The Community Foundation gives you a way to put your passions into action. Explore local community benefit organizations and how you can invest to make a long-term impact on the issues that matter to you.
Donate to these Funds
I Love Lancaster Fund
Support the most flexible and responsive way to meet emerging needs in Lancaster County.
Corporate Advised Funds
Businesses, corporations, or advisory committees recommend annual grants to the organizations of their choice.
Donor Advised Funds
A very personal fund, donors are involved in recommending grants to the organizations they choose.
Chip & Rebecca Cargas Fund
Helping people work from poverty to rewarding careers
These funds support one or more specific organizations. Many individuals can support a single fund.
The Upward Fund
This fund will provide grants to use for fees and for equipment purchases in support of Christian-based recreational youth athletic programs from “Upward” that develop athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socia
MTHS Class of 1981 Exceptional Lifelong Learner Award
MTHS Class of 1981 Exceptional Lifelong Learner Award honors Manheim Township High School non-traditional learners and those with challenges who deserve to be rewarded for sticking with it and wanting to continue accomplishing personal goals and objectives.
Other Supporting Funds
These funds are designed to be able support several different organizations that share a similar mission.
Field of Interest Funds
These funds support several organizations with a similar mission (ie. health, arts, environment).
The Refugee Fund
This fund will provide support to local organizations working to resettle and support refugee families starting a new life in Lancaster.
Fund for Social Enterprise
A Social Enterprise is an organization that advances a social mission through market-based strategies. This fund will support new and growing social enterprises in our community.
John J. Snyder, Jr. Historic Preservation Fund
This fund is for the restoration, maintenance, and repair of historical structures in Lancaster and Cumberland Counties, PA.
K.L. Shirk Fund for Human Relations
This fund supports community activities that foster human relations, bring people together, educate, and foster understanding among Lancaster County residents.
Shuman Family Downstream Solutions Fund
This fund celebrates the life of John R. Shuman, Ph.D., aquatic ecologist from Lancaster County. The fund is designed to provide research and communication support that helps assess and implement water quality improvement projects within the Lower Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.
Established by community benefit organizations, these funds provide a source of revenue and operating security forever.
Ben's Golden Vision Fund
The Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue established Ben’s Golden Vision Fund to provide for the continuing needs of Golden Retrievers surrendered to their organization.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Endowment
This fund has the purpose of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally-supported 1 to 1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This program helps children avoid risky behaviors, have better relationships with peers and adults, do better in school, and eventually graduate from high school and become successful adults.
Camp Conquest Endowment: Bob Kern Memorial
The Camp Conquest Endowment initiated as the Rev. Robert Kern Memorial Fund provides scholarship opportunities for children and teens to experience positive life change in the camp setting. Additionally, this fund will provide for the ongoing and future needs of the camp ministry.
CASA of Lancaster County Endowment Fund
The CASA of Lancaster County Endowment Fund exists to provide perpetual support through volunteer advocacy for children who have been abused and neglected. CASA believes that every child deserves to grow up in a home free of abuse and neglect, and that growing up in a safe home is a basic human right.
Christ's Home Children's Services Fund
The Christ’s Home Endowment Fund supports the safe haven that we provide for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or severe neglect. We maintain a family style environment where children’s physical, emotional, educational and social needs are lovingly met.
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.
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.
Eastern Lancaster County Library Endowment Fund
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.
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.
The Gate House Endowment Fund
The Gate House Endowment Fund will support our critical work helping men and women with severe addictions return to productive lives in recovery.
Gretna Music Fund
Music at Gretna presents world-class artists in programs designed to delight and educate audiences in beautiful Central Pennsylvania settings. We exist to serve the music and enrich the lives of all who listen, encouraging further arts engagement, facilitating encounters with accomplished performers and preserving the tradition of live performing arts.
Humane League of Lancaster Fund
Humane League of Lancaster Fund will help to ensure our mission of protecting and sheltering pets; placing pets in permanent adoptive homes and preventing pet overpopulation. Through this mission the League seeks to create a community where all pets are protected and wanted.
Junior Achievement of Central PA Endowment Fund
Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement teaches the key pillars of economic success: Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, and Work Readiness. Junior Achievement partners with members of the business community to teach young people lessons in personal finance, business, and the world of work. Together, we are inspiring young people to build a better future for themselves and their community.
