About GAR

Mission & Vision

The Mission of the Foundation is “to strengthen communities in our region through discerning and creative support of worthy organizations.”

Our Guiding Principles are:

  • Honor the preferences and values of founders Galen and Ruth Roush.
  • Identify needs in the region and pursue strategies to address those needs.
  • Strive for excellence.
  • Communicate honestly, directly, and respectfully.
  • Cultivate and encourage collaboration.
  • Contribute to the growth of knowledge and competence in the charitable community.
  • Consider the perspectives and promote the talents of all members of the community.

GAR's Strategic Priorities


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