25 Stories for 25 Years
For Columbia County resident Mark Gardner, community giving means more than just making a difference today—it also means fostering programs and organizations in the community for generations to come. Moved to create a personal and permanent legacy in his community to set an example for others, Mark established two testamentary funds at the Foundation for future community impact.
The Gardner Family Designated Fund will support nonprofit organizations in Columbia and Montour counties that promote arts education and leadership training. As a graduate of Leadership Central Penn, Mark is a proponent of the valuable experiences for leadership development and networking offered in our community. His second fund will award scholarships at Danville High School—Mark's alma mater—for students who excel in academics, participate in sports, and hold leadership positions in clubs or activities.
"I want my efforts to help maintain the organizations that have made a positive impact on my life and encourage students to excel in their educational and leadership experiences. I hope the impact of my testamentary funds will show future generations the importance of planned giving and how to continue to strengthen our community." (Mark Gardner)
Motivation for philanthropy can come from any number of emotions, experiences or aspirations. By considering his passion for the arts, leadership training, and education, Mark has created a legacy that reflects his values and thoughtful commitment to local giving. His planned gift will provide meaningful impact in his community beyond his lifetime.