Our role is to embolden extraordinary community; to support a Lancaster County where all individuals are valued, supported, and feel that they belong.
We may not have all of the answers, but we have the immense benefit of the perspective and experience of residents from across our community. Your hopes, ideas, and experience fuels our work, and our initiatives seek to reflect those insights from people in our community.
The future is ours, Lancaster County. Let’s shape it together.
Our Current Initiatives
Racial Equity Profile
Lancaster County’s Racial Equity Profile is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. A coalition of local civic organizations, including the Community Foundation, supported a partnership with PolicyLink to lead the collection of primary-source data from throughout the county. It is a resource meant to guide changemakers toward collaborative solutions for a more equitable future.
In one extraordinary day each year, for 24 hours, Lancaster County is transformed into a community-wide celebration of generosity that supports hundreds of community benefit organizations serving our region.
Since 2012, more than 30,000 donors have raised $100 million for causes they care about.
Reinventing Our Communities Cohort
A cross-sector collaboration of organizations, businesses, and community members in Lancaster County is participating in the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s second annual Reinventing Our Communities (ROC) cohort program. It uses a lens of racial justice to focus on supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs that have been historically and systematically oppressed.
Caring For The Community's Endowment
Endowment is a unique tool that provides ongoing community support with funds that are pooled and invested to grow in a sustainable way. This creates a shared resource that helps financially support local causes, year after year. For the past 100 years, the Community Foundation has cared for the community’s endowment so that its impact can continue forever.
Our Local Impact
Lancaster County is a vibrant place with a wide range of needs, ideas, and passions. Thanks to the community’s endowment, we have the honor of emboldening the extraordinary through grants, scholarships, and collaborative initiatives.
At the Community Foundation, we connect your organization to a range of resources as we work together to shape our shared future. We invite you to explore opportunities including learning sessions, partnership connections, resources to support your organizational development, and grant opportunities. We are able to do this work thanks to our community’s endowment, a unique and powerful tool to support Lancaster County—forever!