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Perry County Community Foundation

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The Perry County Community Foundation (PCCF), established in 1987, is a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. PCCF makes discretionary grants to nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Perry County. PCCF also serves as a vehicle for individuals, companies, foundations, and charitable organizations to establish funds that will support the civic, social, educational, and cultural well-being of individuals living in Perry County. PCCF ensures that all gifts, ranging from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars, will work to improve the quality of life for Perry County residents, today and in the future.


The Perry County Community Foundation currently manages 63 funds with assets totaling $6,023,382 (12/31/22).

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Advisory Committee

Marel King, Co-chair
Gwendolyn Soult, Co-chair
Genna Brownback
Celia Elmes
Mark Keller
Rick Knepp
Margaret Raub
Lauren Tressler

Robert E. Caplan, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Romeo Azondekon, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, serve as ex officios on all committees.

Directors Emeriti

Susan Collins (posthumous)
Joan Holman (posthumous)
Lenus Haines
Mary Landis (posthumous)
Jeffrey Mattern
Hon. William Moore

In appreciation to Joan Holman for her vision and leadership in the founding of the Perry County Community Foundation.


The Perry County Community Foundation (PCCF), a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), conducts an annual competitive grantmaking program for nonprofit organizations serving Perry county. PCCF seeks 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 Perry County.  Through its grantmaking, PCCF invests in innovative, collaborative approaches and solutions to community problems and supports projects that demonstrate achievable outcomes, the potential for replication as a model program, and plans for sustainability beyond the grant term.

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2023 Advisory Committee Directed Grants Total: $26,052.83

Blue Mountain Escape, Inc. | $1,505 
Blue Mountain Escape strives to provide South Central PA safe, structured housing and recovery services for victims of substance use disorders that focus on women, pregnant and postpartum women, and women with children. Funds will be used for emergency basic needs and workforce development programs.  
Central Perry Community Senior Citizen’s Center | $2,500 
Funds will be used to update the current residential-style sink to a 3-compartment sink to accommodate increased participants and to distribute daily meals safely within the Department of Agriculture guidelines. 
Cove Mountain Community Theatre | $3,100 
Funds will be used for the 2023 Summer Musical in order to fulfill the organization’s mission to increase the public knowledge and appreciation of local talents in the Susquenita and surrounding communities through theater. 
Friends of Clarks Ferry Tavern | $2,500 
Funds will be used to support restoration Duncannon’s historic Clarks Ferry Tavern as a welcome and interpretive center. Restoration will encourage heritage, recreational and cultural tourism, thus providing educational and economic stimulus to Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties. 
Girls on the Run Mid State PA | $2,000 
GOTR Mid State PA will provide evidence-based 10-week afterschool programs and a weeklong summer camp that builds the skills and tools to support the mental, emotional, social, and physical health of girls in grades 3-8 throughout Perry County. 
Harrisburg Symphony Association | $3,197.83 
The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) presents inspiring symphonic performances and educational programs for audiences of all ages. Through this grant opportunity, HSO will present a free summer concert at Millerstown Community Park on Monday, July 3, 2023. 
Perry County Council of the Arts | $1,750 
Perry County Council of the Arts connects the rural community of Perry County through the arts. PerryLive! Performances will bring national, regional, and local acts to Little Buffalo State Park’s Moore Performance Pavilion for free, outdoor entertainment. The series supports increased cultural offerings for rural Perry County residents and visitors. 
Perry County Literacy Council | $3,500 
PCLC has taken a leading role as a gateway agency to self-sufficiency for Perry Countians who experience both immediate and long-term educational, economic, and personal challenges. Funding will support the council’s Pearson VUE Test Center renovation. 
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA | $3,000 
The Ronald McDonald House keeps families together by providing temporary housing to out-of-town families of seriously ill children who are being treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital. Funds will provide overnight stays to Perry County families at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey. 
Watts-Buffalo Community Center | $3,000 
The Watts-Buffalo Community Center promotes and provides civic projects and programs in the interest of health, education, recreation, and social welfare of the citizens of Watts Township and the Borough of New Buffalo and surrounding townships. Funds will provide important building renovations and improvements to the Community Center complex. 

2022 Grants Awarded*: $319,471

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


2022 Scholarships Total: $69,491 | 16 students

Scholarships Offered:

  • Justin Boose Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • The CODY Foundation Scholarship
  • Baird and Mary Jane Collins Scholarship
  • Carrie and George Lyter Scholarship
  • Frank M. Magee Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Lee C. Morrissey Fund
  • Megan Moyer Seiber Memorial Scholarship
  • Larry C. Sheibley-Beasom Valedictorian Scholarship
  • Larry C. Sheibley-Beasom Salutatorian Scholarship
  • Larry C. Sheibley-Beasom Third Highest Academic Scholarship
  • Pauline M. Whitekettle Memorial Scholarship Fund for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

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