

NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, $28,000.00 in support of: acquiring mass transfusion equipment.  This is a non-competitive grant recommended by the Fundholder in the name of Hans and Carrie Anderson and family.

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