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March 2021 // Fund News


March 2021 // Fund News

News and updates about charitable funds making a difference in our communities!
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Scranton PorchFest begins this weekend!

A new charitable fund has been established to support the Scranton Porch Festival, a new city-wide event centered on community and led by Scranton Fringe Festival to support artists, creatives, and the community through the availability of arts and culture during a difficult year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Scranton PorchFest Fund will provide charitable support to the Scranton Porch Festival which will run March 20-28, 2021. The festival gives residents and businesses the opportunity to decorate their porches and storefronts as if they are floats in a parade.

Scranton Fringe Festival Executive Director Conor Kelly O’Brien hopes that the Scranton Porch Festival helps to fill some of the void of the postponed Saint Patrick’s Day parade.

O’Brien got the PorchFest idea after learning of something similar in New Orleans, where residents there decorated their homes as parade floats as a creative way to bring the community together and celebrate the arts during a time of canceled parades.



To support the Scranton Porch Festival and the Scranton PorchFest Fund, funders including The Bender Family Foundation have generously offered to MATCH all donations (up to $2,500 total) to this fund. To have your donation matched, simply make a contribution via the link below. It will be matched until the conclusion of the Scranton Porch Festival, thanks to the generous support of The Bender Family Foundation and other funders.



Photo: Representatives from The Bender Family Foundation—William Bender, William Bender II, and Dustin Bender—present a check to fund advisor of the Scranton PorchFest Fund, Scranton Fringe Festival Executive Director Conor O’Brien.


To support The Scranton PorchFest Fund, please visit the link below.

Support the Scranton PorchFest Fund

Together, we are stronger.

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 $50 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 are proud to be your community foundation, working together to create a stronger, kinder, and more livable region.

Thank you for your continued support.

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