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Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Announces NEW Grant Opportunities

Allentown, Pa. May 24, 2018—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has launched a new grant opportunity for nonprofit organizations serving Lehigh and Northampton counties—the  Nonprofit Effectiveness Pilot .  The grant program will provide targeted support to strengthen governance, management, and operations of Lehigh Valley nonprofit organizations. The application period is now open and closes on July 31, 2018. Grants recipients will be notified in November and the Nonprofit Effectiveness Pilot grant cycle runs January to December 2019.

“Nonprofit effectiveness is the ability of an organization to function efficiently, cope adequately, and grow from within, as well as the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to changes in the environment in order to survive and prosper,” explained Megan Briggs, director of community investments at LVCF.

“LVCF and other funders rely on healthy, resilient organizations for achieving progress in solving the Lehigh Valley’s most pressing issues,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Yet, many nonprofits routinely face organizational challenges, from major staff transitions to capacity gaps. We recognize the need for funding to build more effective organizations and we have made it the centerpiece of our discretionary grantmaking in 2018-19.”

“Support for nonprofit effectiveness and infrastructure helps all of our clients and all of our programs, not just one,” said Dr. William Vogler, CEO of Pinebrook Family Answers. “Lehigh Valley families need us now more than ever, so grants that help us be more effective and efficient will enable us to serve more people—and serve them better.”

In addition to the Nonprofit Effectiveness Pilot, the Community Foundation will launch the application process for the Igniting Change Fund in fall of 2018 that will provide a new series of Community Foundation grants to harness the momentum of LVCF’s Be the Spark! campaign.  The Fund will provide additional resources to expand on the important work LVCF began during the 2017-18 campaign.

Also new for 2018-19 is the Community Assistance Fund that will provide responsive support for nonprofits that are improving the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley for emergencies or critical gaps in funding.

For more information on LVCF’s community investments grants, visit the grants page on the website.