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Lehigh Valley Synergy Fund Promotes Nonprofit Partnerships

Application Period Open February 5 - March 16

Allentown, Pa., February 5, 2018—United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV) and the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) are seeking applications for the Lehigh Valley Synergy Fund. The fund is designed to help nonprofit partners improve and sustain community conditions. The grant application period opens on Monday, February 5 and closes on March 16, 2018.

With over 1,400 nonprofit organizations serving the Lehigh Valley, it is critical that community partners recognize the power of collaboration, affiliation and efficiencies as stewards of our community’s resources. UWGLV and LVCF will lead and foster these relationships through the encouragement and support of nonprofit mergers by:

  1. Creating awareness and education about the types, benefits and resources needed to successfully carry out and sustain an affiliation between two or more nonprofit organizations, and,
  2. Promoting the availability of a shared “area of interest” fund providing support to nonprofits engaging in various levels of collaboration and beyond.

“Organizations identifying others with similar missions and services is a key first step,” explained Bernie Story, LVCF president and CEO. “Successful relationships typically require the support of both organizations’ leadership and board of directors. The Synergy Fund will help spark those connections.”

“We continue to have many conversations with donors, partners and community folks about how we can more effectively serve the Lehigh Valley,” said Marci Ronald-Lesko, UWGLV executive vice president. “It’s about how we can work together as a community—better, smarter and faster. The Synergy Fund is an outgrowth of those conversations and is designed to help organizations partner and discover new found efficiency that ultimately benefit the Lehigh Valley.”

Grant applications and proposals for the Lehigh Valley Synergy Fund are being accepted through March 16, 2018. All completed proposals and supporting documentation can be sent to Megan Briggs, director of community investments at LVCF, via email:


Mission of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

The mission of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is to provide the leadership, convene the partnerships and develop the resources and solutions that improve our community. We remain committed to these goals and sincerely appreciate the continued support of partners, program providers and donors throughout the Lehigh Valley.
About the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

For five decades, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has helped donors with their charitable contributions with a simple, powerful, and highly personalized approach. LVCF is a philanthropic hub for the Lehigh Valley—who know and navigate the landscape of the Lehigh Valley’s community needs to connect people who care to causes that matter.

With a diverse and respected Board of Governors, the Community Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Foundation is cause-neutral and supports all areas of community needs in the Lehigh Valley and beyond in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. To learn more, visit: