Supporting local nonprofits in the greater Bloomsburg area.
Founded in 1996, Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg affiliated with the Community Giving Foundation in 2018, working together to build charitable funds in the Bloomsburg area to benefit local residents. Through superior stewardship of enduring charitable gifts, Bloomsburg's mission is to enhance lives, making the community a stronger and safer place for all.
"Our region has so many needs, large and small, and to be part of an organization that positively impacts the greater Bloomsburg area makes me proud to serve. You can make a difference, too, by supporting Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg so we can continue to help our friends and neighbors!" (Pam Young, Bloomsburg Board Chair)
A Story of Local Giving
The Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy program has been engaging high school students in philanthropy and grantmaking since 2004. Bloomsburg Area High School was one of the additions to the program in 2022/2023. As the many Bloomsburg organizations that serve local youth look to future growth and sustainability, Bloomsburg Youth in Philanthropy will become an annual source of support, connecting resources to the greatest needs. Bloomsburg students conduct needs assessments and serve as an advisory committee to award grants that will benefit their school and peers in their community.
"The entire Bloomsburg educational community is excited to bring the Youth in Philanthropy program back to our school district. Our students are excited to have the opportunity to work with other local schools and the Foundation to make an impact within their community through philanthropy." (JJ Cleaver, Bloomsburg SD Superintendent)
Your support of Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg makes an impact on the lives of people in your community. This story is just one example of the power of giving happening now because of the generosity of our donors.
Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg was created in 1996 from the interest paid back on a loan borrowed by Magee Industrial enterprises from a Federal Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG). The Town of Bloomsburg invested this interest, advocating for Bloomsburg's establishment to support a variety of local nonprofit organizations.
Over its existence, more than 200 grants have been awarded by Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg, totaling more than $200,000. The impact has been far and wide, providing support for many organizations that offer programs and services to increase the quality of life for thousands of individuals in the greater Bloomsburg area.
Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg proudly makes grant investments to benefit youth, the disadvantaged, cultural, historical, and educational programs. Annually, it awards approximately $10,000 to local nonprofits during a competitive grant round.
Creating a Legacy
There is a place for you here! Through the collective work of neighbors, families, businesses, and nonprofits, the Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg will continue to leave a greater impact in your community for years to come.
Donors can help meet local charitable needs by supporting current Bloomsburg funds or by creating a fund in your their own name to establish a personal charitable legacy. Walk through our Giving Workbook or contact a member of Bloomsburg's board or Foundation staff to discuss how you can partner with your local community foundation to make a difference in the greater Bloomsburg area.
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Pam Young (chair)
Jessica Lehman (vice chair)
Patti Leighow (financial liaison)
Dr. Heather Feldhaus
Board Members are charged with evaluating grant applications, monitoring community strengths and needs, and making site visits as needed to verify progress.