Community Giving Foundation and our affiliates are working to better the communities across our region through the generosity of our wonderful donors and the dedication of many hard-working local nonprofits. The philanthropic spirit of our community is evident in each moving story of impact we hear and experience. You have the opportunity to be an integral part of our story, making a positive difference right here. When you give to those in your community, you add to their lives; and by adding to their lives, you add to yours as well. The stories below are just a few examples of the Community Giving Foundation's local impact.
As a former Foundation board member, Ken Hart knew the impact he could have by partnering with the Foundation to meet his charitable goals. Ken and his wife created a donor advised fund to support programs and organizations near to their hearts in the greater Berwick area. As they continue to give to the fund each year, the more it grows! The Hart Family Fund recently provided a grant to the Northwest Area High School to repair microscopes used in their science department.
“We firmly believe educating young minds is the way to a better future. Enabled by the Foundation’s presence in the community, we feel fortunate to be able to contribute to local education.” (Ken and Gerry Hart, Fundholders)
Martz’s businesses and employees have come together for many years to support charitable efforts through collective giving. Realizing there was an opportunity to meet even greater needs, the decision was made to establish the Martz’s Game Farm Fund with the Foundation. This unrestricted fund will promote local community giving in perpetuity.
“By giving back, we are able to let people within our community know that we care about them and their future. We all hope to see the community that we grew up in thrive and improve the lives of future generations.” (Martz’s Employee)
After many experiences with clients and caregivers through their practice as certified elder law attorneys, the staff of Kreisher, Marshall & Associates spearheaded the Dementia Friendly Susquehanna Valley initiative alongside a group of community leaders. The initiative aims to bring awareness to the region about dementia through education, advocacy, and volunteer engagement in order to better support those living with dementia and their caregivers. A community impact fund was established at the Foundation in 2021 to help support projects and activities that promote the initiative’s mission.
Known for his kindness and ever-present smile, Alex Wagner loved football and helping people. After his sudden passing at just 23, family and friends came together to establish the Alex Wagner’s Football Fund in his memory. The designated fund provides grants to the Central Columbia School District to support the football team with equipment and supplies that benefit player safety, learning, and experience.
“Alex was one of the most devoted and dedicated members of the Central Columbia football family. I cannot imagine a more fitting gift to be named in his honor. He truly loved the game, the program, and the people.” (Jason Hippenstiel, teacher and coach)
Anyone who knows the Hause family knows of their tireless work in the Danville community and the many organizations they have championed over the years. Last year, the Hause children and their families came together with an idea to honor their parents and the community they love. They established the Helen “Sis” Graham Hause and William A. Hause Fund to provide grants to organizations in the greater Danville area, ensuring the Hause legacy of giving will live on forever.
“Our parents were born, raised, and lived their entire lives in Danville. Inspired by the history and the people of their hometown, they have spent many years giving back to the community they love. We are honored to establish this fund in their name, ensuring our parents’ commitment to causes dear to their hearts will benefit Danville in perpetuity.” (The Hause Children)
The Madelyn L. Whitmer Education Scholarship Fund supports Selinsgrove High School graduating students pursuing a teaching career. The Whitmer family was originally funding this scholarship from their parent’s trust each year, but moved the money to the Foundation at their tax accountant’s suggestion. In this way, the family can focus on the impact of the awards in memory of Madelyn, while the Foundation manages and administration and details of the fund.
“Our mom taught us to be caring, forgiving, generous, hard-working, and patient. It was important for our family to honor our dad’s wish for an education scholarship in mom’s memory. It is our hope that this fund will financially support students in mom’s name forever.” (Carla Minori, Daughter and Fund Advisor)