Humans of LCF - Clint Wilson

Jun. 13, 2018

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Author: 
Clint Wilson

My parents were philanthropic, so philanthropy is not new to me, but starting the Wilson Family Foundation at London Community Foundation allows me to explore and give back in ways I never thought possible. I want to carry on their legacy here in London by giving back what I can, and hope eventually that my own children will be inspired to do the same. Although I was born and raised in California, I feel close to London and Canada now, after 25 year here, and more so really every day.

I am, however, fairly new to LCF, and already I like how forward thinking they are here. They have a clear vision of a better London, and know how to mobilize different people, talents, and resources to make our community a better place for all. What I love most is the sense of philanthropic community I feel at London Community Foundation. Funds and donors can join a cause and make a bigger impact, collectively. Being on the Vitality Grants committee also feeds my passion for improving the community we live in as I learn more and more about the needs around us, and the solutions LCF can offer to meet those many needs.

Everyone seems to have a “thing” they are passionate about, a thing they are good at, a thing they support and live for. I am still exploring what my thing is, but I think it might be just that – exploring. There is nothing more rewarding to me than to learn about the different ways of giving to various causes. My wife, for example, was a Chinese immigrant to Canada. Thankfully, I was there to help ease her transition, but it always makes me wonder about others who aren't as fortunate, such as refugees in London today. I‘d like to help ensure that the immigration process for newcomers is just as smooth as it was for Yi. Knowing that they are someone’s family, and knowing I can do something to help make things easier for them, are just some of the reasons I felt prompted to get involved with London Community Foundation.

There is a great need for philanthropists in the uncertain world we live in today - lots of people are struggling in different ways. I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I am able to give back, and I want to do so now so that I can see what people like myself, through LCF, can really accomplish in this community. That, to me, feels like not only a blessing but a mission that I’m happy to take on personally and proudly going forward: to improve our London community for all, and make a positive impact on the world in whatever way I can.