Benjamin Franklin’s legacy lives on at The Foundation for Enhancing Community (TFEC) through the Greater Harrisburg Foundation’s (GHF) Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund. In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote his last will and testament.  In his will, Franklin directed that after 200 years, half of the accumulated funds of his estate go to the State of Pennsylvania to be used for whatever the public officials felt was necessary.

The State Legislature split the money among most of the community foundations across the state, of which The Foundation for Enhancing Communities was included.  Counties that do not have a community foundation are, for the purposes of the Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund, covered by an adjacent county with a community foundation. 

For purposes of grantmaking from the Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund of the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, the Fund serves Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, and Perry Counties, and the Dillsburg area of York County.

Organizations interested in applying for Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund can get more information on our grants overview page.

Interested in donating? You can donate to Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund here.

2022 Grants

Grants Total: $1,999

Recipient Grant Amount
Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area $1,500.00
Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society $499.00
Lebanon Valley Council On The Arts $1,500.00