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What is TFEC?

For nearly 100 years, TFEC has been supporting the philanthropic interests of donors who want to effect change in their communities.

Creating a better community through philanthropy

TFEC was established in 1920 as The Greater Harrisburg Foundation by Donald McCormick, who wanted to establish an organization to support community members seeking to create long-lasting, meaningful impact.

Paramount to our mission is the practice of handling donated assets and the creation of permanent funds, investment, and grantmaking for the benefit of local nonprofits and the furtherment of its goals within the community it serves.

What is a community foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities serving thousands of people who share a common interest—improving the quality of life within their communities through the creation of charitable funds that help meet the challenges of changing times and critical need.

What does a community foundation do?

Community foundations serve as administrators of what is, in essence, a community endowment: a collection of gifts, large and small, unrestricted and donor advised, given to enhance the quality of life for the local community.

Why do people give through community foundations?

Community foundations allow donors to give where they live. By working with local families, individuals, organizations, and professional advisors, community foundations design gift plans that fit every economic situation—ensuring that donors give back with maximum impact.

The history of TFEC

Originally established in 1920 as The Greater Harrisburg Foundation by founder Donald McCormick, the foundation has a rich history of philanthropic stewardship.

In 1986-1987, GHF greatly expanded its reach and established three additional regional foundations in Mechanicsburg, Franklin County, and Perry County. It would do so again in Dillsburg in 2004.

In 2005, GHF changed its name to The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) in order to better reflect its mission and broadened reach.

Today, TFEC is the 18th oldest community foundation in the country. We provide simple, effective, and personalized services to help donors achieve their charitable goals and create a lasting impact in their communities.

Our Mission

Inspire giving by partnering with donors to achieve their charitable goals, and strengthen our local communities by investing in them now and for future generations.

Our Values

Inclusion

We believe that all voices are vital for our region’s future. We promote equity and embrace the diversity of individuals, ideas, and expressions.

Stewardship

We are prudent and grateful stewards of the assets, time, and talent entrusted to us.

Endurance

We value creating permanent legacies that support long lasting community change.

Integrity

We will accept nothing but the highest standards of honesty, mutual respect, confidentiality, and transparency.

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