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Scranton Area Community Foundation Joins Nationwide Celebration to Recognize the Local Impact of Community Foundations


The Scranton Area Community Foundation joins in a nationwide celebration, November 12-18, 2020, to recognize the increasingly important role that community foundations play in fostering philanthropy, community leadership, and collaboration to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

For more than a century, community foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource whose effect can be seen in the lives of millions and in the vibrant neighborhoods that continue to thrive through their mission-driven work. The Scranton Area Community Foundation, founded in 1954 with a bequest from the Scranton family, was incorporated from a charitable trust into a public, charitable community foundation in 1998.

Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former President George H.W. Bush to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.To celebrate Community Foundation Week (#CommunityFNDWeek), the Scranton Area Community Foundation will host its Annual Community Celebration Event virtually on November 18, 2020, which will share the accomplishments over the past year and the community impact made possible because of the Foundation’s generous donors and supporters. For example, this year alone, over $3.5 million in grants have already been distributed to community-based nonprofit organizations.

The Annual Community Celebration will also recognize featured community partners including PPL Foundation, philanthropist Kathleen Graff, and the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, and featured funds that have made a significant impact in 2020 including the Heart of Scranton Virtual Fundraiser Fund, The Gelb Foundation Fund, Women’s Whistle Stop Scranton Fund, and the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund. This free event will stream live at SAF2020.org at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, and is open for the public and the community to access.

“The work of community foundations spans beyond the practice of giving,” said Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO. “We are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems and advance the most promising of opportunities to benefit our residents.”

Collective efforts advanced by community foundations were evident amid this year’s coronavirus pandemic where over $1 billion was distributed by community foundations nationwide in response to the crisis. The Scranton Area Community Foundation established one of the first COVID-19 Response Funds in the nation which distributed over $1.2 million dollars in emergency grant funding that providing critical support to over 130 community-based charitable organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits and represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. The Scranton Area Community Foundation has been working to enhance the quality of life for people across the Northeastern Pennsylvania region over the past 66 years, serving the community as a steward, a grantmaker, a charitable resource, and a catalyst for change and growth.

To learn more about our Annual Community Celebration Event, visit saf2020.org

To learn more about Community Foundation Week, visit cof.org

The needs in Northeastern Pennsylvania continue to be great. Please consider a gift to the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Community Needs Fund before December 31. Thank you for all you do for the community. 

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