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Foundation Staff and Board in Motion


  Here’s a look at what our team members have been up to recently…  

Laura Ducceschi Named to City & State’s 2022 Nonprofit Power 100 List

  The Scranton Area Community Foundation today announced that President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi, has been named to City & State’s 2022 Nonprofit Power 100 List. The statewide nonprofit power list recognizes the most influential public officials, philanthropic leaders, and executives leading the sector throughout Pennsylvania over the past year.
The inaugural list recognized Ducceschi and other nonprofit, philanthropic, and public officials who have had to “adapt, improvise, and overcome” to be able to effectively serve their clients and communities. City & State writes, “The organizations featured in 2022 Nonprofit Power 100 have triumphed in their efforts to provide everything from cash assistance to legal representation, food deliveries to waterways protection, despite the constraint on fundraisers, reduced government funding and declining philanthropic support.” Under Ducceschi’s leadership, the Scranton Area Community Foundation has nearly quadrupled its charitable assets under the Foundation’s management and has granted nearly $30 million in grant and scholarship funding. In addition, Laura led the foundation in the development of the COVID-19 Response Fund, one of the first in the country established by a community foundation, which quickly raised and distributed more than $1.4 million for nonprofit organizations; and NEPA Gives, which has raised nearly $3 million dollars for nonprofit organizations in only 72 hours.
City & State cites, “As president and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, Laura Ducceschi oversees over 280 charitable funds and foundations with more than 90 million in assets. Under her leadership, the foundation distributes $6 million in annual grant-making to support various quality-of-life programs throughout the Lackawanna County region. Ducceschi, who assumed the role 10 years ago, has spearheaded various initiatives, including a training center for nonprofit leaders, an animal welfare collaborative, and NEPA Gives, a regional fundraising partnership.” “I am honored to be named to City & State’s Power 100 Nonprofit list,” said Ducceschi. “This recognition is a testament to a visionary Board of Governors and the diligent work of the Scranton Area Community Foundation team. It is indicative of our deep respect for, and commitment to, the donors and the communities that we serve.” A trusted community partner since 1954, The Scranton Area Community Foundation works in partnership with donors to transform lives through organized philanthropy. In addition to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, other foundations included in the Power 100 Nonprofit list include William Penn, Philadelphia, Richard King Mellon, John Templeton, Pittsburgh, Delaware County, and GlaxoSmithKline, and as well as the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Heinz Endowments. Congratulations, Laura!
Read the full City & State article here


Brittany Pagnotti Named Scranton Times-Tribune’s Northeast Woman

Photo credit: Jake Danna Stevens / Scranton Times-Tribune staff photographer   On Sunday, October 9, 2022, The Scranton Times-Tribune recognized Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Communications Manager, Brittany Pagnotti, as the Northeast Woman. The Northeast Woman is a tribute to the region’s best and brightest women. In the article, Pagnotti speaks about the highlights of her role which include being a part of the Foundation’s NEPA Gives initiative. “I’m so proud to be able to be part of something so special and impactful. It’s amazing how much our community cares, especially since NEPA Gives is relatively new,” she stated.
Read the article here


Board Member Maryla Scranton to receive AFP NEPA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award

  Dedicated Scranton Area Community Foundation Board Member, Maryla Scranton, will receive the Association of Fundraising Professionals NEPA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2022 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon taking place at The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, November 18, 2022. This annual event honors the region’s outstanding corporation, foundation, volunteer fundraiser, and fundraising professional in addition to presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) honors individuals and organizations that, through their tireless work and dedication to philanthropy, have improved the quality of life in our community and around the world. Recipients are nominated for demonstrating outstanding commitment and leadership in all aspects of philanthropy. AFP recognizes these outstanding honorees who embody the true meaning of philanthropy — the love of humankind.
“This acknowledgment is so well-deserved,” stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO. “Maryla has a depth of fundraising and development skill set which she has generously shared with so many worthy organizations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation included, who have benefited greatly from her time and talents. She is a wonderful person and we are truly fortunate to have her on the Board of Governors,” she added. Congratulations, Maryla! Registration is now open for the Association of Fundraising Professionals NEPA Chapter’s 2022 National Philanthropy Day luncheon.
Learn more about the 2022 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon here


Together, we are stronger.

The staff of Scranton Area Community Foundation is composed of dedicated professionals who are devoted to helping our generous donors connect to the causes that they care about most. Our Board of Governors and staff works to make our region a better place to live and we are proud of the commitment our team has to learning and serving in the community.
You can learn more about our Foundation leadership here.
  We are proud to be your community foundation, working together to create a stronger, kinder, and more livable region.