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What's New on the Web
TFEC Revises Grantmaking Segments Based on Funding & Level of Impact
IRA Charitable Rollover
Event Recap
The AIDS Fund of South Central PA
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What's New on the Web

-Whitaker Fund for Science and Math grant applications are due May 6; Greater Harrisburg Foundation grant applications, including the Lenker Fund and Ben Franklin Fund, are due May 9. Click here for more information on applying for a grant or grant deadlines.

-The Greater Harrisburg Foundation Announces 1st Grant Awards of 2011. Click here to learn more about the Greater Harrisburg Foundation.

-Family and Children Services of Lebanon Announces 2011 Grant Awards.

-The Perry County Community Foundation Announces 2011 Grant Awards. Click here to learn more about the Perry County Community Foundation.

-The Spanish American Civic Association: Centro Hispano (SACA) is our current Featured Nonprofit. Click here to learn more about the organization.

-Jennifer Doyle, Asset Development Associate, is our Featured Employee. Click here to learn more about Jenn.

-Photos from the December 2010 AIDS Luncheon have now been posted online. Click here to check them out!

TFEC Revises Grantmaking Segments Based on Funding & Level of Impact
In October of 2010, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) celebrated 90 years of service to the community! Over the years, we have periodically examined our funding priorities, our approach to investing in solutions to community problems, and our relationship as funders and program partners with the nonprofit community. Most notably, we've asked ourselves a key question, "How has our grantmaking improved the quality of life in the region?" Impact took on a more prominent role in our evaluation of how funded projects were making a difference in the lives of individuals and families... Click here to Read More.
IRA Charitable Rollover

As of January 1 of this year, individuals 70 or older remained eligible to rollover up to $100,000 a year from a traditional IRA for charitable distribution while excluding the amount from their gross income. Originally established through the Pension Protection Act of 2006, this charitable option has been extended over the years through various provisions and most recently by President Obama's signing of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.

The benefit of such a transfer is that donors will not have to take the rollover into their federally taxable income before receiving a deduction. This extended rollover provision especially benefits donors who itemize deductions and whose charitable contributions are reduced by the percentage of income limitation.

Donations can be made to community foundations, such as TFEC, into an area of interest fund, scholarship fund, unrestricted fund, or a designated fund where the donor designates the organizations that will receive charitable benefit from the distribution. Donor advised funds are ineligible for these contributions unless the income is first realized and then the charitable contribution is made following the general rules for itemized contribution deductions.

For more information on making an IRA Charitable Rollover, please contact Janice Black, President & CEO, or Jennifer Doyle, Asset Development Associate, at 717-236-5040.

Event Recap

Annual Women's Fund Breakfast

The Annual Women's Fund Breakfast was held on March 31st. Women in attendance heard from XX grantees of the Women's Fund as they talked about the programs for which they received funding. Keeping a dry eye was difficult as we heard stories of the many women helped and the impact the grants have had on our local region. All attendees took home a packet of money tree seeds as a symbol of the seeds that are being planted through the work of the Women's Fund to ensure long term support of issues affecting women and girls for generations to come. If you would like to learn more about the Women's Fund or pledge your support, click here.

Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund 27th Annual Dinner

The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund 27th Annual Dinner was held on March 23, 2011 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel. Approximately 100 people were in attendance at the dinner held each year to honor the memory of Martin M. Sacks and to raise funds to support grantmaking to area agencies serving youth. Since its inception in 1985, the Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund has granted over $110,000 to area nonprofit organizations. During the course of the evening, the 2011 Marty Sacks Award was presented to Richard "R.T." Linsenbach. In addition, Frank DiNatale, Jr. received a special posthumous award.
The AIDS Fund of South Central PA

I recently saw a headline that read "HIV/AIDS: The 30 Years' War" and found myself dumbstruck that we are about to reach the 30th anniversary of the Center for Disease Control's first report of what would come to be called AIDS.

I reflected on all the loved ones and friends I have lost.  The sadness was immediately followed by gratefulness for the advances in treatment that keep many of our friends alive.  I found myself confused by mixed feelings on the issue.  So many have died - and are still dying - so young.  We live in a country where young people, particularly those in the gay community and communities of color, still get HIV at an alarming rate.

The ignorance still surrounds us.  Gaining ground in the battle against HIV stigma and misinformation has been shockingly slow.  In a 2009 Kaiser Family Foundation survey, one out of three U.S. respondents still believe that HIV could be transmitted through a drinking glass, toilet seat or swimming pool.

The South Central PA region ranks 2nd in the state in cases of HIV/AIDS. Of the 7 counties served by the AIDS Fund, 3 are in the top 10 of high incidence counties across the state. After 30 years of HIV/AIDS education there really is no excuse for this happening.

Until there is a cure, the AIDS Fund wants to change that and reduce the number of new infections.  We need to re-engage the leadership of the communities at highest risk: particularly those in the African American, Latino and Gay communities.

As an organization, we fund various prevention programs and direct care service organizations in the seven counties of our service area.  As a special project of The Foundation of Enhancing Communities, we have been reaching out to other community foundations to actively participate and financially support our efforts. We are a community partner of AIDS United (formerly the National AIDS Fund) and receive a 50% match for every dollar we raise at the local level.  To date, we have granted nearly $1.5 million to AIDS service organizations.  These grants fill critical gaps in service that might otherwise remain unfunded.

There are two fundraising events scheduled for 2011.  The first is "The Black and White Party" to be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Zembo Shrine Event Center in Harrisburg.  You can find more information and purchase tickets at The second event is our annual Honoree Luncheon in recognition of World AIDS Day and will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2011.

If you would like to make a direct donation to the AIDS Fund of South Central Pennsylvania you can do so by going to and searching for "AIDS Fund of South Central Pennsylvania" or by calling 717-236-5040. Your contribution will be matched 50% by AIDS United and will change and/or save the lives of those in the communities in which we live.

Until there's a cure...

About The Foundation for Enhancing Communities 

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities 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, Mechanicsburg Area Foundation, Perry County Community Foundation, the Camp Hill Community Foundation, and the Dillsburg Area Foundation.