February 3, 2022
The Community Giving Foundation has announced the retirement of Holly Morrison, the Foundation’s second President and CEO, effective December 31, 2022. Morrison has served in her current role since June 22, 2015.
“Morrison has contributed years of experience to the Community Giving Foundation, and her achievements will not be forgotten. She has held leadership roles across the footprint in which she serves. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Morrison’s work ethic, command of complexity, and devotion to stakeholders have been exemplary at the Foundation,” said Nancy Marr, Chair of the Community Giving Foundation Board of Directors.
Morrison has a long relationship with the Foundation, serving on the Board of Directors since 1999, for the then Berwick Health and Wellness Foundation, just months after it was created. She served in this capacity until she took a hiatus to pursue her doctoral degree, returning to the Board as the Vice Chair in 2012 and then as the Chair.
As President and CEO, Morrison oversaw the most critical operations and management processes of the Foundation. During her tenure as CEO, she played a critical role in developing the current culture of the Foundation by overseeing the three main pillars: development, program, and finance. She developed a talented team of eight, providing leadership to them to enhance the personalization and engagement of all stakeholders in the Foundation. Her fiduciary responsibility included working closely with the most current asset portfolio manager, Wilmington Trust. The Foundation has grown substantially under Morrison’s leadership with current assets of more than 80 million. Significant changes under her leadership include: a rebranding initiative, the launch of the Women’s Giving Circle, the expansion of the Youth in Philanthropy program, and the launch of the Nonprofit Leadership Series (a partnership with the United Way).
Prior to being named President and CEO at the Foundation, Morrison served the PA public school system for 30 years with most of the time in the Berwick Area School District. She began her career there in 1989, as a Guidance Counselor, and then served in many administrative roles including principal and curriculum director. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for WVIA, Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, and Berwick’s Next Step, along with involvement in many other community initiatives.
“She has been a mentor to many, and her influence has made an indelible impact on countless professionals throughout the region of the Foundation. She has done so much to grow the footprint of the Foundation. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our next CEO to continue to enhance the quality of life in the Central Susquehanna communities we serve. It is the Board’s mission to find a leader who will continue to cultivate, steward, and grow the Foundation family and help us to be the first choice in charitable giving,” said Marr.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors will be conducting an internal search to find the new CEO. The expected timeline will allow the incoming CEO the opportunity to work closely with Morrison to ensure a smooth and natural transition.
The Community Giving Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that develops, manages, and distributes funds for charitable purposes in communities across the Central Susquehanna region. Serving as the region’s philanthropic hub for charitable giving, the Foundation currently houses more than 300 funds and serves five geographic affiliate foundations in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville, Selinsgrove, and Sunbury. Its regional footprint includes all towns and cities in the Columbia, Lower-Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties. For more information about the Community Giving Foundation, visit csgiving.org or call the Foundation at 570-752-3930.