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December 2023 | Fund News


Periodically, we like to share news and updates about the Funds that we manage. We’re proud to work with these charitable funds that are making a difference in our communities! To learn more about all of our Funds in greater detail, please visit our website,

Recognizing our 2023 Annual Community Celebration Featured Funds…

On the evening of Thursday, December 7, 2023, the Scranton Area Community Foundation hosted its 2023 Annual Community Celebration at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, celebrating a record year of grantmaking and recognizing the impact of notable charitable funds and community partners making a difference.

During the event, we acknowledged funds that have led the way in making a significant impact over the year. Featured Funds included the Fendrock Family Fund, the Susan Burke Foundation for Colon Cancer, and the Sondra G. and Morey M. Myers Charitable Gift Fund Learn more about each fund below.

Fendrock Family Fund recognized for its impact and support of lifelong learning

In 2009, the Fendrock family began recognizing graduating students of Carbondale Area Jr./Sr. High School with an annual scholarship. That scholarship was endowed in November 2021 with the creation of the Fendrock Family Fund. The Fund provides the Fendrock Family Scholarship to graduating students who pursue post-secondary education. The Fund is named for John J. and Cecelia (Stefanides) Fendrock, the six children they raised in their home in Simpson, Pennsylvania, and their descendants. John and Cecelia’s formal education ended with grade school. Still, their belief in the importance of lifelong learning is their legacy.


We love how they inspire us with their desire to help graduating Carbondale Area high school students further their education.

Congratulations, Fendrock Family Fund!

Sonda G. and Morey M. Myers Charitable Gift Fund aims to inspire others

The Sondra G. and Morey M. Myers Charitable Gift Fund was established by Sondra and Morey Myers in honor of Mr. Myers’ 95th birthday, which he celebrated in August 2023. The couple started the donor-advised fund to inspire others to establish charitable funds at the Scranton Area Community Foundation. In a single year, the Myers have recommended grants to over 30 nonprofit organizations totaling nearly $90,000 in support to our community and beyond.

Mr. and Mrs. Morey and Sondra Myers accept the 2023 Featured Fund Award for the Sondra G. and Morey M. Myers Charitable Gift Fund. (l-r) Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO; Morey and Sondra Myers; Dr. Jay Bannon, Scranton Area Community Foundation Board Governor.


Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Myers, and thank you for all you do for our community!

Susan Burke Foundation for Colon Cancer helping those affected by colon cancer

Susan Burke, a beloved mother, community member, and running coach who inspired others with her kindness, positive attitude, and resiliency, passed away from colon cancer in July 2022. The Susan Burke Foundation for Colon Cancer Fund was established by the family of Susan Burke in July 2022 to support individuals with a colon cancer diagnosis and who are experiencing financial hardship.

The children of Susan Burke accept the 2023 Featured Fund Award for the Susan Burke Foundation for Colon Cancer. (l-r): Abbey Burke and Katherine Fangs, daughters of Susan Burke; Bill Hines, recipient of a grant from the Susan Burke Foundation for Colon Cancer; Jamie Ksiazek, son of Susan Burke.

In 2023, this fund has granted nearly $4,000 to support individuals with a colon cancer diagnosis.


Congratulations to the family of Susan Burke! Thank you for making a difference in our community!

Also, thank you for supporting our Community Needs Fund…

This year, you have helped us to provide over $6 million in grants to support hundreds of charitable projects and programs in our local communities! Thank you!

Please consider making a special gift to our Community Needs Fund before the end of the year to support this vital charitable work. Your generosity will help us meet the pressing and often unexpected needs of our friends and neighbors. Your donation will stay here in our neighborhoods to continue to make our region a better place to live.

You can make a special gift to the Community Needs Fund here

Thank you so much for your continued generosity. We wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday season!