LVCF Names Cohort of Community Leaders for its CORE Fellowship Program

LVCF Names Cohort of Community Leaders for its CORE Fellowship Program

Allentown, Pa., August 3, 2022—Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) has announced the inaugural cohort for its CORE Fellowship Program, a three-year capacity-building process designed to bring Lehigh Valley nonprofit leaders together to center equity in themselves, their relationships, their organizations, and the nonprofit sector.  

“The Community Foundation is launching the CORE Fellowship Program after listening to our stakeholders and partners, and through learning from our past initiatives,” explained Megan Briggs, LVCF’s Director of Community Investments. “The CORE Fellowship Program combines our knowledge and experience gained through the past four years of LVCF’s Nonprofit Effectiveness program, as well as Project Equity, which was launched in partnership with the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Faces International in 2020.”  

“We began to recognize that the demand for equity is increasing locally, regionally, and nationally, but yet there was limited funding or capacity building available to advance equity. This program launched because we wanted to use our positioning as a funder and previous experience to  support the work that needs to be done to reach equity by providing the infrastructure and resources necessary to both individuals and organizations,” Briggs explained. 

The Community Foundation is partnering with consultants to design and deliver the model. These consultants have served on the program design team which has co-created the launch of this program. These consultants will also facilitate year 1 of the program; they include Phyllis Alexander, Alexander Unlimited; Guillermo Lopez, G-pez Consulting; and Carter Gilbert, independent consultant. 

The following leaders from their respective organizations have been selected to participate in the 2022-23 fellowship cohort: 

Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center 

  • Christina Graham, Data & Evaluation Manager 
  • Robin Gow, Cultural & Community-Building Programs Manager

Community Bike Works

  • Dolores Singletary, Board President 
  • Hana Rose Cannon, Program Manager 

Lehigh University – Zoellner Arts Center 

  • Candi Staurinos, Director of Community Engagement & Impact 
  • Mark Wilson, Executive Director 

LINC (Lehigh Valley Interregional Networking & Connecting Consortium)

  • Jessica Escobar-Eck, Director, Business Development
  • Katelyn Mack, President & Chief Operating Officer 

New Bethany Ministries  

  • Chris Cassidy, Director of Development & Planning 
  • Veronne Demesyeux, Associate Executive Director 

Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley 

  • Jeani Garcia, Program Manager Violence Prevention & Reentry  
  • Julie Thomases, Board of Directors 

Ripple Community, Inc. 

  • Charlene Smalls, Board Member  
  • Sherri Brokopp Binder, Executive Director 

Emilie Carlino, Career and Professional Development Coach

In addition to nonprofit leaders selected to participate in the program, there are five nonprofit stakeholders who were invited to participate in the CORE Fellowship Program. These stakeholders are important partners in shifting the nonprofit sector to becoming more equitable and have consistently demonstrated a commitment to equity. Stakeholders are represented from the philanthropic, government, or corporate sectors.  

The following stakeholders have agreed to participate in the 2022-23 fellowship cohort: 

  • Janine Carambot Santoro, Director of Equity and Inclusion, City of Bethlehem 
  • Mariska Van Aalst, Public Engagement Officer, Congresswoman Susan Wild’s Office 
  • Meg Dowd, Corporate Affairs Manager, JustBorn Quality Confections 
  • Carrie Nedick, Director of Donor Services, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation 
  • Marci Martinez-Howey, Associate VP, DEI, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley 

As a staff member of the program design team, Monique Saunders Moreno, Assistant Director of Community Investments explained “We understood that part of the success of this program is people being able to share their personal equity journeys and learnings with one another. Having a diverse group of community leaders who understand the Lehigh Valley nonprofit sector and have a personal and professional investment in making a difference, is beneficial for everyone. Our heartfelt thanks to each of the fellows and stakeholders who have agreed to give their time and energy to this program.” 

The CORE Fellowship program offers benefits to both the individuals in the cohort, but also their respective organizations. CORE Fellows will receive leadership development coaching along with guidance from organizational development consultants on the creation of an equity-centered capacity-building project. LVCF has partnered with Partnering 4 Change as the organizational development consultants for the fellowship. They will conduct an in-depth equity and organizational development assessment with time to carry out an equity-centered capacity-building project. Fellows will also benefit from building connections to a network of nonprofit leaders. The CORE Fellowship offers a $25,000 grant to each participating organization. Each organization will receive a $10,000 general operating award during the first year, $15,000 to support an equity-centered capacity-building project during the second year, and coaching support during the third year, contingent upon meeting program requirements. 

