Empower Your Community
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 – Donors enjoy administrative convenience, cost savings, and tax advantages. Each year, they recommend nonprofits in which they want to invest, and CFA does all the work in administering the grants.
Field of Interest Funds
Field of Interest Funds – This type of fund allows donors to identify an area of personal interest, such as the arts, economic development, education, the environment, health, housing, basic human services, seniors, or youth. Within that area of interest, the Foundation identifies the best philanthropic use of the fund’s distributions, now and into the future.
Scholarship Funds – Scholarships are established to honor loved ones, inspire young people, and invest in the community’s future.
Distribution Committee – these funds provide flexibility by allowing our Distribution Committee and staff to use their knowledge and expertise in determining which efforts or initiatives would be most impactful for the community These funds address our community’s pressing needs and promising opportunities. We receive more than 200 applications annually from local nonprofits seeking these funds.
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.
Agency Funds – these funds benefit a pre-determined nonprofit by providing ongoing support, while CFA handles investments and administrative responsibilities, allowing the organization to focus on its mission.
These funds act under the Foundation’s fiscal and administrative oversight, but with their own board and mission. Here are CFA’s supporting organizations:
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.
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…
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.
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.