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Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation

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In 1986, Mechanicsburg community leaders established the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation (MACF) to build permanent endowments to benefit the Mechanicsburg area’s ZIP codes of 17055 and 17050. MACF decided to affiliate itself as a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities to help minimize the expenses associated with creating an independent community foundation. The MACF Advisory Committee provides insight on local issues to strengthen fundraising and grantmaking efforts for the benefit of Mechanicsburg area residents.


Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation currently manages 72 funds with assets totaling $5,930,841.00 (12/31/17).

For a complete list funds, please click here.

Advisory Committee

Patricia Ferris, Chair
Patti Herring, Vice Chair
John Anthony, II
Leslie Collins
Dale A. Flor
Holly J. Laufer
Dr. Mark Leidy
Michael J. Malpezzi
Anna May Nauss
John Petrie
Jeanne Souder
Murrel R. Walters III
Gary B. Weber

Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Robert E. Caplan, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, serve as ex officios on all committees.

Director Emeritus

Foster M. Berkheimer
David Coover
Charles E. Shields, Sr. (posthumously)


MACF conducts an annual competitive grantmaking program for nonprofit organizations serving the Mechanicsburg area (zip codes 17050 & 17055). MACF’s strategic grantmaking focus is to invest in innovative, collaborative approaches and solutions to community problems, and to support projects that demonstrate achievable outcomes, the potential for replication as a model program, and plans for sustainability beyond the grant term. The overarching goal is to fund programs and services that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in the Mechanicsburg area.

Please click here for more information on how to apply.

2018 Advisory Committee Directed Grants Total: $48,040.00

Recipient Grant Amount
Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Capital Region Inc. $7,500.00
Employment Skills Center $10,000.00
Girls On the Run Capital Area $2,500.00
Homeland Center $12,000.00
Hospice of Central Pennsylvania $12,000.00
Please Live $4,040.00

2017 Total Grants Awarded*: $242,002.00

*Includes grants directed by donors and grants directed by Advisory Committee.


2018 Scholarships Total: $71,022.00

Awardees for 2018 scholarships were:

  • Seidle Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Cynthia L. Coller Memorial Scholarship – $1,000.00
    • Annabelle Tosh
  • Ken and Romaine Kauffman Scholarship – $500.00
    • Nina-Mari Vietze
  • Mechanicsburg Area High School Alumni Association Fund – $35,690.00
    • Sage Maguire – $5,765.00
    • Smaran Teru – $5,765.00
    • Aaron Zimmerman – $5,765.00
    • Michala Geraty – $5,765.00
    • Jacey Crayton – $5,765.00
    • Morgan Cupp – $5,765.00
    • Hudson Onkst – $1,100.00
  • Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg Charitable Fund – $10,000.00
    • Samantha Belz – $2,000.00
    • Allison Brosius – $2,000.00
    • Hannah Hinssen – $2,000.00
    • Natasha Mauger – $2,000.00
    • Smaran Teru – $2,000.00
  • Operation Wildcat Scholarship Fund – $4,000.00
    • Michala Geraty
  • Dorothy M. Peele Scholarship Fund – $2,500.00
    • Priscilla Diamond
  • Bertha and Byron L. Reppert Scholarship – $3,000.00
    • Brenna Bowerman – $1,000.00
    • Caleb Clawser – $1,000.00
    • Olivia Moyer – $1,000.00
  • Rice Family Scholarship Fund of Eichelbergers, Inc. – $8,000.00
    • Ashlee Weigle
  • Charles Shields Scholarship Fund – $861.00
    • Harrison Stough
  • Singiser Family Fund – $4,000.00
    • Tylyn Cupp – $1,000.00
    • Morgan Cupp – $1,000.00
    • Michala Geraty – $1,000.00
    • Smaran Teru – $1,000.00
  • Richard N. Wevodau Scholarship – $1,471.00
    • Jane Mylin

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