Skip to content

Community Funds

The Community Foundation gives you a way to put your passions into action. We connect you to a wide spectrum of local community benefit organizations and help you make a long-term impact on the issues that matter to you. Learn more about Forever Lancaster, browse our community funds below, or get inspired by local stories of giving.

  • Fund Category

  • Fund Area of Interest

Group of people packing boxes

Civitas Lancaster Endowment Fund

Founded in 1952, we have contributed over $2,000,000 and countless hours of service to Lancaster community projects like Longs Park, Kids Kamp, Conestoga View Christmas party, and more. Our major fundraiser, the Longs Park Chicken BBQ, is our primary revenue source. This fund is intended to support the operational expenses of The Seftoma Club of Lancaster and support our annual fundraising efforts with a long-term revenue source.

Clare House Endowment Fund

The Clare House Endowment Fund will be used to provide the resources necessary to continue shelter programs and services for homeless women and children in Lancaster County.

Coach Lenward “Wood” McMillan Jr. Fund

Coach Lenward “Wood” McMillan Jr. Fund

In memory of Coach Lenward “Wood” McMillan Jr., this fund was established to benefit William Penn Senior High School in York each year with the “Out of the Woods Award”. To continue with his legacy, two students from William Penn can earn a $1000 award each year.

Large group of children in a group photo

Compass Mark Community Strength Fund

This fund supports Compass Mark in developing valuable skills in children and adults: decision-making, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and more. Compass Mark meets people at any mark on their compass and guides them to where they need to be.

photo of two children smiling at the camera

Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El Legacy Fund

Honoring Rita Smith-Wade-El’s legacy of tireless advocacy on behalf of the African American community, this fund exists to support the creation and advancement of arts and education focused on people of African descent.

Drops of Hope Fund

Drops of Hope Fund

The Drops of Hope fund carries on the legacy of an unborn child by providing memorial plaques and other meaningful “drops of hope” to families.

DWM Opportunity Fund

DWM Opportunity Fund

This fund assists economically disadvantaged individuals to attend technical schools and to start and/or grow businesses. 

cartoon space ship flying through space

Eastern Lancaster County Library Endowment Fund

This fund provides a stable source of long-term funding to ensure the library is able to fulfill its mission to provide free access to information, education, technology, services, and entertainment to facilitate an informed society.

Elizabethtown Educational Initiative for Innovative Learning

This fund will provide for innovative learning within the Elizabethtown school community with emphasis on, but not limited to, promoting literacy while impacting student learning and enhancing the overall educational experience of the students. The learning initiatives should be proposed by teachers and should help to advance the excellence of the school district’s instructional program with the incorporation of technology, creativity or hands-on involvement.

Equity Fund

Recognizing the resiliency, tenacity and talent within Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Immigrant communities; and understanding the deep inequities both in community and within philanthropy; Xavier Garcia-Molina created the Equity Fund and Equity Council in partnership with the Lancaster County Community Foundation. 

Dancers at First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster Endowment Fund

This fund provides perpetual support for the mission and ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, PA.

Friends of the Railroad Museum of PA Endowment Fund

This fund is to support the world-class Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania as a museum and an educational resource for the public. Support includes research, preservation of artifacts, education, interpretation and development of the museum staff and site operations.

Fulton Theatre Fund

Established in recognition of the Fulton’s 150+ years of services as our community’s artistic home, the Fulton Theatre Fund helps to maintain and preserve this National Historic Landmark Theatre. Fund contributions ensure that the Fulton continues to serve as our community’s meeting place and annually benefit more than 130,000 individuals who look to the theatre as a source of entertainment, education and enrichment

Gail Stump Endowment for Meals on Wheels

This fund provides the opportunity for individuals to contribute legacy gifts to Meals on Wheels of Lancaster in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program, as well as funds to help underwrite the cost of food for those who cannot afford to pay for the service.

Geisenberger-Sable Family Fund

Geisenberger-Sable Family Fund

This fund supports causes in the local community and beyond that are meaningful to Steve Geisenberger and Christine Sable.

Georgie M. Delemos Philanthropic Fund

Georgie M. Delemos Philanthropic Fund

This fund was established to advance educational opportunities and to support music, arts, and culture in celebration of the life of Georgie M. Delemos.