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Top 5 Moments of Extraordinary Community 2015

2015 was an extraordinary year for the Lancaster County Community Foundation, and for Lancaster county as a whole! After a rigorous process of selection, we narrowed down our favorite moments of extraordinary community to five!

So, without further ado, here are the top 5 moments of extraordinary community:


5) The opening of the new BB&T Economic Growth Fund at the Community Foundation

NUMBER 5 in our Extraordinary Community countdown is the launch of the new BB&T Economic Growth Fund- a $10 million investment in opportunities to develop thriving wage jobs for Lancaster county! Congratulations to the first recipient: Tec Centro, 102 Chester, Saca at theSpanish American Civic Association! More projects are on the way in 2016!


4) Ah Ha! Project Partnership: Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds Junior High

NUMBER 4 in our Extraordinary Community countdown is the brand new Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds Junior High School! This partnership with Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 and the Lancaster County Refugee Coalition, with support from United Way of Lancaster County, PAand the Lancaster Rotary Club serves refugee families by helping with their educational, health, social and emotional needs, and makes our community stronger!


3) 2015 Annual Gathering


NUMBER 3 in our extraordinary community countdown is the 2015 Annual Gathering! We partnered with The Hotel Lancaster, Two Dudes Painting Company and many others to bring together people from all sectors of our community to share a meal, discuss how we want to help grow the county, and–of course–to paint! Check out all the photos from the event here.

2) The 2015 Social Enterprise Pitch

This collaboration between Assets and the Community Foundation facilitated the creation of 10 business ideas from local thinkers, entrepreneurs, and leaders that were designed to be sustainable, profitable, and address a social need to improve our community. With more than $42,000 raised from 700+ donations during the crowdfunding phase of the competition, the 2015 Great Social Enterprise Pitch brought together hundreds of people from all sectors of the community for the purpose of promoting businesses that operate with a triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit, making it the biggest Pitch yet! We can’t wait for next year!


1) The 2015 Extraordinary Give

With 6.1 million dollars raised from more than 20,000+ individual donations and 40,000+ total gifts from all fifty states, the 2015 Extraordinary Give typifies why we’re so consistently so heartened and energized by this community.

THANK YOU to everyone who has helped make this year so exemplary. We couldn’t be prouder of our community, and more honored to serve it every day. Happy New Year from the whole Community Foundation team; onward to 2016!

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