Lancaster is an extraordinary community. We are a community of fearless welcome built on work ethic, self-reliance and faith.We have deep passions and an inspired sense of purpose. We are one of the most generous communities in the country and we have a hellbent commitment to the things we love.
That’s why the Lancaster County Community Foundation has developed the pathway for you to imagine and create the community you want to see: for today, tomorrow, and forever. By investing even a small piece of your estate in the future of Lancaster, you can help turn your ideas into action, and your passion into legacy.
Joining the movement:
Joining the Forever Lancaster movement is easy. It starts with three simple questions:
Let’s dream big! Maybe you want every child in Lancaster to have access to a quality education; maybe you want to help preserve our picturesque countryside and farmland; maybe you want to be sure every family has an affordable home that’s close to work. Whatever your passion, Forever Lancaster helps you invest in the causes you care about to embolden the people, organizations, and initiatives that help keep our community moving forward.
Your impact through Forever Lancaster will be long-lasting no matter when you decide to get involved. Working with the Community Foundation is easy because we handle the administration and details. This means that you can focus on your legacy and creating long-term support for the causes that are important to you. If you care deeply about several causes, you can support all of them or simply invest in the overall betterment of our County!
Create a fund. You may feel prepared to make a substantial investment in our community by creating a fund today. This is a special opportunity for us to get to know each other, to meet other donors, and learn how we can work together to make an immediate difference for your selected causes.
Individuals with funds at the Community Foundation have the chance to see their investment at work and their legacy start to take root.
Make a bequest. Another option is to create an endowed fund that takes place in the future through a bequest from your will. Many donors have made future gift commitments to the Community Foundation in conjunction with plans to attend to their heirs. Some donors choose a dollar value that will benefit a cause while others select a percentage of their estate (say, 5%) that will be invested to benefit a cause forever.
A gift from your will or estate plan will become a permanent legacy deeply connected to Lancaster and supporting the cause(s) that are important to you.
Whether you choose to create a fund now or make a future gift through a bequest later, the Community Foundation offers four pathways to help you invest in the future Lancaster.
Types of funds (click to explore):
The funds at a glance:
How it works: You chose the projects and organizations that benefit from your fund each year. You may appoint successor advisers to suggest how the grants are used in the future and/or create instructions as to how the fund will benefit your causes forever.
Why people like it: A Donor Advised Fund allows donors and successor generations to play an active role giving back in our community.
How it works: You choose the kind of cause — the field of interest — that you would like to support forever. Your field of interest can be as broad (“improving education in Lancaster County”) or as narrow (“supporting the visual arts in the City of Lancaster”) as you like. Each year, your dollars will be infused into the community to support the broad cause that you care about.
Why people like it: A Field of Interest fund allows people to support broad areas of interest. This kind of fund also responds to the changing opportunities and needs of our community so your gift stays relevant and working in our community forever.
How it works: You are committed to a specific nonprofit organization or have multiple organizations that are important to you. This fund provides ongoing support to the organizations that you designate in the fund. You can choose all dollars to go to a single nonprofit (100% to the Manheim Township Library) or multiple organizations (50% to Habitat for Humanity, 50% to Fulton Theatre).
Why people like it: When people open a Designated Fund, they have confidence that the organizations they care about will have their support forever. People appreciate knowing that they do not need to take any further action but the organizations will continue to receive their dollars of support.
How it works: You want to support our community’s greatest opportunities and most pressing needs. This permanent fund ensures that your investment will always make an impact for the people of Lancaster County.
Why people like it: A Community Fund allows people to invest in the future of our community with the assurance that their dollars will always support emerging and important causes. Described as the “highest and best use” of philanthropic assets, Community Funds are always applied to the community’s most pressing needs at the moment of disbursement.
We’re happy to answer questions, discuss your thoughts, or simply bat around some ideas. Most important, we want to hear more about how YOU imagine supporting Forever Lancaster.