Helping Communities Fight Back
Change in Action
At CFA, we support local change-makers. We help the community fight back against cancer and help neighbors help each other. We make a way for families to honor their loved ones by taking a stand against cancer.
Through our partnership funds, we provide tools and support to make fundraisers happen, and we help keep locally raised dollars local. The money our partners and energized community members raise goes to help people in our community cover the costs of fighting cancer, whether it’s a medical bill or a gas card to get them to life-saving treatment.
Through donor advised and other funds, we help individuals and family members honor loved ones lost to cancer.
Looking to give or get involved? Here are some of our funds created by people who’ve decided to fight back:
- Hit The Dusty Trail: Send Cancer Packing Fund, In Memory of Gary Fulton
- Laurel Highlands Cancer Program Fund
- Play for Pink Charity Fund
- Music Makes Us Stronger Fund
- Bedford County Pink Ribbon Fund
- Care Project Fund
- Children Are Precious Fund
- Johnstown Walk of Hope
- Wendy Hollern Spencer Memorial Fund
- Cyndi’s Hope Fund, In Memory of Cyndi Frankel
By establishing a fund with the Community Foundation, our donors have made a lasting impact on the causes they love in our community – causes that inspire and energize them.
CLLICK HERE to find out more about how our funds can help you support causes that are important to you. Or, to open a fund, contact Donor and Development Services Officer Katrina Perkosky at (814) 208-8411 or [email protected].
CFA supports local volunteers manage their charitable projects and events. These partnership funds rely on us to provide administrative support and accounting services so they can focus on their mission to fight back against cancer.
Sometimes we can even ensure that an event that once had national support can continue to exist without it. Walks to fight cancer in Bedford and Cambria counties are two perfect examples.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Bedford County started in 2011 but came to an end in 2016 when the American Cancer Society consolidated the event with one happening in Blair County. A similar situation unfolded with the Relay for Life Greater Johnstown.
That could have been the end of the story for the walks in those communities, but it wasn’t.
Thanks to grassroots organizers and support from CFA, both communities continue to host walks and raise money for local families. The Bedford committee members who once worked with the American Cancer Society banded together to form the Bedford County Pink Ribbon Fund in 2017. Last year, they raised more than $59,000. Walk organizers in Cambria County also formed their own event, the Johnstown Walk of Hope, in 2016, raising around $30,000. This year, that event raised more than $55,000.
The driving force behind their success is that all donations stay local. Participants in those events are helping their neighbors and fellow community members manage the cost of treatment-related expenses, such as past-due medical bills, insurance and prescription co-pays, gas cards, meals, and other bills. Organizers for both events rely on the Foundation for the nonprofit structure they need to continue to operate without having their own nonprofit status.