Mechanicsburg Area Foundation

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Downtown Mechanicsburg Looking East

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Gingerbread Man, Downtown Mechanicsburg

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Downtown Mechanicsburg

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Mechanicsburg Train Station

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In 1986, Mechanicsburg community leaders established the Mechanicsburg Area Foundation (MAF) to build permanent endowments to benefit the Mechanicsburg area’s Zip Codes of 17055 and 17050. MAF decided to affiliate itself as a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, formerly The Greater Harrisburg Foundation, to help minimize the expenses associated with creating an independent community foundation. The MAF Advisory Committee provides insight on local issues to strengthen fundraising and grantmaking efforts for the benefit of Mechanicsburg area residents.

Advisory Committee

Scott J. Christ, Chair
John Anthony
Bob Carey
Leslie Collins
Tita Eberly
Patricia Ferris
Dale A. Flor
Patti Herring
Linda Mohler Humes
Parker H. Kuhns
Michael J. Malpezzi
Alan T. Vandrew
Murrel R. Walters III
Gary Weber
Earnie Zimmerman
L. Jeffrey Mattern, ex officio

Director Emeritus

Foster M. Berkheimer
David Coover
Charles E. Shields, Sr. (posthumously)

Reports to the Community

maf2016 Mechanicsburg Area Foundation 2015 Report to the Community 2012 ANNUAL REPORT 2011 ANNUAL REPORT
2016 Report to the Community 2015 Report to the Community 2012 Report to the Community 2011 Report to the Community


Mechanicsburg Area Foundation currently manages 67 funds with assets totaling $4,370,633.00 (12/31/15).

For a complete list funds, please click here.

Grants Information

MAF conducts an annual competitive grantmaking program for nonprofit organizations serving the Mechanicsburg area (zip codes 17050 & 17055). MAF’s strategic grantmaking focus is to invest in innovative, collaborative approaches and solutions to community problems, and to support projects that demonstrate achievable outcomes, the potential for replication as a model program, and plans for sustainability beyond the grant term. The overarching goal is to fund programs and services that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in the Mechanicsburg area.

Please click here for more information on how to apply.

2016 Advisory Committee Directed Grants Total: $44,687.00

Recipient Grant Amount
Alzheimer’s Disease And Related Disorders Association Inc. $3,800.00
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – South Central PA $2,000.00
Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Capital Region Inc. $1,500.00
Capital Area Girls On the Run $1,500.00
Employment Skills Center $4,000.00
Home for The Friendless $7,936.00
Hospice of Central Pennsylvania $3,500.00
Joseph T Simpson Public Library $5,000.00
Julian Dorsey Foundation $1,500.00
Mechanicsburg Area Meals On Wheels $5,000.00
New Hope Ministries Inc. $2,500.00
Please Live $1,372.00
Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg Inc. $2,281.00
Setebaid Services Inc. $2,798.00

2015 Total Grants Awarded*: $228,859.00

*Includes grants directed by donors and grants directed by Advisory Committee.

Scholarship Information

2016 Scholarships Total: $47,764.00

Awardees for 2016 scholarships were:

  • Seidle Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Cynthia L. Coller Memorial Scholarship – $750
    • Alec Gehman
  • Carol Hoy Scholarship – $696
    • Marissa Geraty
  • Ken and Romaine Kauffman Scholarship – $1,400
    • Brittany Shields – $350
    • Miranda Yothers – $350
    • Anna Harvey – $350
    • Hayley Harvey – $350
  • Mechanicsburg Area High School Alumni Association Fund – $27,600
    • Tylyn Cupp – $5,300
    • Marissa Geraty – $5,300
    • Mariana King – $5,300
    • Jacob Kurtz – $5,300
    • Alexx Miller – $5,300
    • Eugene Rodgers (Berkheimer Award) – $1,100
  • Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg Charitable Fund – $10,000
    • Jessica Hatch – $2,000
    • Daniel Hinssen – $2,000
    • Mariana King – $2,000
    • Emily La Bianca – $2,000
    • Cassandra White – $2,000
  • Bertha and Byron L. Reppert Scholarship – $2,000
    • Allyson Fea – $1,000
    • Gina Joy – $1,000
  • Charles Shields Scholarship Fund – $814
    • Alec Gehman
  • Singiser Family Fund – $3,600
    • Tylyn Cupp – $1,200
    • Jacob Kurtz – $1,200
    • KieuHanh Nguyen – $1,200
  • Richard N. Wevodau Scholarship – $904
    • Sage Ellefsen