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Regional Foundations: Greater Harrisburg Foundation

Greater Harrisburg Foundation | Mechanicsburg Area Foundation | Franklin County Foundation | Perry County Community Foundation
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The Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF) was originally established in 1920 by Donald McCormick. In 2005, GHF changed its name to The Foundation for Enhancing Communities in order to better reflect its mission rather than geographic location. The name GHF was maintained as the representative entity charged with carrying out the grantmaking efforts as one of six current regional foundations. GHF makes grants to nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry counties, and the Dillsburg Area.


The Greater Harrisburg Foundation currently manages 506 funds with assets totaling $56,096,291.00 (12/31/13).

For a complete listing of funds, please click here.

Grants Information

Grant Deadlines for 2014 (Please click here for more information on How to Apply.)
Grant guidelines and application materials are made available approximately 8 weeks prior to the application deadline.

Futher information will be provided regarding the status of 2014 Greater Harrisburg Foundation grantmaking in January 2014.

Grantmaking Committee
Cynthia T. Tolsma, Chair
Marilynn Abrams

Dr. David Bronstein
Linda A. Hicks
Renee Lieux
Edwin Nieves
Karen F. Snider
Kathy L. Pape, ex officio

2nd Round, 2013 Grants Total: $87,401.00

RecipientGrant Amount
Alder Health Services Inc.$4,440.00
Angels of Faith Youth Transitional Facility Inc.$2,368.00
Beacon Clinic for Health & Hope$8,000.00
Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg$5,000.00
Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area$2,000.00
Capital Resource Conservation and Development Inc.$2,000.00
Carlisle Victory Circle$2,000.00
Center for Champions of PA Inc.$2,000.00
Centre County Youth Service Bureau$2,200.00
Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministry$5,000.00
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries$1,000.00
Employment Skills Center$5,000.00
Family Health Council of Central PA Inc.$3,000.00
Family Support of Central PA Inc.$1,500.00
Gamut Theatre Group Inc.$2,000.00
Hamilton Health Center Inc.$2,500.00
Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin Co Inc.$1,000.00
Hope Station Opportunity Area Neighborhood Council$1,500.00
Hope Within Ministries Inc.$2,500.00
Hospice of Central Pennsylvania$1,000.00
Join Hands Ministry$2,500.00
Jump Street$1,000.00
Mechanicsburg Museum Association$1,000.00
Millersburg Borough$2,802.00
Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art$2,000.00
Newport Revitalization and Preservation Society$1,000.00
Northern Dauphin County Christian School Association$1,841.00
Program for Female Offenders of South Central PA Inc.$2,250.00
Rebuilding Together Great Harrisburg Inc.$2,500.00
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region Inc.$2,500.00
Special Olympics Pennsylvania Inc.$1,000.00
Susquehanna Chorale Inc.$5,000.00
Susquehanna Folk Music Society Inc.$2,000.00
The Arc of Dauphin County$2,000.00
Third Space Dance$2,000.00

1st Round, 2013 Grants Total: $98,565.08

RecipientGrant Amount
Artistic Expressions$2,000.00
Barak Drama Ministries Inc.$5,000.00
Carlisle Arts Learning Center Inc.$2,000.00
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg$4,500.00
Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Youth Company Inc.$1,000.00
Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministry, Inc.$4,000.00
Growing Strong$5,275.00
Habitat for Humanity of Lebanon County$3,000.00
Harrisburg Area YMCA - Northern Dauphin County Branch$3,000.00
Lebanon Valley Harvest Ministries$1,900.00
Leg Up Farm Inc.$2,000.00
New Hope Ministries Inc.$2,000.00
Northern Dauphin County Christian School Association$3,496.08
Open Stage of Harrisburg$5,000.00
Paxton Street Home Benevolent Society Inc. DBA Paxton Ministries$3,174.00
Pennsylvania Regional Ballet$2,500.00
Perry County Council of the Arts$1,920.00
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA$1,800.00
Second Chance Ministries of Pennsylvania$5,000.00
Shalom House$5,000.00
Shiloh Center for Community Outreach Inc.$3,000.00
The Partnership for Hope$5,000.00
Tri-County Long-Term Disaster Recovery Committee$5,000.00
Upper Dauphin Human Services Center Inc.$3,000.00
Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania$5,000.00
Volunteers of America Inc.$3,000.00
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg$2,500.00

Scholarship Information

2014 Scholarships Total: $1,010,903.00
369 students received scholarships from the Greater Harrisburg Foundation for the 2014/2015 school year.

Click here for a complete list of scholarships and recipients. 

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, 200 North Third Street, P. O. Box 678, Harrisburg, PA 17108-0678,
Telephone: (717) 236-5040, Fax: (717) 231-4463