By establishing a fund with the Community Foundation, our donors have made a lasting impact on the causes that they love in our community – the causes that inspire and energize them.
Our Main Fund Categories
Donor Advised Funds
Donor Advised Funds – These funds are an attractive alternative to a private foundation or a great way for an individual or family make get started. Each year, the donor suggests deserving charities to benefit from the fund’s income or principal. Investment, paperwork, and grant monitoring are all handled by the Community Foundation, with recognition and thank you letters flowing to the donor.
Donor Designated Funds
Donor Designated Funds – This type of fund allows donors to support the work of specific charitable organizations and can be structured to be responsive to changing circumstances.
Field of Interest Funds
Field of Interest Funds – This type of fund allows the donor to support issues of concern, such as the environment, the arts, health, children or education. Many donors enjoy participating in the process of identifying worthy projects.
Partnership Funds – Funds can be established that allow a donor to make a gift to the Community Foundation which then is granted immediately to their favored charity. This may be appropriate when anonymity is important, when many gifts are planned for a single asset, or when a donor might want to provide immediate support for a charity but would also like the Foundation to provide some kind of oversight.
Scholarship Funds – The Community Foundation administers hundreds of different scholarships. These funds allow a donor to define the scholarship’s advisory committee, the guidelines for candidate selection, and the award’s use. Scholarships can benefit a particular educational institution or field of study. Creating a scholarship fund is simple and cost-effective. The Foundation in certain instances is also able to match scholarships through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance’s PATH Match Program.
Unrestricted Funds – Undesignated funds are created by donors with broad charitable interests. They do not support any one purpose; instead, they are flexible to support the changing needs of our communities.Typically, undesignated funds are entrusted to the Foundation’s Distributed Committee for grantmaking.
Administrative Funds – This type of fund is for donors who wish to invest in the Community Foundation and further its charitable purposes by helping to defray its expenses. The long-term goal of the Community Foundation is to be supported entirely by its administrative endowment fund.
Growing Greener – The mission of the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition is to enhance the health and economic well-being of communities across the Commonwealth by advocating funding to conserve, protect and restore land, water and wildlife, to preserve farms and historic places, and to provide well managed parks and recreational areas throughout the state.
The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds – The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (FPW), formerly known as the Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, is a grant-making foundation that invests in efforts to protect healthy, natural streams around the state — and also to clean up pollution and repair damaged wildlife habitat. Read more…
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project – This is a nonprofit environmental health organization created to assist and support Washington County residents who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by natural gas drilling activities.
Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund
Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund – The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Berks County Community Foundation manage the Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund. Its mission is to promote the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies; energy conservation and efficiency; sustainable energy businesses; and projects that improve the environment in the companies’ service territories.
The John P. Murtha Foundation
The John P. Murtha Foundation – In 2011, the John P. Murtha Foundation became associated with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. We are grateful for the opportunity to be of service in working together in our mutual goals of bettering our community. For more information about the John P. Murtha Foundation, please contact Diana Kabo at 814-536-7741.