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We embolden extraordinary community

You are the inspiration for our work.

We work side by side with people like you who care about Lancaster County. Together, we turn your ideas into action and your investments into legacy that will strengthen our community for generations.

Since 1924, we have worked with people to help support causes they care about across Lancaster County. Today, we steward more than $115 million in community assets that help support Lancaster every year. These resources are unique because they mean that this year, and every year, the Community Foundation will invest a portion of this money back into community benefit organizations and the emerging opportunities and needs of Lancaster County.

Our Values

Innovation comes from within our community, and we have have the collective wisdom to create solutions.

Relationships form the foundation of a healthy, vibrant community.

Inclusion of many ideas, people, and perspectives will make us stronger.

Integrity builds the trust we have have in our institutions and in each other. 

Fearlessness can open our mind to new approaches that could change our community for good.

These values come from years of experience partnering with people across Lancaster County. We believe that in order to embolden extraordinary community, we must continue to challenge ourselves and continue to learn from you. Moving forward, we’re committed to a cultivating a culture of equitable and inclusive opportunities in Lancaster County. Through an approach we call Activate and Amplify, we’ll be working with individuals, businesses, community benefit organizations and we hope to work with you!

We know that when people work together, we can turn what’s possible into what’s extraordinary! 

Our Ode to Extraordinary Community

At the Community Foundation, we commit to making long-term impact in Lancaster County.  Yet, we are more than grant dollars. We are more than an investment strategy. We are more than a list of numbers and a pie graph of percentages.  We are people working together to create extraordinary community.

We believe that Lancaster County is a place built on work ethic, self-reliance, faith and creativity.  We come from roots that champion steadfast commitment, innovation from within and making the best of what’s around.

We are people who care; generous individuals and thoughtful givers. We care about strengthening our community and about weaving together our shared aspirations.  We’re committed to our little corner of the world and how we can help make it a better place for our neighbors and for our children.

The Community Foundation exists to help people make their mark on our community but also to inspire their vision of our future.   We serve Lancaster County as stewards of our shared assets, but also as a catalyst for our community’s greatest hopes.  We help connect people to the causes they care about and inspire the people who are making change happen.

We believe Lancaster County has the raw materials for extraordinary. Deep passion. Open spaces. Creative souls. Hellbent commitment to the things we love.

At the Community Foundation, our work helps make dollars go further.  But we do more.  We’re committed to a larger purpose that unites us.  A vision for a stronger, more secure, and more vibrant future for all of us. Our work is to embolden you, your ideas, and your hopes for Lancaster County, for today, and forever.

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