Cause Connection eNewsletter
In this issue, we share a high-level overview of our new strategic plan themed “growth through partnership.” As we turn the corner towards the end of the year, we share tips for charitable giving. We also provide a link to a webpage where you can find recordings of our virtual nonprofit visits from the past year. There you can watch videos and learn more about the important work these organizations are doing for the community. Thank you for your continued support and interest.
Please note that some links in the past issues are pointing to content from our previous website and will not work.
In this issue, we discuss the importance of developing an estate plan in recognition of “Make a Will” month. We also share a brief overview of our new 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 program is funded though unrestricted foundation-directed dollars. And finally we introduce you to two recent outstanding additions to our Board of Governors, Marvin Webb and Tom Neuhaus.
As we close the chapter on another fiscal year, we write to you with our many thanks for your contributions to our community. It has been another tumultuous year of uncertainty amid certain change, but we weathered the storm and proved our resiliency, yet again. This past year, fundholders granted over $5.6 million to nonprofits addressing a wide spectrum of community needs. It is through your generosity that food pantries continued to provide healthy meals; transportation was available to those seeking opioid addiction treatment; theaters opened their doors to patrons once again; and many more impactful grants from our over 260 charitable funds. Time and time again our donors step up to the plate and hit it out of the park – thank you!
LVCF’s work does not end when the check is written. Our role as a trusted community partner, advisor and leader came into focus during the early days of the pandemic. We continue to embrace this work for the long-term, across all teams and initiatives. We are engaged in the nonprofit community more deeply than ever, building new community partners and deepening existing relationships. In 2020-21, we truly began centering equity in the Lehigh Valley’s nonprofit sector. Through this work we focused our third year of the capacity building program on organizations with leaders who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). See Page 10 for more information on our approach. We also partnered with Faces International and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley to implement Project Equity (see page 8). We’re working with stakeholders in the region to create a common vision, values, and strategies for redesigning an equitable and sustainable nonprofit sector.
We have also launched a new donor support platform to engage the next generation of philanthropists and to share our grantmaking expertise with families who want to make more of an impact in the Lehigh Valley. We are excited about our role in nurturing place-based philanthropy.
There is a lot of really good stuff happening, and we are so fortunate to have reached this point of visibility, credibility, and strength. I hope it’s obvious that the Community Foundation continues to fire on all cylinders with a wonderful, highly effective team in place, thanks to the vision and leadership of Bernie Story, supported by the Board of Governors.
We have so much to be thankful for in 2020-21 including your continued support of our work and our region. Our work continues – all of our contributions, no matter how big or small. Our community counts on it and its making a difference in people’s lives.
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Who doesn’t love to see interesting photos and videos in their social media feed online? How about when those photos/videos are of the people, places, causes and news-worthy philanthropic activities in and around the Lehigh Valley? At LVCF we aim to please, from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to LinkedIn and the rest, the Community Foundation is using its social media platforms to connect people who care to the causes that matter— and more. We promise to educate, empower, entertain, and engage.
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