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In This Issue
What's New on the Web
2011 Scholarship Season Review
Establishing a Scholarship Fund
AIDS Fund - Public Policy Mission to Expand
Capital Beginnings
Regional Foundations
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What's New on the Web

-The Foundation for Enhancing Communities is now on Facebook! Click here to 'Like' us!
-Franklin County Foundation grant applications are due August 26. Click here for more information on applying for a grant or grant deadlines.

- Mechanicsburg
 grant applications are due August 26. Click here for more information on applying for a grant or grant deadlines.

-The Greater Harrisburg Foundation Announces 2nd Grant Awards of 2011. Click here to learn more about the Greater Harrisburg Foundation.

-Community Action Commission (CAC) is our current Featured Nonprofit. Click here to learn more about the organization.

-Dawn Kelley, our new Program Officer for Community Investment, is our Featured Employee. Click here to learn more about Dawn.

-TFEC recently held 4 nonprofit services presentations providing an overview of the services that TFEC offers local nonprofits, associations, individuals, and other stakeholders. For more information, click here.  


-GreatNonprofits is a wonderful tool to help gain visibility for your nonprofit. If you'd like help updating or creating a profile on this Web site, contact Allison Moesta, intern, at amoesta@tfec.org. To see our profile and write a review,  click here
CollegeBlocks2011 Scholarship Season Review
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) is pleased to announce another successful scholarship season has come to a close. Through the more than 80 scholarships currently administered by TFEC, nearly $800,000 in scholarships was awarded to over 350 students. Click here to read more.
Establishing a Scholarship Fund
Establishing a scholarship fund with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) offers donors great flexibility in meeting their philanthropic goals by assisting students in continuing their educational pursuits. Currently, TFEC administers 83 scholarship funds with combined total assets of $8,210,781 (as of June 30, 2011). Click here to read more.
AIDS Fund - Public Policy Mission to ExpandAIDS Logo

One key component of the work of the AIDS Fund is to review and comment on pending changes in public policy impacting on persons with HIV/AIDS in South Central Pennsylvania. At the state level pro bono support from Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney includes detailed anaylsis and alerts about pending legislative or executive actions. AIDS United, which has supported the AIDS Fund, provides similar information about federal changes. Then it is up to AIDS Fund volunteers and staff to take appropriate action.

AIDS United has recently emphasized its goal of intensifying public policy activites to ultimately improve services and resources. The implications for the AIDS Fund are significant and will require additional volunteers to address an expanded advocacy agenda. Interested persons should contact Bob Haigh, Chair of the Public Policy Committee, at bob.haigh@comcast.net or Rosemary Browne, Director of Programs & Community Investment, at rosemary@tfec.org. If you care about sustaining the gains made in life for persons with HIV/AIDS in our area, consider joining the Public Policy Committee.

Capital Beginnings

Capital Beginnings is the Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN) for Dauphin County. As the county's LEARN Organization we are composed of a variety of citizens throughout the community who have an interest in supporting and promoting quality early learning for Pennsylvania's children. Participants in the LEARN team may act as a local grassroots connection between families and the resources they seek in promoting and supporting personal responsibility and choice for all Pennsylvania families around quality learning opportunities. Click here to learn more about Capital Beginnings.

Regional Foundations

Franklin County Foundation 

Local Nonprofit Gives Back To Franklin County Foundation


Since 2006, the Franklin County Foundation (FCF) has supported the Chambersburg Quilt Guild through two grants totaling $7,500.00. These grants were used to document antique quilts of Franklin County pre-1950 and subsequently publish a full color, hard bound book highlighting them.  The purpose of this project is to preserve the quilting tradition and to provide an outlet for these artistic treasures to be seen and appreciated by generations to come. The book, titled Quilt Treasures of Yesteryear features over 250 quilts, with documentation information secured in a database overseen by the Kittochtinny Historical Society. The Chambersburg Quilt Guild is a nonprofit organization that gives back to their community. Service projects include donation of baby quilts to Pregnancy Ministries, donation of raffle proceeds to local nonprofits such as Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and Women in Need, donations to the American Cancer Society, and many more. Recently, the Quilt Guild "paid it forward" by donating proceeds from the book back to FCF. The donated funds went into unrestricted grant funds to be used by the FCF Advisory Committee when making grants to worthy Franklin County nonprofit agencies.  FCF will conduct their annual grantmaking for 2011 in October. For more information on how to apply for an FCF grant, click here.


The Franklin County Foundation was established in 1987 as a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. FCF is chaired by Robert Zullinger, and overseen by an advisory committee of 13 community volunteers.


Mechanicsburg Area Foundation

The Mechanicsburg Area Foundation (MAF) has been busy the past few months drafting a report to the community covering the last three years. The report includes grants made, new funds established, scholarships awarded, and MAF's overall continued commitment to their local community throughout the years. Copies will soon be available by clicking here.


MAF's assets continue to grow through new agency funds and most recently a bequest which will increase the unrestricted dollars available to the community. The MAF Advisory Committee will have the ability to utilize these unrestricted funds to support local nonprofits through grants. MAF is currently accepting grant applications through August 26, 2011. Click here for more information on how to apply for a MAF grant.


MAF was founded in 1987 as a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. MAF is chaired by Tita Hershner Eberly, and overseen by an advisory committee of 12 community volunteers, including new committee member Elyse Rogers.


Save the date for the MAF Annual Awards Breakfast being held on November 8, 2011. Grants will be awarded to local nonprofits chosen through MAF's competitive grantmaking program.


Perry County Community Foundation

The Perry County Community Foundation (PCCF) has been very active over the past several months. Under the leadership of Jeff Mattern, chair, and the advisory committee of 15 community volunteers, PCCF has recently acquired three new agency funds from the Newport Boy Scout Troop #222, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and the Historical Society of Perry County. Through their new funds, these agencies will ensure their long-term sustainability through endowment building. Additionally, there is a new donor-advised fund, the Lotus Fund, a new future scholarship fund, and several estates that PCCF will be acquiring in the near future.


PCCF's recent growth can be attributed to word of mouth, along with their circulation of a new color brochure, printed in-kind by the Perry Printing Company. This new tool provides an overview of PCCF, their funds, grantmaking, and establishing funds. Click here to view the new brochure.


PCCF has also welcomed three new advisory committee members recently: Merril Brofee; Dr. James Kipp; and Harriet Magee. PCCF was founded in 1987 as a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.



For more information about any of TFEC's regional foundations, please contact Jennifer Doyle, Asset Development Associate at jdoyle@tfec.org.

About The Foundation for Enhancing Communities 

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) is a community foundation which aims to stimulate philanthropy and enhance the quality of life in the community through accumulating, managing, and disbursing financial assets, and serving as a catalyst and neutral convener to meet a wide range of community needs in the south central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, and also in the Dillsburg area. Regional foundations of TFEC include the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, the Franklin County Foundation, the Mechanicsburg Area Foundation, the Perry County Community Foundation, the Camp Hill Community Foundation, and the Dillsburg Area Foundation.