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Current Initiatives

Lancaster County is rich with caring people, new ideas, and constant change. We believe this is energy to be nurtured, emboldened, and amplified.

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. Together,  you can help us move toward a stronger, kinder, more equitable, more extraordinary future for all of us.

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Reinventing Our Communities Cohort

A cross-sector collaboration of organizations, businesses, and community members in Lancaster County is proud to announce its participation in the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s second annual Reinventing Our Communities (ROC) cohort program. This program will use a lens of racial justice to focus on equitable business recovery, and to support small business owners and entrepreneurs disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and those that have been historically and systematically oppressed.   

As we progress through the learning journey, we are committed to continuously reach out to community members and leaders for insights on the needs of our community. 

Share your ideas, thoughts, and insights on the needs of our community, or ideas to promote equitable business recovery and growth in Lancaster County.

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The ExtraGive

In one extraordinary day each year, for 24 hours, our community is transformed into a community-wide celebration of generosity that supports more than 400 community benefit organizations serving our region. The ExtraGive inspires thousands of individual donations and shines a light on the work of our community benefit sector. This unique day highlights organizations that support causes from children and families, to health and education, the natural environment and farmland preservation; from poverty alleviation and affordable housing to arts, culture, religion, heritage, history and more.

Since we launched the first Extraordinary Give in 2012, our community has raised more than $92 million to support local organizations, and engaged more than 30,000 donors across our community and beyond. Donations per capita in Lancaster County are among the most generous in the nation, thanks to the dedication of the participating organizations, members of our community, and sponsors who help stretch donations. The Community Foundation continues to be the ExtraGive’s largest contributor and is proud to say that we have never taken a single penny from this event. Read our reflections on ten years of ExtraGive.

Granting and Legacy

In addition to our current community initiatives, the work of the Lancaster County Community Foundation focuses on investing in new and proven ideas from our community benefit sector through granting,  emboldening the next generation of thinkers and leaders through scholarships, as well as continuing to secure our community’s shared future by turning your passion into legacy.

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We know that CBOs (Community Benefit Organizations) have unparalleled knowledge and experience working with Lancaster residents and addressing the needs of our community. Your work inspires us and brings essential support to residents across our community.

2021 grant cycles will open on March 3, 2021!

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Forever Lancaster is a pathway for you to imagine and create the community you want to see: for today, tomorrow, and forever. By investing even asmall piece of your estate in the future of Lancaster, you can help turn your ideas into action, and your passion into legacy.

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