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Annual Report to the Community

A Message from our President and CEO:

Dear Friends,

While it was easy to feel discouraged during this past year, I take great comfort in the remarkable outpouring of generosity we have experienced.

You opened your hearts during the pandemic which allowed the Foundation to respond to heightened community needs by providing a record-setting $4 million in grant funding. It is your trust in the Foundation over the past 67 years that has enabled us to serve as a successful grantmaker, a charitable resource, a catalyst for change and growth, and a convener, and we do not take this trust for granted.

As we look for the light in dark times, I reflect upon the spirit of connection and collaboration so often seen in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and upon the relationships we have formed and deepened during this challenging year. It is these partnerships with charitably-minded, generous individuals and organizations which make all the difference.

Your willingness to give allowed us to establish one of the first COVID-19 Response Funds in the nation, which provided critical, sustaining support to organizations on the front lines of the pandemic. Grants were quickly deployed to provide child care, virtual education, food and shelter, and other supportive services that were so desperately needed across our communities. In total, the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund alone awarded 183 grants to nonprofit organizations over a three-month period, totaling over $1 million.

Your generosity also helped to expand our partnership with the City of Scranton to combat the rising issue of food insecurity with the Mayor’s Heart of Scranton Virtual Fundraiser, an important source of financial support and stability during the COVID-19 crisis, and to get food on the table of thousands of families.

You also entrusted the foundation with 23 new charitable funds this year, established for purposes ranging from pandemic response to assistance for families with children battling cancer.

We take great pride in maintaining our commitment to service and to effective stewardship, which is reflected in the accreditation we received this year from the Council on Foundations as having the highest standards for community foundations nationwide. This accreditation represents accountability, impact, and distinction, and ensures charitably-minded individuals that they are working with a credible partner which provides them with a sound place to entrust their charitable assets.

In late 2020, we worked with our Board of Governors, donors, partners, and other community leaders to develop an ambitious three-year strategic framework. As we embark on this new long-range plan and look to the future, we do so with hope and gratitude, and an unwavering commitment to our donors, and to the needs of our communities.

Laura Ducceschi
Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO


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