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Notes from John’s Desk – May 2013

Posted by admin | On: Apr 30 2013 | Comments (0)
By John R. Mecklenburg +++ I want to take a few moments to thank Zion Development and Nancy Johnson (and her sister, Natalie Willis), for their selection of The SwedishAmerican Foundation as their 2013 recipient of the Chester W. Anderson Civic Hero Award. The...

Summertime in SwedishAmericanville

Posted by admin | On: Apr 04 2013 | Comments (0)
With the Spring sunshine, finally, melting the winter snows, The Foundation is planning our neighborhood improvement efforts for this summer in SwedishAmericanville. Time flies when the weather gets warm. Before we know it, we’ll be looking at the coming...

Neighborhood Revitalization

Posted by admin | On: Feb 04 2013 | Comments (1)
By John R. Mecklenburg, CFRE Executive Vice President & CEO I had the opportunity to speak to the Downtown Rotary Club in January, outlining the entirety of The Foundation’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project. In retrospect, I was a bit surprised at how...

Happy New Year!

Posted by admin | On: Jan 16 2013 | Comments (3)
By John R. Mecklenburg, CFRE Executive Vice President & CEO Happy New Year! As we contemplate the snow covering our northern Illinois cityscape and countryside and before we plunge into a new year of challenges, problems, needs and duties, let’s take a...

70 1/2 ? Lower Your Taxes for 2012!

Posted by admin | On: Jan 09 2013 | Comments (2)
By John R. Mecklenburg, CFRE Executive Vice President It’s not very often that you can make a financial move in mid-January of one year and have it lower your taxes for the PREVIOUS year! This month…the bell is ringing! (For certain taxpayers.) If you are over...

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Posted by admin | On: Jan 03 2013 | Comments (0)
By John R. Mecklenburg, CFRE Executive Vice President & CEO     The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is now law…and Americans will be scrambling for the next month or better trying to figure out what the new tax law means to them and to their...

“Swedish-Inspired” House Sold!

Posted by admin | On: Dec 18 2012 | Comments (2)
By John R. Mecklenburg, CFRE Executive Vice President   The “Swedish-Inspired” house that The Foundation has been working on for the past three years has been sold and a SwedishAmerican family will be in their new home for Christmas! The story...

Is It A Wonderful Life?

Posted by admin | On: Dec 14 2012 | Comments (0)
By John R. Mecklenburg, CFRE Executive Vice President & CEO   This week Kathy and I had the opportunity to experience Scrooge, the musical, on the live stage.  Honestly, it’s a wonderful rendition of A Christmas Carol, complete with rousing songs,...

Year-End Giving

Posted by admin | On: Dec 11 2012 | Comments (1)
By John R. Mecklenburg, CFRE Executive Vice President & CEO   Year-end is only twenty days away…just three weeks to make those last minute, year-end gifts to the organizations that are making a difference in your world, this year (and receive credit...

New tax thoughts for donors in 2013?

Posted by admin | On: Nov 29 2012 | Comments (11)
By John R. Mecklenburg, CFRE Executive Vice President & CEO   With everyone concentrating on the “fiscal cliff” that’s looming for America in January 2013 unless Congress takes some action on the budget and taxes, very little is being...