Megan Briggs explained the anticipated impact of the program. “Leaders and organizations will begin the process of healing from the harm of racism and those that have been historically and are currently being oppressed based on race will be celebrated and recognized and have an equitable share in the power and control of resources in the Lehigh Valley nonprofit sector. It is our goal that organizations will center equity and justice rather than charity and performance, having the resources and capacity to deliver their mission,” she said. 

Learn more about the CORE Fellowship Program

Tom Neuhaus Named to Community Foundation Board of Governors

Tom Neuhaus Named to Community Foundation Board of Governors

Allentown, PA, July 27, 2022 – Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) recently named Tom Neuhaus, Vice President at Victaulic Company in Easton, Pa., to its Board of Governors. Neuhaus serves on the Community Foundation’s Finance Committee.

Neuhaus has over thirty-four years of experience in various functions in industries ranging from industrial and commercial equipment manufacturing, energy, large-scale municipal power generation and distribution and building products.  Companies he’s worked for over his career range from small, privately held entities to Fortune 50 multi-national public corporations.

Prior to joining Community Foundation’s Board, Neuhaus served on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Lehigh Valley for the past 6 years.  He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Rochester, and lives in Nazareth with his family.

The Board of Governors at Lehigh Valley Community Foundation provide administrative, programmatic and fiscal oversight in support of the organization’s mission.  Members of the Board serve as ambassadors, promoting the Community Foundation as a vehicle for philanthropy and a leader of community improvement.


Marvin Webb Named to Community Foundation Board of Governors

Marvin Webb Named to Community Foundation Board of Governors

Marvin Webb

Allentown, PA, July 27, 2022 – Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) recently named Marvin Webb, MBA (he/him/his), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Funders for LGBTQ Issues in New York City to its Board of Governors.  Webb serves on the Community Foundation’s Community Investments Committee which oversees grantmaking.

Webb joined Funders for LGBTQ Issues in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration. He was recently named CFO and focuses on strategic finance, human resources, information technology, conference management, administration, and infrastructure. Webb moved to New York City in 1989 to begin his 17-year career as a professional modern dancer. After retiring from dance, he was the Human Resources & Business Manager of a boutique public relations firm in New York City.

Webb received a BA degree from Creighton University, a Certificate in modern dance from the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and a MFA degree, in contemporary dance, from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts. After his performing career, Webb received a MBA. degree in Human Resources and Marketing from Baruch College/Zicklin School of Business. He recently graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with an MS in Accountancy. For a complete bio visit the Funders of LGBTQ Issues website.

Marvin lives in Bethlehem, Pa. with his husband George and serves on CenterLink, the board of 200+ LGBT community centers.

The Board of Governors at Lehigh Valley Community Foundation provide administrative, programmatic and fiscal oversight in support of the organization’s mission.  Members of the Board serve as ambassadors, promoting the Community Foundation as a vehicle for philanthropy and a leader of community improvement.

LVCF’s Megan Briggs Named to Lehigh Valley Business’s “Forty Under 40” for 2022

LVCF’s Megan Briggs Named to Lehigh Valley Business’s “Forty Under 40” for 2022

Allentown, Pa., July 26, 2022—Lehigh Valley Business today named Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments at the Community Foundation, as one of the 40 young professionals from the greater Lehigh Valley selected as a “Forty Under 40” honoree for 2022.

Megan Briggs joined the staff of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation in 2017. As Director of Community Investments, Megan oversees grantmaking administration and strategy. She works with volunteer advisory committees to implement the Foundation’s high-impact grantmaking programs and analyzes data from the nonprofit community to help maximize and promote community impact.

Prior to joining the foundation, Megan has held various leadership roles in a diverse set of non-profit organizations including serving as Director of Family Services at Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County and Project Manager of Strategy at Philadelphia Youth Network. She was also selected as a 2012 United Way Emerging Leaders Fellow.  

Originally from Maryland, Megan spent 12 years in Philadelphia prior to moving to Upper Black Eddy in 2016. She served as a member of the fundraising committee for Germantown United and on several local neighborhood organizing committees in the Philadelphia area. She graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business.

