Twenty-five years ago, in 1994, a small group of individuals led by Frank Bevevino, established The Luzerne Foundation — a community foundation. The goal was to create a means of funding causes and organizations in Luzerne County in perpetuity — long after their days were done. The founding board members felt it was critical to have a pool of unrestricted or general interest assets to best serve the various and changing needs in the community. They created The Fund for Luzerne County to do just that.
As a recognized community foundation, The Luzerne Foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit, autonomous, publicly supported, nonsectarian philanthropic institution with a long-term goal of building permanent, named component funds established by separate donors to carry out their charitable interests and for the broad-based charitable interest of, and for, the benefit of residents in Luzerne County. In other words, The Luzerne Foundation is a philanthropic resource. We assist in the creation of funds for various purposes; work with professional advisors; collaborate with area nonprofits; and act as a steward of the funds under our roof.
Today, the Luzerne Foundation is home to over 350 funds and has distributed over $145 million dollars in grants. The Fund for Luzerne County alone has made 613 grants to worthy nonprofits in our community.
We hope you will help us celebrate this remarkable milestone by joining us at one of the many Celebration Events throughout 2019 — especially the first time ever 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on May 9, 2019 sponsored by Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group.