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Advancing the Quality of Life in the Valley

About Us | We are your Foundation in the Community

At the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, we connect donors who care with causes that matter. A leader in charitable giving in the Lehigh Valley for more than 50 years, we receive support from donors, manage funds to grow over time, and make high-impact grants to strengthen local nonprofits. The Foundation manages more than 300 charitable funds, totaling over $80 million, and we continue to grow—both in size and in the ways we fulfill our mission. We are evolving to engage more deeply with partners, serve more effectively as a thought leader on community issues, and explore more innovative ways to make life better across the Lehigh Valley.

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

Simply put, at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation:

  • We CONNECT donors who care with causes that matter.
  • We manage funds to GROW over time maintain charitable legacies.
  • We make high impact grants that help FUND nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley.

Regardless of which community need matters most to you—providing educational resources, funding medical research, helping environmental causes—we’ll help your gift make a positive impact now and in the future.

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation offers you:

Promoting Giving and Supporting Donors—LVCF provides expert guidance to donors and manages a variety of funds on their behalf. These range from donor-advised funds to area-of- interest funds, to scholarship funds, to Family Legacy Funds—a convenient, efficient alternative to establishing an independent family foundation. The Foundation makes grants from these funds at the direction of donors or, if donors desire, exercises discretion on their behalf, to honor their intent and to direct unrestricted funds to areas of greatest importance.

Investing in the Community—The Foundation evaluates grant applications from area nonprofits and administers grants to selected recipients. These grants are made through Community Investment Funds established by donors who may either choose to focus grant making in a particular area of interest or may establish unrestricted funds and rely on the Foundation’s knowledge of community needs to direct giving. In addition, the Foundation works to strengthen area nonprofits through its CORE Fellowship Program, which brings nonprofit leaders together for peer-to-peer learning, individual coaching, and consultant support, while investing in organizational capacity building.

Convening and Connecting—The Foundation hosts an array of programs and events to bring community members, community leaders, and nonprofit stakeholders of diverse perspectives together to share ideas and collaborate. Activities range from neighborhood walk-throughs and nonprofit site-visits to issue-focused roundtables.

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. EIN # 23-1686634

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations Certificate of Registration