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Annual Report 2018-19 | Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

Message from the Board Chair and President & CEO

The staff and board of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation were honored to serve the Lehigh Valley community during fiscal year 2019. Our impact continues to grow, marked by significant increases in the number of charitable funds established at the Foundation and the tremendous growth in total grantmaking from all funds of the Foundation. In addition, our foundation-directed grantmaking efforts were strategically aimed at several critical community needs: improving the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector, and providing a larger pool of resources to meet unanticipated community needs.

The community foundation began an important initiative aimed directly at improving the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations across the Lehigh Valley by establishing the Nonprofit Effectiveness Fund. LVCF targeted both financial and staff support to strengthen governance, management, and operations of nonprofit organizations so they can prosper and be impactful for years to come.  Working with ten nonprofit organizations using a comprehensive approach to gauge and improve effectiveness, the Foundation provided financial and intellectual support for those selected to participate in the pilot program. Third party consultants were engaged to provide expertise in key areas of effectiveness and the Foundation hosted several Community of Practice events and focus group discussions.

In addition to the Nonprofit Effectiveness work, LVCF increased the resources available for nonprofit organizations which experience unanticipated shortfalls.  By expanding its Community Assistance Fund, the Foundation is able to provide an important resource that can address emergency and other opportunities which arise outside of traditional grantmaking cycles. Organizations which serve the community during times of crisis, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, benefit especially from the Community Assistance Fund.

Finally, LVCF spearheaded an important census awareness initiative aimed at ensuring accurate counts during the 2020 Census. LVCF has joined a statewide group of community foundation leaders and will be providing grants to several nonprofit organizations and partnering with the Complete Count Committees in both Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. It is our hope that these efforts will reduce the loss of federal funds which provide critical resources for community needs.

At the end of 2019, we thanked five Governors who had a major role in the growth and impact of the Foundation.  Denise Blew, Beall Fowler, Jim Margolis, Matt Sorrentino, and Mike Stershic all had a major impact on the work of the Foundation during their terms on the board of governors.  At the same time, Anne Reid, Kerry Wrobel were added to the board in 2019, and Marguerite Haeussler, Sybil Stershic and Greg Ramos were welcomed in 2020.

Once again, we thank you—our donors, professional advisors, and friends of the Foundation—for your continued support of philanthropy in our community.  We look forward to working with you in the future.


Lehigh Valley Community Foundation's 2017-18 Annual Philanthropic Report:

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Lehigh Valley Community Foundation's 2017-18 Annual Philanthropic Report:

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LVCF Annual Report 2016-17


Lehigh Valley Community Foundation's 2015-16 Annual Philanthropic Report

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Community Foundation's 2015-2016 Annual Philanthropic Report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lehigh Valley Community Foundation's 2014-2015 Annual Philanthropic Report (Click the image below to view)

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