Nonprofit Forum

4th Annual Nonprofit Forum

Thursday, March 30, 2017
A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn: Wilkes-Barre – East Mountain
600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre

We encourage all 501(c)(3) public charities who provide services to Luzerne County residents to apply; however, our Grants Distrbution Committee will only invite 33 charities to make a formal 5-minute presentation at the Forum.  Five minutes could earn a grant for your organization.

Only those 33 finalists will be eligible for general funding consideration in 2017.  Because of our new grantmaking strategy, we will make fewer grant awards, but for more significant amounts with a $5,000 being the average size.

Millennium Circle and Health related grant cycles remain the same and will be availed in August of 2017.

Forum Timeline/Deadlines:

Now through March 6th – Application Phase
March 6th – Deadline for Application Submission
March 7th -16th – Grant Committee Review & Delibrations
March 17th – Notification sent to 33 Finalists with Forum Commitment Forum, Participation Guidelines and time of your scheduled presentation.
March 24th – Power Points Slides (optional) and Forum Narrative (required)  and Signed Forum Commitment sent via email to No submissions will be accepted the day of the Forum.

Day of the Forum:

Please plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled presentation time.  This will help us to eliminate any gaps in our programming.

We encourage every participant to stay for the entire Forum if possible. There will be photo and networking opportunities as well as a chance to meet some area funders who may be in the audience. We cordially invite your Board Members to attend as well.

Got Questions?  Please call The Luzerne Foundation at 570-714-1570, or email

The Luzerne Foundation held its 3rd Annual Nonprofit Forum on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. With over 100 people in attendance, 33 local nonprofit organizations spoke, for five minutes each, to share their mission, discuss the needs and challenges they face, and highlight their programming efforts. These nonprofit organizations represent the seven major field-of-interest areas that The Foundation feels represent our comprehensive community needs: Education and Scholarships, Neighborhoods and Community Development, Youth Issues, Historic Preservations and the Environment, Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness, and Social Services. Together, these seven fields of interest support a healthy and sustainable community that enhances the lives of Luzerne County residents.

At the conclusion of the Forum, The Foundation held a drawing for a $1,000 grant from each of the seven field-of-interest areas. The seven winners were:

Front Row, left to right: Merlyn Fletcher, Newport Township Community Organization ~ Neighborhoods & Communities; David Kovach, Stuart Tank Memorial Association ~Historic Land Preservation & The Environment; Karen Baker, The Commonwealth Medical College ~ Health & Wellness

Back Row, left to right: John Dowd, Grants Distribution Committee Chairman; Lani Drobnock, United Way of Greater Hazleton ~ Social Services; Bob Skulsky, Greater Hazleton Civic Partnership ~ Education; Jim Payne, Camp Orchard Hill ~ Youth Issues; Will Beekman, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts ~ Arts & Culture; Charles M. Barber, President & CEO

“We had a very successful and informative day,” said Charles Barber, President and CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “I would like to thank everyone who spoke on behalf of our area’s nonprofit groups as well as those who attended the Forum.”

The Luzerne Foundation supports donors with their charitable giving, helping them invest strategically in causes they care about and in ways that make a difference in our community. We are a philanthropic leader, a community resource and a financial steward. We are… Here for Good.

Additional grants will be announced and awarded at the Luzerne Foundation’s 2016 Annual Meeting on May 12th at the F.M. Kirby Center in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Contact us to register!