The following is a transcript of ULI Foundation Chairman Stephen Quazzo’s remarks at the 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas, Texas.
Throughout this meeting, there has been an emphasis on improving the member experience, value, and impact. On getting ULI closer to the members. The ULI Foundation has a key role to play in this. That’s because the Foundation connects members to ULI.
The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of ULI and was established in 1971 for the sole purpose of supporting ULI’s mission. For 45 years, member gifts to the Foundation have delivered the programs and services that provide a great member experience and great member value.
One of the main sources of Foundation support for ULI is the Annual Fund. Gifts to the Fund support an expansive range of programs, from UrbanPlan to Advisory Service Panels to Building Healthy Places. In short, the Fund supports programs that make a difference. Programs that lead to better communities now, and for generations to come. If you have already contributed to the Fund this year, I thank you for your support. If you have not, I urge you to give generously.
Another important source of funding for the Foundation is the Major Gift program. Through major gifts, our members are enabling ULI’s leadership to solve difficult and complex urban issues. A prime example of this is ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, named for its founder, Ron Terwilliger.
Ron’s connection to housing stretches back decades. For 23 years — from 1986 through 2009 – he served as the chief executive of Trammell Crow Residential, and under his leadership, the organization became the nation’s largest developer of multifamily housing.
Ron has always been passionate about affordable housing. As he wound down his highly successful career at Trammell Crow, his advocacy work evolved into a fulltime commitment. He’s made major contributions to Habitat for Humanity International and Enterprise Community Partners. He’s established the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families.
And, he’s made ULI one of his key philanthropic choices. In 2007, he established the Terwilliger Center for Housing with one of the largest gifts ever made to the ULI Foundation. Ron saw in ULI a way to raise the visibility of affordable and workforce housing as an urban priority.
Ron’s investment in ULI is supporting work that addresses the affordable housing shortage in this country. Each year, the Terwilliger Center recognizes affordable and workforce housing communities that are making an impact. These are the projects that are often financially complicated to pull together, but at the same time, the most inspiring to complete.
Now, it’s my pleasure to welcome Ron to the stage. He’ll be sharing some exciting news about the latest winners of the Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award and the Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award.