#PhilanthropyFriday: Recognizing Excellence through Charitable Funds

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is accepting nominations now until August 1, 2019, for both the 2019 Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award and the 2019 Roseann Smith Alperin Award, two distinguished awards established through charitable funds to memorialize a loved one and to honor qualities of excellence that exist in members of our community.

The Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award has been presented since 1992 when a charitable fund was established by the family of Margaretta Belin Chamberlin both to honor her memory and to recognize accomplishments of women in our community while encouraging their personal and/or professional development.

The award is presented annually to a woman who demonstrates a commitment to community, ingenuity in response to community need, and leadership in empowering and transforming the lives of women and girls in the community. Nominations are open to anyone who wishes to recommend a female candidate who has made an impact in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The recipient of the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award will receive a monetary award of $1,000 to be used for the purpose of personal development or to donate to a charitable organization of the recipient’s choice.

Learn more about the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award


Prior recipients of the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award include:
Eleanore Ginader, Rosemary Broderick, Sharon McCrone, Catherine Richmond-Cullen, Mary Elaine Southard, Judith O. Graziano, Carol Weiss Rubel, Charlotte McIlwee Ravaioli, Diana Statsman, Susan S. Belin, Rachel R. Yaklic (10th anniversary youth recipient), Margaret “Peg” Ruddy, Sally E. Bohlin, Andrea J. Mulrine, Natalie Gelb, Mary Ann LaPorta, Sr. Margaret Gannon, IHM, Mary Belin Rhodes, Sondra Myers, Nancy Dressel, Jeanne Bovard, Suzanne Fisher Staples, Jane Oppenheim, Sister Ann Walsh, Nada Gilmartin, Michelle Dempsey and Laurie Cadden.

The Roseann Smith Alperin Award was established by the Junior League of Scranton to recognize an outstanding female volunteer who exhibits the heart and spirit of Roseann Smith Alperin by demonstrating the capacity to lead, motivate, and inspire others and the community she serves. The Roseann Smith Alperin Award honors an area woman who has the capacity to encourage others to make more of themselves and the community they serve.
Through this award, the award recipient has the opportunity to donate $500 to a nonprofit organization of their choice. The nonprofit organization who nominates the winning recipient also receives a $500 prize.

Learn more about the Roseann Smith Alperin Award


Prior recipients of the Roseann Smith Alperin Award include:
Jane Oppenheim, Leah Rudolph, Gail Rees, Margaret Kovacic, Ellie Axford, Mary Ann LaPorta, Lynnie Siegal, Elaine Shepard, Laurie Cadden, Regina Boehm, Kathleen Kintzer, Tracy Bannon, Michele Margotta Neary, Michele Bannon and Tara Atkins, Susan Blum Connors, Anne Falzett and Katie Gilmartin.

Both the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award and the Roseann Smith Alperin Award will be presented at the Women in Philanthropy Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Radisson Lackawanna Station from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Nominations will be accepted until August 1, 2019, via email to or by mail to Attn: Dana Hunter, Administrative Coordinator, Scranton Area Community Foundation, 615 Jefferson Ave., Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510. The nomination forms can also be accessed through the Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy website,

At the Scranton Area Community Foundation, we manage many charitable funds that provide awards to individuals that possess qualities that donors would like to recognize. To learn more about establishing a fund that can provide an award to maximize your philanthropic goals or to memorialize a loved one, please contact us today.