Regional Impact Fund of CSCF

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Regional unrestricted giving is at the core of CSCF’s mission—to enhance the quality of life in the Central Susquehanna Valley.

The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation has undertaken a 5 1/2 county-wide initiative to meet ever-changing community needs. Our Foundation’s Regional Impact Fund is an unrestricted fund established to address a broad range of local needs, including future needs that often cannot be anticipated. As a community leader, it is our responsibility to evaluate all aspects of community well-being. The flexibility of unrestricted gifts lets us respond to the community’s most pressing needs today and tomorrow.

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Support a broad range of initiatives that meet needs across 5 1/2 counties. Help us increase future grantmaking power by in our region. Make a donation to the Regional Impact Fund today!

2019 Grantround Announced

This year, the Regional Impact Fund is granting a total of $50,000 through the 2019 competitive grantround. Grant requests up to $10,000 will be considered. Interested applicants must review the Regional Impact Fund guidelines and submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) on or before June 6, 2019. The LOI is limited to a two-page document introducing your organization, a statement of need, the service area and number of people you plan to serve and your requested budget summary.

If the LOI is approved, an application form will be made available. Full application submissions will also require an in-person request presentation with the Foundation's grantmaking committee on the morning of July 29. Final grant decisions will be announced in August.

For more information, view the full press release here, or contact Christine Orlando, CSCF Senior Program Officer, at [email protected].

A special thank you to M&T Bank and many individual donors for their generous support of the 2019 Regional Impact Fund grantround.

2019 Grantround Calendar

  • June 6 - Letters of Inquiry Due Online by 11:45pm
  • June 19 - Invitation to Submit Full Application Sent to Applicants
  • July 10 - Completed Applications Due Online by 11:59 pm
  • July 29 - The Nonprofit Narrative (Applicant Presentations) (see below for more information)
  • Early August - Final Grant Decisions Announced
  • August 15 - Grants Presented at Awards After-Hours Event (more information TBA)

The Nonprofit Narrative: July 29, 2019

CSCF acknowledges that there are countless organizations reaching unmet needs throughout the Central Susquehanna region. The Nonprofit Narrative is a platform for these groups to share their grant requests and stories of regional impact - the joys, challenges, dreams and requests each face as they serve our neighbors, communities, and region at large. Because the needs exceed CSCF's $50,000 grantround, we are opening The Nonprofit Narrative to donors, fundholders, businesspeople, and the general public.

Come hear the stories of those making a difference in your community. See their hearts for the people they serve and hear their requests for financial support as they continue to leave a positive impact in our region. Through The Nonprofit Narrative, you will have a chance to connect with causes that matter to you and support those that make our communities stronger.

The Nonprofit Narrative will take place at the Danville Area High School Auditorium on July 29, 2019. Refreshments will be served at 8:30am, with presentations to follow from 9am to 12pm. More information and RSVP details will be available soon. We hope you can join us!

Past Grants Awarded

The Foundation awarded $50,000 in 2018 during its first competitive grantround for the Regional Impact Fund. The grants supported the following nonprofits: Birthright of Sunbury, Inc., Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Camp Koala, Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc., Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc., Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc., North Branch Young Life, Shamokin and Coal Township Public Library, Susquehanna Valley CASA, Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., and the United Way of Columbia and Montour County.

Impact Symposium 2018

To meet the goals above, the Foundation hosted our first regional Impact Symposium on June 6, 2018, at Bucknell University. More than 120 representatives from nonprofit organizations serving Columbia, Lower-Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder Counties participated. The Symposium brought together our regional nonprofit partners from 5 counties to identify and evaluate unmet needs, network, learn and collaborate. Experienced professionals lead breakout sessions focusing on county and a variety of program areas.

The Symposium concluded with an exciting announcement about the Regional Impact Fund’s first competitive grantround. Under the oversight of the CSCF Board of Directors, with membership reflective of our region, 45 grant requests were reviewed based on the Needs Assessment Report containing information and data gathered at the Symposium. The Foundation presented 11 grant awards totaling $50,000 at an October 2018 breakfast.

View highlights and excerpts from the Symposium in the videos below.

Impact Symposium 2018: Summary

Keynote by Brad Ward

Message by Dr. John Kruelja