The Luzerne Foundation held its 3rd Annual Nonprofit Forum on Wednesday, March 30th. With over 100 people in attendance, 33 local nonprofit organizations spoke, for five minutes each, to share their mission, discuss the needs and challenges they face, and highlight their programming efforts. These nonprofit organizations represent the seven major field-of-interest areas that The Foundation feels represent our comprehensive community needs: Education and Scholarships, Neighborhoods and Community Development, Youth Issues, Historic Preservations and the Environment, Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness, and Social Services. Together, these seven fields of interest support a healthy and sustainable community that enhances the lives of Luzerne County residents.
At the conclusion of the Forum, The Foundation held a drawing for a $1,000 grant from each of the seven field-of-interest areas. The seven winners were:
Front Row, left to right: Merlyn Fletcher, Newport Township Community Organization ~ Neighborhoods & Communities; David Kovach, Stuart Tank Memorial Association ~Historic Land Preservation & The Environment; Karen Baker, The Commonwealth Medical College ~ Health & Wellness
Back Row, left to right: John Dowd, Grants Distribution Committee Chairman; Lani Drobnock, United Way of Greater Hazleton ~ Social Services; Bob Skulsky, Greater Hazleton Civic Partnership ~ Education; Jim Payne, Camp Orchard Hill ~ Youth Issues; Will Beekman, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts ~ Arts & Culture; Charles M. Barber, President & CEO
“We had a very successful and informative day,” said Charles Barber, President and CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “I would like to thank everyone who spoke on behalf of our area’s nonprofit groups as well as those who attended the Forum.”
The Luzerne Foundation supports donors with their charitable giving, helping them invest strategically in causes they care about and in ways that make a difference in our community. We are a philanthropic leader, a community resource and a financial steward. We are… Here for Good.
Additional grants will be announced and awarded at the Luzerne Foundation’s 2016 Annual Meeting on May 12th at the F.M. Kirby Center in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Contact us to register!