“We are very proud of her achievements and her contributions to both LVCF and our communityMegan is a passionate, authentic, and thoughtful leader on our team,” said Erika Riddle Petrozelli, President and CEO of the Lehigh Vally Community Foundation. “She is critical to the continued success of the Foundation: her work is a key component of our new strategic plan.  Megan has a drive and enthusiasm to advance her career.  She participates in sector-wide and national programs for leadership development and skill-building.  She is a woman to watch in our philanthropic industry, and we are pleased taht she has been recognized as such by Lehigh Valley Business.”

Forty Under 40 recognizes professionals 40 years of age and younger who have been successful in the Greater Lehigh Valley area. Honorees, selected by the editors of Lehigh Valley Business, were chosen based on professional accomplishments, community service and commitment to inspiring change. 

A member of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation’s Board of Governors, Veronica Gonzalez, MBA, Chief Executive Officer at Valley Health Partners Community Health Center, also recieved the honor. A listing of all the winners is below.

This year’s Forty Under 40 will be honored September 14 at an awards celebration at the DeSales University Center, 2755 Station Avenue in Center Valley. The Celebration Sponsor is Members 1st Federal Credit Union. For the most updated listing of sponsors, visit

Honorees will be profiled in a magazine that will be inserted into the September 26 issue of Lehigh Valley Business and will be available online at .

About Lehigh Valley Business

Lehigh Valley Business is a multimedia news source with 36 years of journalistic excellence that breaks news daily on its website, It also publishes a print and online edition. In addition, Lehigh Valley Business publishes special focus sections and products throughout the year including Reader Rankings and Fastest Growing Companies in addition to the yearly Book of Lists. It also hosts eight annual events, including Women of Influence, Health Care Heroes and Forty Under 40, to recognize excellence and provide leadership opportunities. Learn more at:

2022 Forty Under 40 Honorees

  • Sharon L. Alexander, CFRE, Carbon County Community Foundation
  • Stephanie Atkins, Herbein + Company Inc.
  • Dominick Baker, J.G. Petrucci Co. Inc.
  • Megan Briggs, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation       
  • Sarah Hart Charette, Gross McGinley LLP
  • Kendal Conrad, Singer-songwriter
  • Ashley Dallas, M.Ed., Valley Youth House
  • Trevor Dombach, Kleinfelder Inc.
  • Emily M. Doster, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Abe Elias, Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley
  • Keegan Hackman Emerick, LCSW, New Vitae Inc.
  • Thad M. Gelsinger, Barley Snyder
  • Veronica Gonzalez, Valley Health Partners Community Health
  • David Hannah, Tyber Medical LLC
  • Stephen Jiwanmall, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
  • Jeffrey Johns, Herbein + Company Inc.
  • Angela Kilburg, Alloy5 Architecture
  • Timothy Kraft, RKL LLP
  • Julie A. Kunkel, BSI Corporate Benefits LLC
  • David Lucabeche, Members 1st Federal Credit Union
  • Erin Ludwig, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Matthew McDonald, NAI Summit
  • Jill Meyers, City Center Investment Corp.
  • Madlen J. Miller, Morton Brown Family Wealth
  • Chase Mory, Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc.
  • Tracy Oscavich, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
  • Katie Pintabone-Brown, New Vitae Wellness & Recovery
  • Michael Planer, Soltech Solutions
  • Michael Ramos, The GIANT Company
  • Michael T. Raymond, Communities In Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Jeff Richter, DeSales University
  • Manuel Rodriguez III, Batch Microcreamery
  • Peter Rowley, Tompkins Community Bank
  • Claire Wildermuth Sadler, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
  • Ashley Santiago, SHRM-CP, Valley National Financial Advisors
  • Raymond Santiago, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Savanna Saul, City Experiences, Hornblower
  • Olga Sklyarova, Fannie Mae
  • Brielle Weida, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Charles Wolf, Barry Isett & Associates Inc.
Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Fund Issues $150,000 in Grants to Area Nonprofits

Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Fund Issues $150,000 in Grants to Area Nonprofits

Allentown, Pa., July 20, 2022—Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recently issued $150,000 in grants to three area nonprofits providing services for homeless veterans. The Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund grants support projects that address transitional and supportive housing needs of homeless veterans in the Lehigh Valley; veteran-centric case management:/counseling in relation to housing, employment, finance, and life-skills; or other veteran-oriented programs.

