Nonprofit Forum

The Luzerne Foundation’s Nonprofit Forum

Every year, local organizations gather at the Nonprofit Forum sponsored by The Luzerne Foundation. Each organization has five minutes to present its background and mission, and how it is addressing the community’s needs. Nonprofits attending the Forum work in the seven areas served by the Foundation: Arts & Culture, Education & Scholarships, Health & Wellness, Historic Preservation & the Environment, Neighborhoods & Community Development, Social Services, and Youth Issues.

The Grants Committee of The Foundation selects a few of the nonprofits to receive grants after their presentations. Although not every organization can receive grants at the Forum, they all have a great opportunity to find new donors through The Luzerne Foundation’s network of fundholders, organizations, individuals, and other foundations who are interested in their cause.

The Luzerne Foundation’s 9th Annual Nonprofit Forum

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
8:30 AM till Noon
The Woodlands Inn
1073 Highway 315 Wilkes-Barre

Our Process

The Luzerne Foundation will select 30-35 local charities to present for a 5-minute time slot (3 minutes for presentation, 2 minutes of questions). The grant size for this Forum is $5,000-$10,000.

If your organization is awarded a grant from The Luzerne Foundation, we will recognize you at our Annual Meeting CelebrationWednesday, October 19, 2022, at The Westmoreland Club.

The Luzerne Foundation’s Grants Distribution Committee will read through each application and invite participants to speak at the Forum based on the information provided in their applications. 

501(c)(3) public charities (in good standing) that serve Luzerne County residents are encouraged to apply!

  • If you received YAC Funding this year, you are eligible to apply.
  • You are eligible if you applied or participated in last year’s Forum.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 15th

Forum Timeline

September 15: Submission deadline for applications. Please submit electronically to diane@luzfdn.org. Please send one (1) PDF containing all components of the application and be sure to use the name of your organization in the file name. Example: ABC Charity Forum Submission 2022, etc.

September 25: Notification sent to finalists with Forum Commitment Form, Participation Guidelines, and the time and day of your scheduled presentation.

October 1: PowerPoint slides (optional), Forum Narrative (required), and signed Forum Commitment due via email to diane@luzfdn.org

**No submissions will be accepted the day of the Forum**

We will notify selected nonprofit organizations of the Grants Distribution Committee’s decision by September 25. If your application is chosen, you will be given participation instructions as you prepare for your 5-minute Forum presentation on October 5.  

It is our honor and privilege to host this Forum. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you good luck in the selection process.

2019 Nonprofit Forum

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