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Area Nonprofits Receive $75,000 in Grants from LVCF’s Igniting Change Fund

Allentown, Pa., March 14, 2019— The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recently announced $75,000 in grants from its 2018-19 Igniting Change Fund to provide additional resources to expand on the important work the Foundation began during its 50th Anniversary year of Spark grantmaking in 2017.

Following LVCF’s Be the Spark! Campaign, Dr. Christopher Borick of Muhlenberg College’s Institute of Public Opinion authored the Lötter Reflections Paper, which identified the key issues and needs affecting the Lehigh Valley within the six areas of focus of the Be the Spark! Campaign. The findings helped inform the Foundation’s grantmaking from the Igniting Change Fund.

“For the Igniting Change Fund, we focused our efforts on supporting organizations that use a comprehensive approach in the delivery of services for vulnerable populations,” said Megan Briggs, LVCF’s director of community investments. “These grant awards support general operating costs which enables organizations to utilize the funding to most effectively pursue their missions without adding an administrative burden.”

LVCF’s Igniting Change Fund grants included:

Cultural Enrichment

  • Baum School of Art, Allentown - $5,000
  • Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Allentown - $10,000
  • Repertory Dance Theatre, Allentown - $5,000


  • Community Bike Works, Allentown - $5,000
  • Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington - $5,000
  • Greater Easton Development Partnership, Easton - $5,000

Food & Housing Access

  • Nurture Nature Center, Easton - $5,000

Human Trafficking

  • Truth for Women, Inc., Bethlehem - $5,000

Mental & Behavioral Health

  • Pinebrook Family Answers, Allentown - $5,000
  • KidsPeace, Schnecksville - $5,000
  • Treatment Trends, Inc., Allentown - $5,000
  • NAMI Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem -$5,000

Veterans Affairs

  • Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council, Allentown – $5,000
  • Victory House of Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem - $5,000

For more information on LVCF’s community investments and grantmaking visit:

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 knows and navigates 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.