Nonprofit organizations receiving grants in 2022 include:

Catholic Charities
Veterans Case Management Program

New Bethany Ministries
Homeless Veterans Housing Assistance

Victory House of Lehigh Valley
Veteran Service-Intensive Transitional Housing Program

Lehigh County government established the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund at the Community Foundation in 2019 to provide grants to charitable organizations for programs supporting homeless veterans in the Lehigh Valley. The county established a committee of five people with experience in veterans’ services or housing programs, finance and administration to allocate the money in grants to charitable organizations for services for homeless veterans in the Valley.

In 2020, the Fund distributed $30,000 in grants to Catholic Charities, Safe Harbor of Easton, and Victory House for programs supporting homeless veterans. In 2021, a round of Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Fund grants were made possible thanks to state grant funding of $200,000 secured by Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (16th District) in 2020, which was the largest state commitment specifically targeted towards assisting homeless veterans in the Lehigh Valley. In 2021. Senator Browne secured a second round of funding which enabled the Community Foundation to issue $150,000 in grants in 2022.

“The Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund continues to make a real difference in the lives of the brave men and women who served our nation,” Senator Browne said. “These additional resources will continue to help provide pathways to our area veterans to obtain sustainable housing, job placement and mental health services. I want to thank all the community and agency partners throughout the Lehigh Valley working to help end the tragedy of Veteran Homelessness.”

Thomas Applebach, Director of the Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs and Chair of the committee that oversees the grants stated, “I cannot thank Senator Browne enough for securing these grants for our homeless veterans here in the Lehigh Valley. The state grants, along with donations from individuals and fundraisers held by area businesses, help to sustain and broaden the programs and services our partner agencies provide. I hope that in the future our local lawmakers, businesses, and individuals continue to help fund these grants to that we can continue to serve those who have served us.”

For more information or to make a gift to the fund, visit the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Fund page on the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation website.

Media Contacts:

Michael Wilson
Director of Communications, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
484-695-3277 sends e-mail)

Thomas L. Applebach, MPA
Director, Office of Veterans Affairs, County of Lehigh
610-782-3295 sends e-mail)

Matt Szuchyt
Deputy Director of Policy & Communications
Office of Senator Pat Browne

Eliminating Scholarship Displacement Becomes Law in Pennsylvania

Eliminating Scholarship Displacement Becomes Law in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pa., July 13, 2022—Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed HB1642 into law on Friday, July 8, 2022, a public school system bill which includes a prohibition on scholarship displacement at public colleges and universities. The law makes Pennsylvania the fourth state in the country to eliminate the practice of colleges and universities reducing a student’s financial aid package when the student receives a private scholarship.

A statewide coalition of scholarship providers, including the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF), initiated the call for elimination of scholarship displacement. The bill goes into effect immediately and will affect awards for the upcoming academic year.

“We are pleased that students attending public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania will now more fully benefit from receiving scholarships from the Community Foundation,” said Carrie Krug Nedick, Director of Donor Services at LVCF. “Prior to passage of this bill, when a donor provided a scholarship award to a student, the university would sometimes reduce that student’s financial aid package accordingly. In some cases, it eliminates the scholarship’s benefit to the student and undermines the donor’s purpose in awarding the scholarship which is to assist meritorious students with financial need.”

The coalition advocating for the change included members of the Pennsylvania Community Foundation Association (LVCF is a founding member), the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation, the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable, and Pittsburgh’s Poise Foundation.  

The Pennsylvania Association of Community Foundations (PACFA) is a network of 31 individual community foundations, all working to enhance the quality of life in the regions they serve by growing permanent endowment funds, through creative and thoughtful grantmaking, tailored donor education and through dynamic community leadership partnerships. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Community Foundation Association at:

Walker Fund at LVCF Issues $396,000 in Grants for 2022

Walker Fund at LVCF Issues $396,000 in Grants for 2022

Allentown, Pa., July 7, 2022—The George T. Walker Charitable Fund at Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) recently issued more than $396,000 in grants to support organizations that were important to the late George T. Walker of Monroe County in Pennsylvania. A donor designated fund at the Community Foundation, the George T. Walker Charitable Fund provides annual grants to organizations designated through the estate of George T. Walker in perpetuity. Grants from the Fund for 2022 included the following:

