John Vasconcellos is retiring after many years as a banking and non-profit executive, and five remarkable years as president of the SouthCoast Community Foundation.

During Vasconcellos's tenure with the Community Foundation, the organization's assets have increased from $30 million to $50 million, and its annual distributions have gone from just under $3 million to $9 million.

If you have ever tried to raise money, you probably know how hard that can be. That's what makes the job done by Vasconcellos and his staff all the more remarkable.

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The SouthCoast Community Foundation supports non-profit organizations in more than 40 communities, including those in Greater New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Brockton and on Cape Cod, and its track record has been impressive.

In the past year, the foundation has supported programs in education, the arts, scholarships, economic development and COVID-19-related projects.

Vasconcellos has also established a Leadership Equity Fund to help boost people of color into leadership positions within non-profit organizations.

During his Townsquare Sunday interview, Vasconcellos said work at the foundation was the "best job he's ever had," but now he's ready to step back and see what retirement feels like. You can bet it won't be the last time we see John Vasconcellos on the public stage.

His Townsquare Sunday interview can be heard here:

Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard Sunday mornings on 1420 WBSM. Program segments can also be heard on wbsm.com and the WBSM app.

The program highlights individuals and organizations that are working to make Greater New Bedford and Fall River a better place to live.

If you would like to have your organization featured on Townsquare Sunday, please e-mail the host at jim.phillips@townsquaremedia.com.

SouthCoast Experiences to Consider Gifting This Holiday Season

I propose that this holiday season, we spend a little extra time thinking about what experiences our loved ones would appreciate. Now is the time to consider how they enjoy spending their time and ask yourself how your gift can help them with their interests and hobbies. If the kids in your life already have a room full of toys, consider memories filled with love, fun, and excitement to be the better option this holiday season. Bonus points if it's something that allows you and your loved one to spend time together.