Foundation Joins Nationwide Celebration to Recognize Local Impact of Community Foundations

November 11, 2022

Community Giving Foundation will join a nationwide celebration of Community Foundation Week from November 12-18 to recognize the increasingly important role these philanthropic organizations play in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

For more than a century, community foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource whose effect can be seen in the lives of millions and in the vibrant communities that continue to thrive through their mission-driven work. During this time, community foundations come together to share and reflect on the stories of impact over the past year.

“The work of community foundations spans beyond the practice of giving. There is a tangible impact that can be seen in the local lives of those served,” said Kara G. Seesholtz, Foundation President and CEO. “We are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems and advance the most promising opportunities to benefit individuals, families, and organizations across the Central Susquehanna region.”

The Community Giving Foundation is made up of a collection of stories from donors, nonprofits, board members, and other community partners. This year, the Foundation is celebrating these stories of community giving through a social media contest during #CommunityFNDWeek. Community members are invited to take a selfie expressing what community giving means to them, and post online for a chance to win a special t-shirt. For more information on the contest and ways Foundation partners are leaving an impact in local communities, visit

Community foundations are independent public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits. They represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Community Foundation Week (November 12-18 each year) was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

Community Giving Foundation was established in 1999 as the Berwick Health & Wellness Foundation. After several years serving health and wellness initiatives in the greater Berwick area, the Foundation transitioned to a regional community foundation in 2003. Today, it has grown to over 325 charitable funds and includes affiliate foundations in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville, Selinsgrove, and Sunbury. The Foundation annually provides more than $3 million in grant investments to enhance the quality of life across the Central Susquehanna region.