Emboldening extraordinary community
The Community Foundation’s work is inspired by the community you want to see. You’ve shown us time and again that Lancaster County is a community of fearless welcome, tireless collaboration, and a hellbent commitment to the things we love.
Emboldened by you, we’re committed to using our leadership to help bring to life your passions, big and small, to honor our proud history, and forge our shared future. Sometimes that means inviting conversation around pressing issues vital to our community’s well being, using our resources to fund important initiatives, or creating new pathways for collaboration where they previously didn’t exist.
The Community Foundation will work with you to build an extraordinary future for our entire community, and strive to shape a culture where everyone, regardless of your background, your faith, your financial status is welcomed and included.
With our voice
“Our diversity, when fully appreciated and respected, is one of our greatest strengths. This diversity, however, can also bring inherent tensions that, together, we must confront and overcome.”
Welcoming New Americans: Essential to Our Future
“Welcoming New Americans — immigrants and refugees — is part of our community’s DNA. The story of Lancaster County’s community and culture cannot be told without telling the story of immigrants and refugees. New Americans have been a fundamental part of Lancaster’s community since it’s creation. Data show that welcoming New Americans is an essential part of ensuring that our local economy and community continue to thrive. We believe that one of our greatest community assets is the rich and diverse perspectives that come from a community of welcome.”
We are all Community Champions
“In his New York Times feature about Lancaster, Thomas Friedman gets many things correct in the article – both what’s going right and some of our simmering and entrenched challenges. His perspective, however, is largely shaped through the lens of a select few; captured while on a short-term visit to our home.
Here, there is a much deeper and richer story to tell.”
“Here, There is Welcome” Gallery Exhibit
The Community Foundation is committed to honoring the story of Lancaster, and our proud history of being a welcoming community to refugees and immigrants.
To continue that legacy into the future, the Community Foundation partnered with LancasterHistory.org, Church World Service, the Lancaster Chamber, as well as the New American Economy to create an immersive art exhibit in our Community Gallery!
With our dollars
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The Refugee Fund
Lancaster County has a long history of welcoming refugees to our community. Today, Lancaster County welcomes more than 20% more refugees per capita than other communities in the nation. The Community Foundation embraces this proud history of fearless welcome with the Refugee Fund, which provides support to local organizations working to resettle and support refugee families starting a new life in Lancaster.
Fund for Social Enterprise
The Community Foundation believes that “business for good” is good for business in Lancaster County. To support the growing social enterprise movement in Lancaster County and beyond, the Community Foundation established the Fund for Social Enterprises. This fund is used to support for profit and nonprofit businesses with a social mission through market-based strategies. The fund will support new and growing social enterprises in our community, to continue to movement to unite people, planet, and profit.
Celebrating Immigrants in Lancaster
We know that immigrants and new Americans make our community stronger. To put data to our history, we partnered with the Lancaster Chamber as well the New American Economy on a report that gathered data on immigrants and refugees’ purchasing power and economic contributions to our community.