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Foundation-Directed Leadership Grantmaking

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has formally adapted incorporating Community Leadership into our Foundation-directed grantmaking platform. The Community Foundation industry defines Community Leadership as the following: The community foundation is a community partner that creates a better future for all by pursuing the community’s greatest opportunities and addressing the most critical challenges, inclusively uniting people, institutions, and resources from throughout the community, and producing significant, widely shared and lasting results. 

Especially in relation to the Leadership Foundation-directed grantmaking focus areas, LVCF is taking an active role in several different initiatives and collaboratives that further the impact of LVCF’s mission. Please view community leadership initiatives under each Leadership Foundation-directed grantmaking focus area below to learn more. They include 1) Capacity Building, 2) Youth and Families, and 3) Arts and Culture.

Community Investment Funds generate the unrestricted dollars that support Foundation-Directed grantmaking.


Capacity Building

Grantmaking - After formally evaluating the first two years of the program, the Community Foundation is planning the next iteration of this grantmaking program. At current time, the Community Foundation is gathering feedback from past and current program grantees and valued partners. In March 2022, LVCF launched the CORE Fellowship Program was based off LVCF’s experience in both the Nonprofit Effectiveness Program and Project Equity Initiative, that was jointly launched with UWGLV and FACES International. To learn more about the history of the Nonprofit Effectiveness Program, click here.

2020-21 Grantmaking Cycle for Capacity Building | Core Fellowship Programs

The CORE Fellowship Program is a three-year capacity building process designed to bring diverse Lehigh Valley nonprofit leaders together to center equity in themselves, their relationships, their organizations, and the Lehigh Valley non-profit sector.  Find all the details - Click Here

Community Leadership - The Community Foundation staff have providing leadership in a number of initiatives that support capacity building among nonprofit organizations. Initiatives include Project Equity Initiative and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank Reinventing Our Communities Program. In addition, staff provide leadership and participate in collaboratives such as the regional Strategic Response Team, Technical Assistance Working Group of the Strategic Response Team, and the Lehigh Valley Funders Group.


Youth & Families

Grantmaking - The Community Foundation manages the funds for several different area-of-interest funds that are focused on supporting Lehigh Valley youth & families.  In the 2021-2022 grant cycle, the Community Foundation will group these funds together for a competitive grant award process to organizations that are providing services for youth & families. 

Community Leadership - Foundation staff serve on the Steering Committee for Allentown’s Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), administered by Community Action Lehigh Valley.  The Program is focused on serving Youth in Center City Allentown.


Arts, Culture & Creative Economy

Grantmaking - The staff of the Community Foundation participates in several collaboratives that are important to promoting and providing arts & culture in the region.  The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation is the regional partner agency of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Through the Partners in the Arts program, LVCF works with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to distribute grant awards for projects or programs involving artists throughout Region 5, which includes: Carbon, Monroe, Lehigh and Northampton counties. This program enables the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to reach a wider audience by increasing access to funds for organizations and artists across the state, thereby increasing statewide audience exposure to arts activities. Learn more...

The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grants are divided into three categories: 

Community Leadership - The staff of the Community Foundation participates in several collaboratives that are important to promoting and providing arts & culture in the region includint Touchstone Theatre’s Festival Unbound Council and Any Given Child Bethlehem.


ASK MEGAN | Learn more about the community investments/grants opportunities at LVCF

Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, Lehigh Valley Community FoundationMegan Briggs
Director of Community Investments
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
840. W. Hamilton Street, Suite 310
Allentown, PA 18101
610 351-5353, ext. 11 | megan@lvcfoundation.org