Chairman’s Message

There are a lot of numbers to talk about at the Foundation.

  • 25 years
  • $145 million in grants
  • 350 + funds
  • $38 million in assets

Impressive? Yes. But numbers don’t always tell the whole story. You see, the Luzerne Foundation’s impact on our community goes far beyond dollars. Our 25th Anniversary Celebration is a perfect time to reflect on how far we’ve come and anticipate the future.

The founding Board of Directors had one mission – to create a pool of resources through a community foundation that would continue in perpetuity to address the needs of our community.  Over the last twenty-five years those needs have changed and the Foundation has always been there to assist, collaborate, encourage and support them. Today, the current Board of Directors continues that commitment and I am very proud to serve as Chair during our anniversary year of celebration.

The Fund for Luzerne County, the first fund of the Foundation, is a perfect example of many donors’ resources combined to have greater impact. Every contribution makes a difference today and will continue to do so long after we’re all gone. The Fund for Luzerne County has distributed over 162 grants since April 1994 to nonprofits organizations and causes that have improved the quality of life for all of us.

I hope you will join us at one of the many 25th Anniversary Celebration events. The Foundation is here because of people like you who care and see the need in our community. I encourage you to consider a 25th Anniversary contribution. Your gift will have lasting impact.

Here for Good.™

John Dowd
Board Chairman, The Luzerne Foundation Board of Directors