What an interesting year 2012 was –for the Foundation it was a year of change and challenges. We are truly becoming the Center For Philanthropy in our community.
We became deeply involved in the recovery efforts from last year’s flooding serving as a part of the Disaster Relief Recovery Coalition and we continue to participate to ensure those affected are served and to assure our community we are organized should an event like it happen again.
We were galvanized to be part of the Anti-Bullying Coalition which had already been reaching out to assist teachers and students alike to recognize and deal with the serious issues young people face. The members of the Millennium Circle Fund of The Luzerne Foundation voted to further fund these efforts.
We continue to provide educational seminars and forums for nonprofits, fundraising professionals and professional advisors (accountants, attorneys, estate planners) during our Annual Meeting events. These were well received and led to new funds being established at The Foundation.
And “The Ribbon” was finally unveiled at the Millennium Circle Portal of the River Common. It is the first piece of public art to be placed along the river and we hope it will inspire everyone to “reach up and out” today and for years to come by being part of The Luzerne Foundation.
As you can see from the pie chart, The Foundation has distributed over $46 million in grants since our beginnings in 1994. The impact on our community has been immeasurable and we have you to thank. LF Pie Chart & Inception Grants 12-31-12 Updated
As we move closer to our 20th anniversary in 2014 watch for more changes, challenges and opportunities. As always, be in touch with us with any questions or suggestions. What needs do you see in our community? Let us know.