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50th Anniversary Spark Grants

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation...50 years of sparking community connections

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation staff and Board of Governors want to “spark” your interest in our 50th anniversary celebration 2017 by announcing a year of special  grantmaking!  The Community Foundation will grant $50,000 to each of six chosen issues in our community for a total of $300,000 in special grants during our anniversary year!   These grants will invite community members to be the spark - a spark of awareness, a spark of change, a spark of connection.

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation will bring awareness to the following six issues through our anniversary celebration. Grantees in Lehigh or Northampton Counties with programs serving any of these six important issues are invited to apply! 

Be the SparkThe celebration will Include grants of $50,000
per issue that will be awarded in the
specified months below:

Anniversary news will be announced throughout the year.  Contact us to be sure you are on the contact list!

Please direct grant inquiries and questions to: Corrina M. Lillis, Grants Administrative Assistant
Phone (610) 351-5353 ext. 11, email

Special thanks to our 50th Anniversary Advisory Board for helping us make our anniversary celebration a true spark of excitement:

  • Michael Stershic, LVCF Board Chair, Discover Lehigh Valley
  • Thomas Campbell, DeSales University
  • Cynthia Lambert Durham, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
  • W. Beall Fowler, Lehigh University, Emeritus
  • Judianne Harris, Valley National Group
  • Carol Henn, Community Volunteer
  • Kari Keyock, Imagevolution
  • L. Charles Marcon, Duggan & Marcon
  • Robert Moffett, Attorney at Law
  • Martha Phelps, Community Volunteer
  • Elaynee Polentes, Imagevolution
  • Ann Haggerty Raines, Northampton Community College 
  • Bernie Story, LVCF President & CEO
  • Trisha Higgins, LVCF Vice President & CFO
  • Erika Riddle Petrozelli, LVCF Director of Donor Services
  • Michael Wilson, LVCF Director of Communications


"From a little spark may burst a flame" ~ Dante