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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 75 funds with assets totaling $6,834,301 (12/31/20).

For a complete list funds, please click here.

Advisory Committee

Patricia Herring, Chair
Murrel Walters III, Vice Chair
John Anthony II
Amy Bockis
Susanna Reppert-Brill
Sue Erdman
Patricia Ferris
Dale Flor
Shawn Greenland
Mark Leidy
John Petrie
Gary Weber
Linda Willis

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.

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2020 Advisory Committee Directed Grants Total: $74,976.00

Recipient Grant Amount
Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc.  $    3,750.00
Capital Area Girls on the Run  $    4,215.00
Capital Area Head Start, a division of Keystone Partnership  $    5,000.00
Community CARES  $    3,048.00
Employment Skills Center  $    5,800.00
Homeland Hospice  $    7,200.00
Hospice of Central Pennsylvania  $    7,200.00
Joseph T. Simpson Public Library  $  10,000.00
Junior Achievement of South Central PA, Inc.  $    7,200.00
Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village  $    4,867.00
New Hope Ministries, Inc.  $    7,000.00
PennCares  $    5,096.00
Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research  $    1,000.00
The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties  $    3,600.00

2020 Total Grants Awarded*: $236,829

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


2020 Scholarships Total: $59,968.00

Awardees for 2020 scholarships were:


  • Carol Hoy Scholarship
    • Delaney McWilliams – $1,000.00
  • Judith A. Ingram Memorial Scholarship
    • Ilana Jacobson – $1,500.00
    • Delany McWilliams – $1,500.00
    • Isly Ward – $1,500.00
  • Mechanicsburg Area High School Alumni Association Fund
    • Brando Aristy – $5,650.00
    • Alexa Elicher – $5,650.00
    • Maxwell Hahn – $5,650.00
    • Delaney McWilliams – $5,650.00
    • Hannah Wilburn – $5,650.00
  • Harry A. Berkheimer Lineman of the Year Scholarship
    • Brando Aristy – $1,100.00
  • Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg Charitable Fund
    • Katherine Anthony – $2,000.00
    • Maxwell Hahn – $2,000.00
    • Mackenzie Johnston – $2,000.00
    • Marissa Raup – $2,000.00
    • Amanda Smith – $2,000.00
  • Operation Wildcat Scholarship Fund
    • Tyler Schwarzman – $4,000.00
  • Dorothy M. Peele Scholarship Fund
    • Candice Baum – $2,000.00
  • Bertha and Byron L. Reppert Scholarship
    • Anita Laudenslager – $1,000.00
    • Tyler Schwarzman – $1,000.00
    • Andrew Waldman – $1,000.00
  • Charles Shields Scholarship Fund
    • Jose R. Renteria Aguilera – $746.00
  • Singiser Family Fund
    • Michala Geraty – $1,400.00
    • Anita Laudenslager – $1,000.00
    • Grace Weidman – $1,400.00
  • Richard N. Wevodau Scholarship
    • Jane Mylin – $1,572.00

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