  • American Red Cross – Northeastern PA Chapter
    General Operating – BioMedical Services – $41,660
  • Deborah Hospital Foundation
    Capital Campaign – Deborah100: The Campaign – $50,000
  • Effort United Methodist Church
    Outside and Inside Facilities Projects (HVAC) – $40,000
  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind
    General Operating – $75,000
  • Mount Pocono United Methodist Church
    Competitive Salaries & Praise Leader/Technology Upgrade – $40,000
  • Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps
    Emergency Shelter/Housing Programs serving Monroe County, Pa. – $75,000
  • St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Named Space at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – $75,000

The late George T. Walker of Monroe County in Pennsylvania discussed his charitable goals with his professional advisors in 2005, creating the parameters for a charitable fund at the Foundation which was funded by bequest upon his passing.  The George T. Walker Charitable Fund was established with his bequest in 2011.  “Mr. Walker specified that the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has complete discretion, each year, regarding the amounts to be granted to each of these charitable organizations as well as the specific programs to be funded by grants from the Fund,” said Carrie Krug Nedick, LVCF Director of Donor Services. “We are pleased to make these grants to the organizations Mr. Walker held dear as the Foundation fulfills his charitable legacy.”

About George T. Walker

George T. Walker lived a humble life in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He was very generous, and he was especially careful to support organizations doing so much for their communities without asking for reimbursement or charging fees. He wished to continue this legacy of “helping those who help others” after his lifetime. He sought guidance from his financial advisor and estate planning attorney on how to incorporate his charitable wishes into his estate plans. The legacy gifts resulting from his considerable estate had the potential for significant impact. His professional advisors recommended a charitable fund at Lehigh Valley Community Foundation to give to organizations in perpetuity. Grants from the Fund are made to Mt. Pocono United Methodist Church, Effort United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg, the American Red Cross of East Stroudsburg, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 

ASK MEGAN | Learn more about the community investments/grants opportunities at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

Megan Briggs
Vice President of Community Investments
840 West Hamilton Street
Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101
610 351-5353 Ext. 21

LVCF Grants Support Nonprofits Serving Youth and Families

LVCF Grants Support Nonprofits Serving Youth and Families

Allentown, Pa., May 18, 2022—Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recently distributed more than $185,000 in general operating grants to area nonprofits serving youth and families as part of its foundation-directed community investments grantmaking.

The Community Foundation manages several different area-of-interest funds that are focused on supporting Lehigh Valley youth and families, including The Edward & Inez Donley Fund; Walter & Alma Bastian Fund; Outdoor Recreation Fund for Youth; Robert D. & Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril Campership Fund; Lucille F. Driver Fund, and support from Roger and Kathy Yott.

“The Community Foundation’s goal in awarding these grants is to offer flexible funding to organizations that provide comprehensive approaches in engaging youth and their families in seeking a pathway for meaningful life aspirations,” explained Megan Briggs, LVCF’s Director of Community Investments.  “Guided by the communities they serve, these organizations prioritize either mental health needs in young people or focus on youth leadership development.”

Organizations receiving grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 in 2021-22 are:

  • Bethany Christian Services (Bethany) of Greater Delaware Valley (GDV)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley
  • Boys & Girls Club of Allentown, Inc.
  • Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
  • Camelot for Children
  • Casa Guadalupe Center
  • Cedar Crest College
  • Cohesion Network
  • Community Bike Works
  • Community Services for Children Inc
  • Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology, Inc.
  • Family Connection of Easton
  • Fine Feather Foundation Inc. (fiscally sponsored by Holy District BIC)
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Greater Valley YMCA
  • Lehigh University Community Service Office
  • Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
  • Lehigh Valley Girls Rock
  • Mercy School For Special Learning
  • Mikayla’s Voice
  • Pinebrook Family Answers
  • Pratyush Sinha Foundation
  • Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley: I Can Be Program
  • REACH LV Youth Recovery Center, a division of Recovering Adolescents and Friends Together, Inc.
  • Resurrected Community Development Corporation
  • Shiloh Baptist Church DBA Greater Shiloh Church
  • The Children’s Home of Easton
  • The Fe Foundation
  • Third Street Alliance for Women & Children
  • Unidos Inc
  • United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

The grants applications were evaluated by the Youth & Families Advisory Grant Committee which included both content and context experts in the field of youth and families. The committee representatives included several diverse perspectives including age, geography, race, ethnicity, income, and gender. Applications were evaluated based on the organization’s area of focus, the population they serve, and how they are guided by the community in proving transformational youth services in an equitable manner.  Learn more about LVCF’s foundation-directed grantmaking – click here.