Junior League of Lancaster Endowment Fund
This fund was created to provide a dependable source of income in support of the objectives of the Junior League of Lancaster and the League’s commitment to the community.
Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund
Lancaster Bar Association Foundation Endowment
This fund assists the Lancaster Bar Association Foundation in fulfilling its mission to improve the lives of Lancaster County residents by promoting equal access to justice through philanthropy, education and service.
Lancaster Building Industry Foundation Fund
To provide, by means of charitable giving, community based opportunities, education, and service related to the building industry.
Lancaster County Career &Technology Foundation Endowment Fund
This endowment fund was established by the Lancaster County Career & Technology Foundation as a new initiative to expand the support of Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (LCCTC) students. The fund provides scholarships to qualified high school and adult students to help them advance their careers through post-secondary education. It also provides needed financial assistance to current students of the LCCTC.
Lancaster County Conservancy Endowment
This fund supports the conservation efforts of the Lancaster County Conservancy in perpetuity. The Conservancy works to save and steward the ecosystems and landscapes upon which we depend for food, clean water and air, economic and public health, and the restoration of soul and spirit.
Lancaster County Council of Churches Community Services Fund
The Lancaster County Council of Churches serves people in need of food, clothing and social services in Lancaster County. Our goal: eliminating hunger, promoting self-sufficiency, enhancing human dignity, and working to promote a better community. Current efforts include our Wheels to Work program which promotes family stability by providing reliable transportation and hope. The program jump starts and supports car ownership for families, a key to self-reliance.
Lancaster County Heritage Decorative Arts Fund
This fund was established for the benefit of the preservation, curatorial care, exhibition and storage of the decorative arts objects owned by the Heritage Center of Lancaster County and formerly exhibited at their Heritage Center Museum. This fund will provide for the long-term maintenance and preservation of these objects and will assist in providing a home for the artifacts in Lancaster County.
Lancaster County Heritage Quilt Fund
This fund was established for the benefit of the preservation, curatorial care, exhibition and storage of the quilts held by the Heritage Center of Lancaster County in their Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum. This fund will provide for the long-term maintenance and preservation of these objects and will assist in providing a home for the artifacts in Lancaster County.
Lancaster Public Library Fund
This fund supports the mission of the Lancaster Public Library by providing a place for county residents to obtain access to books, materials, internet, technological resources, meeting space, reference services, programming and many other services.
Lancaster YMCA Foundation Fund
The Lancaster YMCA Foundation exists to provide and serve as stewards for a permanent endowment to preserve the mission and services of the Lancaster Family YMCA. The Foundation supports current YMCA programs and is creating a legacy to ensure that the Lancaster Family YMCA will continue to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.
Lititz Rec Center Endowment Fund
This fund will support Lititz Rec Center in creating programs to benefit youth in our growing community; to provide access to local, safe and healthy programs for families with limited financial capacity; and to secure funds for responsible reinvestment in a facility that will serve generations to come.
Manheim Township Public Library Endowment
Mental Health America Endowment Fund
This fund will be used to support the education and advocacy programs of MHALC, a volunteer-driven agency dedicated to improving the lives of persons with mental and emotional illnesses, working to prevent these illnesses and promoting mental well-being for all through support, friendship matches, peer advocate & educational services.
Milagro House Education Fund
Funds in the Milagro House Education Endowment will be used exclusively to further the education of the residents of Milagro House. This may include but not be limited to purchasing books and other teaching supplies for the on-site GED and enrichment program, GED test fees, scholarships for qualified residents to attend post-secondary programs, certification or registration fees for educational testing, teacher salary, and cost for driving instruction.
New Holland Band Foundation Fund
This fund is used for preserving live music performances by the New Holland Band. The funds will be used to supplement or pay the cost of live music concerts for the cultural and educational benefit of our community.
North Museum Heritage Fund
This fund is for the general operational support of the North Museum of Natural History & Science. The North Museum is a resource to the community, preserving and protecting over 360,000 objects and artifacts that focus on the natural heritage of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Occupational Development Center Fund
This fund supports the Occupational Developmental Center, which provides high-quality and cost-effective nonprofit vocational training and employment opportunities for Lancaster County adults with developmental disabilities.
PA Farm Link Endowment Fund
This fund supports the charitable and educational purposes of the PA Farm Link, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of creating farming opportunities for the next generation.
PA Guild of Craftsmen
This fund provides ongoing support and stability toward educational and arts enrichment programming. The Guild’s Three Tier Craft Education program features ongoing workshops and other opportunities for emerging artists, established professionals and the craft collector or enthusiast who loves and supports their fine work.
