Cotton companies restore and rebuild damaged property. Cotton Foundation complements that work, restoring hope and rebuilding spirits.
The Foundation began with a simple gesture: bringing a donated toy as the “admission price” for the staff Christmas party in 2004. Since then, Cotton Foundation has restored hope to more than 1,200 children and families in nine communities, following tornados, floods, illnesses, and other misfortunes.
Cotton Foundation volunteers are dedicated to remaking communities, and they respond where they see need. They collect and deliver toys to hospitalized children. They rebuild and refinish the homes of veterans. They raise funds to offset medical bills, such as the purchase of a wheelchair for a child with muscular dystrophy. They collect and distribute household items to flood victims. They have raised more than $1 million for Phase I of Taylor’s Place.
Now, in 2019, Cotton is expanding its reach. Cotton Foundation seeks to grow its base of support and forge new relationships. In the spring of 2019, the Foundation hired its first full-time employee, and is now poised to fulfill its mission of restoring hope to more people than ever before.
ABOUT COTTON HOLDINGS
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Cotton Holdings, Inc. is a global, diversified holding company with subsidiaries that provide property restoration and recovery, construction, roofing, consulting, workforce staffing, temporary workforce housing, and culinary services to public and private entities worldwide. Cotton subsidiaries operate throughout North America and internationally under the Cotton Commercial USA, Cotton International, Cotton Roofing, Cotton Logistics, Cotton Culinary, OneLodge, OneRoof, and OneTeam brands.
What is success?
- To laugh often and much
- To win the respect of intelligent people
- To earn the appreciation of critics
- To inspire the affection of children
- To find the best in others
- To leave the world better, one healthy child, one garden patch, one redeemed injustice at a time
Cotton Foundation Director
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Larissa Potiomkin has called Houston home for the past 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College in Ohio and her Master of Music degree from Rice University. Trained as a classical musician, Potiomkin played Second Bassoon in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
For the past 12 years, she has worked in the non-profit sector as both a front-line fundraiser and operational services leader. She began her fundraising career as a Prospect Researcher, eventually taking over the Prospect Management system for one of the nation’s largest opera companies during a five-year comprehensive campaign. Next, she managed a team of seven researchers and managers at a large public university, providing leads that eventually led to the successful completion of a billion-dollar campaign. From research, she transitioned to Director of Development at a social-service agency, where she was responsible for raising $2.5 million annually.
Potiomkin comes to the Cotton Foundation from the Houston Ballet, where she was recruited to solve data consistency issues and develop short- and long-term solutions to maintain data integrity. Under her leadership, the ballet greatly improved data hygiene, resulting in an overall improved holistic use of the database, which helped to raise an additional $1 million each year.
From research to relationship building, she enjoys engaging donors to help people make a lasting impact on the lives of others.