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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 61 funds with assets totaling $7,675,697 (12/31/21).

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Advisory Committee
Marel King, Chair
Gwendolyn Soult, Vice Chair
Adam Britcher
Celia Elmes
Mark Keller
Rick Knepp
Margaret (Peggy) Raub

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.

Directors Emeriti

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

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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2022 Advisory Committee Directed Grants Total: $58,746.60

Capital Area Girls on the Run | $2,312.90
Girls on the Run helps girls develop a robust toolkit of skills to successfully and confidently navigate life’s challenges and connections that build resilience. Funding will be used to support Girls on the Run programs in Perry County.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank | $2,912.90
This grant provides resources to Youth Programs operations that distribute fresh and healthy food to Perry County youth and their families, serving more than 1,200 Perry County households more than 69,000 pounds of nutritious, grocery store-quality food.
Duncannon Senior Citizens Center | $2,000
Grant funds will be used to add and update lighting at the Duncannon Senior Citizens Center to enhance their programs, education, and projects. When costs are reduced, additional resources are available for seniors and the community.
Employment Skills Center | $3,000
The Nurse Aide Training Program provides all the training and education necessary to pass the PA State Registry Exam and enter immediate employment in jobs that pay a living wage. With aid from the Perry County Community Foundation, tuition and exam fees are provided to two students in the Nurse Aid Training Program from Perry County.
Historical Society of Perry County | $3,125
The Clark’s Ferry Tavern is a vital part of Pennsylvania history. Funding from The Perry County Community Foundation will support the restoration of the Tavern and to help pay for increased liability and insurance costs as restoration advances and the management stage is reached.
Join Hands Ministry | $3,500
The Back 2 School program provides Perry County students in first to twelfth grades with tools for success. Students shop for new shoes, school supplies and a new haricut These three areas help children in our community look and feel more like their peers, allowing them to be excited for the start of the school year.
Junior Achievement of South-Central PA | $2,412.90
The Junior Achievement BizTown program teaches students about civic responsibility, basic economics, career exploration, and the job acquisition process. This grant will provide access to the program for students in three Perry County school districts.
Keystone System Services | $6,198
Grant funds will be used to provide children and families in need of nutritional, visual, aural, or oral health follow-up care with access to an appropriate health care agency or nutritionist. Additionally, children will have access to a safe, well-maintained playground and equipment that furthers the development of gross-motor skills.
Leaf Project, Inc. | $7,000
The PreK-Produce Partnership will introduce the youngest learners in Perry County to the local food system. Students will receive weekly vegetable tastings, fun interactive resources, and books to create a pathway for learning to love vegetables raised in Perry County.
Marysville-Rye Library Association | $181.90
Stem programming at the Marysville-Rye Library will help develop skills such as creativity, problem solving, patience, curiosity, ingenuity, collaboration, math, and design. Funding from the Perry County Community Foundation will be used to purchase STEM kits which will be used at Story Time, to encourage critical thinking and focus on hands on learning.
PennCares | $1,611
Caring for the Caregiver provides stress kits, artfully calm books, and other resources to address mental and physical well-being of caregiving professionals. Funds will be used to provide education and resources to address the fatigue of caregiving professionals as they continue to provide excellent services to those in need.
Perry County Council of the Arts | $6,800
The Drop-In Art program will offer developmental resources through weekly art classes, a presence at well-attended family community events, and online video tutorials. Funding from the Perry County Community Foundation supports preschool age art education and socializing opportunities to Perry County Families.
Setebaid Services Inc. | $3,192
 At Camp Setebaid, campers interact with adult role models living happy and successful lives while managing their diabetes so they can return home with a new outlook on life and new diabetes management skills. Grant funding will provide low-income youth living with diabetes scholarships to attend the life-changing diabetes camps.
Community Action Commission | $10,000
Grant funds will be used to support instructors for in-home services to equip enrolled pregnant women, parents, and guardians to be the first teachers in their child’s life and prepare children for their entrance into kindergarten.
United Way of the Capital Region | $4,500
The Parents as Teachers Program provides weekly workshops that prepare children, ages 3 to 5, from low-income families to begin kindergarten. Students and their parents/caregivers are offered free educational workshops to help them learn the important social and academic skills needed to succeed in school.

2021 Grants Awarded*: $307,093

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


2021 Scholarships Total: $65,639.00 | 19 students

Awardees for 2021 scholarships were:

Justin Boose Memorial Scholarship Fund  
Devin Reichenbach $750.00
Seth Rosenberry $750.00
The CODY Foundation Scholarship Fund  
Emilie Brinser $500.00
Jayna Kitner $500.00
Sarah McNiven $500.00
Laurel Stuempfle $500.00
Baird and Mary Jane Collins Scholarship Fund  
Jayna Kitner $10,000.00
Carrie and George Lyter Scholarship  
Jesica Hoover $1,000.00
Frank M. Magee Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund  
Jayna Kitner $1,500.00
Autumn Moore $2,500.00
Lee C. Morrissey Fund  
Laurel Stuempfle $154.00
Megan Moyer Seiber Memorial Scholarship   
Madison Morrow $1,000.00
Larry C. Sheibley-Beasom Valedictorian Scholarship  
Rachael Filip $6,844.00
Larry C. Sheibley-Beasom Salutatorian Scholarship  
Kelby Kimmel $6,821.00
Larry C. Sheibley-Beasom Third Highest Ranking Academic Scholarship  
Hazel Miller $4,320.00
Pauline M. Whitekettle Scholarship Fund for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church  
Warner Hockenberry $3,500.00
Emily Kline $10,500.00
Joshua Kline $3,500.00
Autumn Moore $10,500.00

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