Parish Resource Center Church Renewal Initiative
The proceeds of this fund will be used to support programs that encourage innovation in the Lancaster church community.
Philhaven Endowment Fund
This fund helps to sustain Philhaven’s ability to provide behavioral healthcare resources in the communities it serves. These resources include services to clients who cannot otherwise afford them, prevention and educational resources for clients and the general public, start-up funds for new initiatives, and staffing or materials that add value to current services and resources.
Ralph H Goodno Riverlands Fund
This fund provides revenue to protect, operate, maintain, improve and promote the property and other lands and facilities managed as part of the Conservation Landscape Plan along the Lower Susquehanna River in Lancaster and York Counties for public conservation and recreation use.
Rotary Club of Lancaster Centennial Fund
The Rotary Centennial Fund is to encourage endowment giving from Rotary members, Rotary families and the community. Funds will be used by the Rotary Club of Lancaster Foundation to support community programs in the City of Lancaster, School District of Lancaster and surrounding communities.
Samaritan Counseling Center Endowment
This fund will support and further the mission of the Center, which is to foster hope and healing through professional counseling, consultation and education while respecting and integrating personal and spiritual values. The Center strives to ensure that quality professional counseling services are accessible to all people, regardless of ability to pay full fee. Donated funds make it possible for the Center to subsidize fees for those who have little or no financial resources. We are dedicated to excellence and committed to being the agency of choice for mental health services in Lancaster County.
Sertoma Club of Lancaster County 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.
Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center Endowment Fund
The Historical Society of Cocalico Valley Endowment Fund
This fund supports the activities and projects associated with acquiring, preserving, and interpreting material (artifacts, documents, manuscripts, etc.) pertaining to the rich cultural heritage known as the Cocalico Valley and for making this material accessible to the public.
Tabor Community Services: A. Grace Wenger Endowment
Fund established for the benefit of Tabor Community Services to help people help themselves and solve their housing and financial problems and in the process rebuild their lives and contribute to the health of our community.
Tabor Community Services: Beth Shalom "House of Peace"
Fund established for the benefit of Beth Shalom – House of Peace, the V. Ronald & Diane L. Smith “Home for a New Start” Fund to provide a structured residential program that equips single mothers to learn positive parenting and life skills and to pursue financial responsibility through schooling and employment. Christian faith is at the core of the guiding principles, values and objectives of the program.
Tabor Community Services: Transitional Living Center Fund
Fund established for the benefit of Transitional Living Center (formerly known as Harb-Adult) to provide a transitional shelter program with supportive services for homeless individuals, couples and families who are in need of temporary housing as they transition into permanent housing.
UDS Independent Living Resource Center Fund
The UDS Independent Living Resource Center was created to provide support for people with disabilities, the elderly, veterans and people recovering from surgery in the Lancaster community in navigating the maze of agencies and companies that provide services. It is an innovative one-stop source of information, products, services and programs designed to support their unique needs and help them to live more independently.
Veritas Academy Fund
The purpose of this fund is to help Veritas Academy fulfill its mission by supporting capital and scholarship needs.
YWCA Lancaster Endowment Fund
This fund strengthens the work of the YWCA to fulfill its mission of empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all by providing a permanent source of revenue for its endeavors.
Donors established these funds to help support the emerging and ever-changing needs of Lancaster County.
Polite Family Community Association
The Polite Family Community Association Fund works to mentor, coach and foster community service and education for generations, and to work as a bridge that fosters and develops community achievement and advancement through collaborative partnerships.
Jessica L. Drey Fund
This fund supports health and human services for low income individuals in Lancaster County.
John R. Baldwin Leadership Fund
John R. Baldwin Leadership Fund supports the Baldwin Fellowship Program. Every year we offer a personal and professional development program for community benefit leaders in Lancaster County. The program honors former board director Reverend John R. Baldwin for his outstanding 20 years of service to the Community Foundation.
Our most flexible funds, designed by donors to support the emerging needs of our community. See all of these funds by clicking View Fund.
Donors establish scholarship funds provide educational opportunities for local students. To see a full list and apply for a scholarship click here.
James R. Buescher Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund celebrates the life of James Buescher, an accomplished writer, by providing assistance for students pursuing a career related to creative writing, journalism, communications, theater, or anthropology.