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December 2020 // Fund News


December 2020  //  Fund News
Periodically, we like to share news and updates about the Funds that we manage. 
To learn more about all of our Funds in greater detail, please visit our website, safdn.org.
Garden of Cedar Announces a Year-End Fundraising Goal

The Garden of Cedar in Scranton is seeking to raise $50,000 in donations by year-end to help ensure its successful construction during 2021. 

The Garden of Cedar, located at 715 Cedar Avenue, Scranton, will be a unique public space that offers a fusion of urban agriculture, trailways, education, and art for residents of South Scranton and the Greater Scranton Area. 

Frank Dubas, President of The Garden of Cedar, established 
The Garden of Cedar Capital Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation in 2018 and made the initial contribution of $20,000 to support the creation and support for the Garden of Cedar. He also donated the property and has funded all legal and operating expenses to date. 

“A signature feature of the Garden will be a maze-like one-way trail allowing children and adult visitors to meander safely through the space without congestion (social-distance) as they explore the raised planting beds and educational stations that display culturally significant horticultural aspects of the neighborhood’s diverse residents,” stated Dubas. “We are working with local community organizations, Penn State Extension’s Master Gardener Program, and local government entities to construct a setting that pays homage to the area’s Iron District heritage while, at the same time, looks forward to a future offering hope and promise for healthy living and outdoor recreation,” he added.

Photo: Frank Dubas, President of The Garden of Cedar, speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony for The Garden of Cedar on October 10, 2020. Dubas established The Garden of Cedar Capital Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation in 2018 to support the creation and support for the notable community garden.

Estimated construction costs for the Garden are expected to be approximately $430,000. To date over $100,000 has been raised. A grant application is pending with the State of Pennsylvania which, if successful, will bring the Garden closer to the finish line, however, at least $80,000 is still needed from other sources in order to reach the goal. The Garden is looking to raise $50,000 of the unfunded goal by December 31.

To make a contribution to support The Garden of Cedar Capital Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please visit the link below. Donations are also accepted by check mailed to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, 615 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510. Please include ” The Garden of Cedar Capital Fund” in the memo. 

Questions about The Garden of Cedar? Mr. Dubas is happy to connect with you! Email or call him at fjdubas@gmail.com or 203-807-6264.
Learn about the Lacawac Sanctuary Watres Fund

Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center is a nonprofit organization located in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania dedicated to inspiring lifelong connections to nature and shaping the next generation of scientists and earth stewards through research, education, preservation. 

Today, Lacawac Sanctuary is known for its education programs for Pre-K-12 grade students throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization delivers STEM programs that utilize nature as the foundation of learning to over 3,000 students annually. 

In 2019, Lacawac Sanctuary partnered with the Scranton Area Community Foundation to open an 
organizational endowment fund, the Lacawac Sanctuary Watres Fund, which gives Lacawac Sanctuary the opportunity to generate a reliable revenue stream that will support its work in perpetuity. The Fund supports student work at Lacawac.

Lacawac Sanctuary has been inspiring a passion for discovery and lifelong learning in environmental sciences. Today, Lacawac brings inquiry-based science education to young and old alike. Lacawac protects over 500 acres so the general public can experience and appreciate the beauty of nature. 

To support the Lacawac Sanctuary Watres Fund, please visit the link below.


Together, we are stronger

Did you know? The Scranton Area Community Foundation offers a wide variety of charitable planning tools to help charitably-minded individuals and businesses support the causes they care about including donor-advised funds, scholarship funds, field of interest funds, non-endowed funds, charitable trusts, and charitable gift annuities. We even offer a 20% match (up to $5,000) in the first two years for newly established endowment funds!

The Scranton Area Community Foundation has been working to enhance the quality of life for people across the Northeastern Pennsylvania region since 1954, serving the community as a steward, a grantmaker, a charitable resource, and a catalyst for change and growth. 

With more than 215 charitable funds and assets of more than $45 million, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $3 million in grants and scholarships in 2020. Additionally, through foundation management services offered to other private and public foundations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed an additional $1.2 million in grants and scholarships in 2020 through assets under management. 
We’re working hard during these challenging times to create a better quality of life for our friends and neighbors in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are proud to be your community foundation, working together to create a stronger, kinder, and more livable region. 
Thank you for your continued support.
To learn more about the Scranton Area Community Foundation and how you can make a charitable impact in Northeastern Pennsylvania through a planned gift, visit SAFplans.org.

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