Chairman’s Message

In 2019, we celebrated 25 years of being…Here for Good.TM! It was a wonderful opportunity to relive our founding and all the great things accomplished by our friends, donors, nonprofits, community partners, and staff of The Luzerne Foundation.  We thank everyone who has been part of our success. We couldn’t have done it without you!

It’s a new year, a new decade, and we are excited to begin in 2020 with a new strategic plan. The findings of this plan revealed what we are doing right and where we can improve. Those who participated helped clarify who we are, what we do, and why it matters. Thank you for taking the time to share your valued input! We are excited to share with you the driving force behind this plan, our Mission and Core Values.

Our Mission:
The Luzerne Foundation works to enhance the lives of Luzerne County residents by evaluating and addressing community need through strategic grantmaking, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to causes that matter to them.

Our multi-faceted approach to philanthropy will develop as we follow four simple mission fulfillment principles:

Encourage donors to make effective charitable decisions through our donor-centric approach to philanthropy.

Grow The Foundation’s unrestricted assets to provide for diverse community needs for generations to come.

Listen to the needs of our donors, nonprofits, and our community as a whole.

Collaborate to support creative solutions to build capacity in our nonprofits and work closely with professional advisors, other nonprofits, and community leaders.

These are big goals, and I believe we are well prepared to meet them because of the Core Values that drive us: A commitment to the public good; transparency, integrity and honesty; accountability and responsible stewardship; commitment to excellence and maintaining the public trust, embracing diversity and inclusion, making philanthropy equitable for all.

Join us in our journey, our community needs you, and as we work together our mission is possible!

We are…
Here for Good.TM