The Taylor Family Foundation recently named executive director Angie Carmignani as the nonprofit's new CEO, tasking the longtime administrator with leading the Livermore-based organization into its fourth decade of operations.
With the promotion annouced by Elaine Taylor -- founder and chair of The Taylor Family Foundation Board of Directors -- during the nonprofit's annual Day in the Park fundraiser in August, Carmignani said she is eager to continue the founders' mission to help at-risk youth as well as those suffering from life-threatening and chronic illnesses.
"Barry and Elaine Taylor's core vision began with the wellness of children. And today, we will continue their dream to care for medically fragile children in northern California," Carmignani said in a statement. "In preparation for our fourth decade, reflecting back our beginnings will be a key part of our future."
Founded with a particular focus on providing summer camp experiences for children with HIV/AIDS, today the Taylor Family Foundation provides camping experiences for more than 3,000 young people a year at no cost to their families.
The foundation has also been able to expand services to children who are developmentally disabled, are grieving from the loss of a close family member or suffer from a variety of illnesses.
Carmignani is a longtime member of the Taylor foundation team, having started working with the nonprofit in 2001 as an operations director. In that capacity, she helped manage camp programs, assisted in camp construction projects, and focused on day-to-day management of camp operations.
In 2009 she took over the role of executive director, where through fundraising and community outreach she helped oversee the foundation grow to 32 camp program sessions with 40 nonprofit partners.
As executive director, Carmignani was able to expand the foundation's wellness programs to include 100% organic produce at Camp Arroyo, the Barry Taylor Scholarship, urgent need funding and Sibshop -- a support program for siblings of individuals with disabilities, according to foundation staff.
In 2013 Carmignani also launched the foundation's music therapy program, which through partnering with Wells Fargo and Sophie's Choice not only provides music therapy for kids at camp but also services pediatric units at four Bay Area hospitals.
Carmignani has also served as board secretary, which foundation officials say is vitally important in ensuring the board operates effectively.
In other foundation news, during the nonprofit's 29th annual Day in the Park fundraiser event, members of the community donated more than $1 million to help fund the foundation's camp and wellness programs.