After more than four decades at Wells Fargo, Nancy Goldsmith has embarked on a new adventure at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. Goldsmith, who retired from Wells Fargo last year after 43 years in wealth management, joined CFGRB as a new Philanthropic Advisor.
"I knew when I retired I wanted to give back to the community," said Goldsmith, who lives in Davenport and will work at CFGRB part-time. "This is a great opportunity to work with individuals who are charitably-inclined and would like help setting up funds to complete their philanthropic goals. I'm so pleased to be doing this work."
Goldsmith said her work at the Community Foundation is a smooth transition from Wells Fargo, where she was most recently a relationship manager and often worked with clients who were interested in philanthropy. "I personally believe that people who are blessed with resources should give back," she said. "I'm helping people reach their goals—it feels good for them, and for me."
President and CEO Sherry Ristau said the Community Foundation is fortunate to have Goldsmith join the team. "Her extensive work in wealth management will play a valuable role here as she works with our donors," Ristau said. "Nancy is deeply invested in this community and we are very pleased to have her on staff."
Goldsmith was born and raised in the Quad Cities, and is also looking forward to working for an organization that has transformed her hometown. "There is so much good work going on here," she said.
Her first month has been encouraging. "From day one, everyone on staff—and the donors who I have had the pleasure of meeting—are just very welcoming," she said. "They all have a close relationship and they are hard workers. They're here because they want to help people."
Goldsmith said she's most looking forward to being a voice in the community for CFGRB, which has been focusing on providing more education to the public about the services CFGRB offers. "I'd like to connect with individuals in the community that maybe don't understand what the Community Foundation does," Goldsmith said. "They have a desire to give but they're not sure how."
Working directly with people who want to be purposeful in their giving is exciting. "You meet really wonderful people," she said.
Goldsmith has been married to her husband Stu for 37 years. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is the past president and treasurer of the Davenport Breakfast Lions Club