The Luzerne Foundation works to enhance the lives of Luzerne County residents by evaluating and addressing community needs through strategic grantmaking, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to causes that matter to them.
It Happens Almost Every Day…
A group forms to support a cause in their community. People want to help and contribute their time and money, but the group is not a registered nonprofit – how can they accept donations? The Luzerne Foundation meets with group leadership and maps out a plan to create a fund to ensure the future of their organization.
A current fundholder wants to help underprivileged students in their hometown attain a college education, leading to a conversation of the best way to make sure those students will be successful. The Foundation helps them create a scholarship program.
A coalition of area nonprofits meets at The Foundation to find ways to address issues they are all facing. They explore paths for working together, discuss collaborative grant applications, and make a commitment to keep the conversation going.
A nonprofit is struggling. Quietly, behind the scenes, the staff of The Foundation encourages the organization to examine their mission, structure and funding sources. The nonprofit may decide to carry on, or to seek a merger. Using The Foundation as a sounding board, they have the information they need.
A donor calls, asking who in the community needs support. After listening to their interests and philanthropic vision, The Foundation connects them with appropriate organizations. The donor is invited to attend the annual Nonprofit Forum to hear about the needs of many organizations in the community.