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Two Area Foundations Partner to Fund Nonprofit Effectiveness Initiatives

Allentown, Pa., July 1, 2019—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation are teaming up to expand a program aimed at supporting nonprofit organizations to become more effective.

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. The centerpiece of its discretionary grantmaking in 2018-19, LVCF funded ten nonprofits in the region to foster capacity building efforts.

Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation has joined with LVCF and will fund two additional organizations next year in Northampton County to participate in the initiative and expand funding for two others already part of the pilot program.  “After an examination of the Nonprofit Effectiveness Pilot, we recognized the great potential of capacity building and its long-term impact on the nonprofit sector in Northampton County,” said Paul Brunswick, president & CEO of Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation. “We are delighted to be able to direct a portion of our grant dollars to expand the program in our region.”

“We are so pleased to partner with Two Rivers to grow this important initiative in Northampton County,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “This is an example of the power of partnership. Two venerable funders are coming together to help support our nonprofits which often forgo investing in important capacity building in order to maintain or increase their service levels.”

Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation has committed up to $50,000 to support the pilot program in 2020. The grant recipients will be announced during Winter 2019. “We believe this will be a sound investment in the future of the participating organizations,” said Janet Mease, executive vice president & chief operating officer of Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation. “Improving the effectiveness of nonprofits serving Northampton and the surrounding area will help us pursue our mission of enhancing the health and well-being of the residents.”

During the second year of the pilot, LVCF anticipates renewing the ten current grantees in addition to inviting two additional organizations the Nonprofit Effectiveness Pilot in 2020. Through both foundations’ joint investments, there will be 14 organization funded through these grants in 2020.  

“In this initial pilot year, we are excited about the progress that the grantees have already accomplished through this funding, from increasing fundraising capabilities to building capacity among a regional network of homeless and housing providers,” said Megan Briggs, director of community investments. “This grant model allows us to have conversations with grantees to truly learn the challenges that nonprofits are facing, and be a part of the solution.”

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:

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: