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 360 funds and has distributed over $160 million dollars in grants. The Fund for Luzerne County alone has made 613 grants to worthy nonprofits in our community.
Throughout our anniversary year, we have celebrated at many events culminating at the 25th Anniversary Celebration dinner on May 9, 2019, at the Westmoreland Club. Sponsored by Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group, the event featured the awarding of twenty-five $10,000 grants and one $25,000 grant.