A Message to Donors and Friends | COVID-19

A Message to Donors and Friends | COVID-19

Dear Donors and Friends: As you know, the unfolding COVID-19 situation is very fluid and requires careful considerations and thoughtful precaution by all community members.  Out of caution for our staff and visitors we have decided to operate the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation remotely beginning Monday, March 16 and extending into the end of March.  Be assured that we are prepared to support the work of the Foundation, and we intend to stay on track with our administrative and grantmaking responsibilities.

What does this mean for you and your fund? 

  • We will continue to process grants and gifts, reconcile accounts, and respond to your questions. 
  • Please log on to Donor Central (as applicable) via LVCF website or to make grant recommendations and to stay current on LVCF announcements. 
  • Please email me with any questions or concerns at sends e-mail) or call me at 610-351-5353, extension 11.  I will be online, and I will be checking voicemail often. 
  • Necessary meetings will be held via conference call or via WebEx, so I will be reaching out to you to reschedule any affected meetings. 
  • Check our website for general updates and other contact info, at, see our resource page for nonprofit organizations, and take this opportunity to follow our social media including Facebook and Twitter @lvcfoundation for timely updates. 

What does this mean for our community? 

These are uncertain times that may significantly impact our friends and neighbors in the weeks to come.  We are in close contact with community leaders and nonprofits to understand arising needs, program changes, and other developments.  We hope to communicate opportunities for you to support our community members during this challenging time once we have more clarity.  Stay tuned for more information.

Keep in touch

We will continue to monitor guidance form the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.  We will communicate changes and updates via Donor Central, our website, and social media.  As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any staff member for an update.

Thank you for your continued support of our region and your Community Foundation.

Warm regards,

Erika Riddle Petrozelli, CPA
Vice President for Philanthropy

840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101
610 351-5353   Ext. 13 |

Grant from PPL Foundation to The Galaxy Fund at LVCF to Support the ASD Learning Dome

Grant from PPL Foundation to The Galaxy Fund at LVCF to Support the ASD Learning Dome

Allentown, Pa., March 3, 2020—The Galaxy Fund at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recently received a $50,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. The grant will support The Galaxy Fund at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation which provides funding primarily to the Allentown School District to support the Allentown Learning Dome, located at Louis E. Dieruff High School. The fund also supports STEM projects in the Allentown School District (ASD).

“The grant from the PPL Foundation will fortify the Galaxy Fund at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, enabling the fund to support the ongoing maintenance, sustainability, and programming of the Allentown Learning Dome,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Community Foundation.  “We thank the PPL Foundation for this $50,000 grant which builds upon previous contributions from the Community Foundation, and local businesses, led by Lee Butz of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., whose support made the Learning Dome possible by providing for new equipment and needed renovations.  Their contributions along with the state funding secured by state Senator Pat Browne will help support the Learning Dome well into the future.”

The Learning Dome is open to all of ASD’s 17,000 students and is used for not only astronomy, but also for subjects such as ecology, environmental science, geology, biology and anatomy. The Dome can display a three-dimensional universe that allows students to explore stars and galaxies. Using various software, teachers can take students on a journey through different layers of Earth, teach about meteorology, and explore the inside of the human body.

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. This year, the PPL Foundation received more than 100 applications during this highly competitive grant cycle. The Galaxy Fund at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation was one of 13 organizations to be selected for a grant.

“We are continuously inspired by the caring, commitment and creativity of the many nonprofit organizations such as the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation who make a lasting difference in our communities, and this year’s grant recipients are no exception. We’re proud to support their efforts,” said Ryan Hill, PPL Foundation president.

About the PPL Foundation

Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation promotes the development of sustainable communities and supports children’s success from cradle to career. The PPL Foundation contributes more than $3 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

About Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

For more than five decades, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) 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. 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: