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JUST RELEASED: 2018 Community Needs Forum Report


The 2018 Community Needs Forum Report describes several recurring themes that emerged from the 2018 Community Forum meetings that were held in June 2018, as well as highlights ways that the Scranton Area Community Foundation is planning to respond to these various challenges. It complements what we’re learning in ongoing conversations with grantees, donors, community leaders, and other grantmakers and collaborators.

Scranton Area Community Foundation’s success as a grantmaker, charitable partner, and donor advisor depends, in large part, on having a comprehensive, clear picture of the region we serve. We always value the opportunity to hear from the leaders of nonprofit organizations to get their perspective on the current issues and challenges they are facing as well as learn what lies ahead. Our 2018 Community Forum meetings were organized for this reason.

Thirty-seven nonprofits made presentations at the Foundation’s 2018 Community Forum meetings. Their presentations highlighted critical needs, trends, and opportunities in a variety of fields. Presenters also offered feedback on the Foundation’s grant-making and convening, and its strategic initiatives in transportation and oral health, both key components of the Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy initiative. Our sincere thanks go to all who contributed presentations.

Information received through the forums helps in various ways to direct future priorities and actions. At the same time, we recognize that a number of important segments of the nonprofit community were under-represented during the 2018 Forum. In order to address this, the Scranton Area Community Foundation will convene a series of issue-specific roundtable discussions this year to gather supplemental information. These meetings will help to fill in the gaps on topic areas that weren’t sufficiently represented in order to continue to gain a comprehensive community picture for grantmaking purposes and to provide insight to other foundations, donors, and philanthropic partners.

Please consider participating in these 2019 Issue-Specific Roundtable Discussions:

Food Insecurity
April 10, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location TBA

Animal Welfare
June 11, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location TBA​

Civic Affairs
September 5, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location TBA​

Affordable Housing
October 29, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location TBA​

In addition, the Scranton Area Community Foundation will be hosting a roundtable in conjunction with Outreach Center for Community Resources focused on understanding and addressing the needs of women in the prison system and those who will be transitioning out of the prison system. The Women in Prison roundtable will be held on June 19, 2019. Additional details will be announced soon.

Organizations that are interested in participating in these roundtable discussions should contact the Scranton Area Community Foundation. We’re hopeful that other grantmakers and philanthropists will collaborate with us on these gatherings as well.

We hope you’ll find the 2018 Community Needs Forum Report useful. We thank you for your interest and for your continuing partnership with the Scranton Area Community Foundation.


You can also access the 2018 Community Needs Forum Report on our website:

To view the 2018 Community Forum video recordings, please visit https://vimeo.com/279560084.  ​


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