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LVCF Grants to Support Nonprofit Capacity Building Efforts

Program Expanded Through Partnership with Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation

Allentown, Pa., December 18, 2019—In 2018, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) established the Nonprofit Effectiveness Pilot that targets support to strengthen governance, management, and operations of nonprofit organizations.  LVCF invested a total of $100,000 in ten nonprofits in the region to foster capacity building efforts in 2019.

LVCF announced that the ten organizations funded in Year One will be renewed, each receiving $10,000, as part of a continuing cohort in the second year of the pilot.  In addition, the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley and Humanitarian Social Innovations were selected to participate in 2020, each receiving $10,000 grants.

Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation is partnering with the Community Foundation to help expand the reach of the Nonprofit Effectiveness pilot by providing $10,000 grants to four organizations serving Northampton County.  Safe Harbor and Equi-librium will each receive $10,000 grants to join the pilot.  Two Rivers will also provide $10,000 grants to expand the programs for two organizations currently in the pilot who are also supported by LVCF’s Nonprofit Effectiveness grants. The Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley and the Easton Area Community Center will each receive a total of $20,000 in grants, with half coming from Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation and the other half from LVCF. Through both foundations’ joint investments, there will be 14 organizations funded through these grants in 2020.

Organizations receiving a $10,000 nonprofit effectiveness renewal grants from LVCF include:

  • Bethlehem Area Education Foundation
    Data Management Tool
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley
    Creating a Sustainable Business Model
  • Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
    Planned and Individual Giving Fundraising Plan Development and Implementation
  • Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley
    Communities In Schools Intranet
  • Community Bike Works
    SOS: Smarter Operations and Staffing – Year 2
  • Easton Area Community Center
    Smart Operations- Staff Optimization and Development
  • Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley
    HCLV Capacity Building - Manager of Operations
  • Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)
    Development & Marketing Consulting Program
  • Third Street Alliance for Women & Children, on behalf of the Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board - Board Capacity Building
  • Young Women's Christian Association d/b/a YWCA Allentown
    Strategic Plan for Empowerment, Equity, and Social Justice

New Programs Receiving Nonprofit Effectiveness grants in 2020:

  • Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley
    Mining, Measuring & Managing Data to Increase Volunteer Engagement & Traffic
  • Humanitarian Social Innovations
    Sustainable Growth for Maximum Community Impact

Organizations receiving a $10,000 nonprofit effectiveness from Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation:

  • Easton Area Community Center
    Smart Operations- Staff Optimization and Development
  • Equi-lilbrium
    Ensuring Long-Term Success through Innovation and Growth
  • Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley
    HCLV Capacity Building - Manager of Operations
  • Safe Harbor Easton
    Board Development and Strategic Planning

About the Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation

The Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation brings people, organizations and resources together to improve the health and well-being of all people in Northampton County. They partner with nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses, government leaders and other foundations to find solutions to critical health issues.  Learn more at: https://www.trhwf.org/

About the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

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 in the Lehigh Valley and beyond in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. To learn more, visit:  www.lehighvalleyfoundation.org.

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