Community Foundation of Western PA Disburses $5.4M in 2017

Community Foundation of Western PA Disburses $5.4M in 2017

SHARON, Pa. – Funds within the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio awarded 1,781 grants totaling $5.4 million last year, the foundation announced in its 2017 annual report. Through donations and fundraising, the foundation received $13.2 million.

“The Community Foundation’s story is one that balances stability while experiencing great growth,” said Karen Winner Sed, president of the corporate board, in the report. “It is in working together that we have been most effective. … With a mission to serve the community, our intention is to be aware of the ever-changing needs in order to address them. Addressing them together has become a more common practice and one that will continue.”

In total, the foundation’s six affiliates – the Northern Mercer County Community Foundation, Grove City Foundation, Trumbull County Community Foundation, Lawrence County Community Foundation, Shenango Valley Foundation and Northern Trumbull County Foundation – held $98 million in assets at the end of 2017.

Among the funds that are part of those affiliates are the Strimbu Memorial Fund, the Baughman Community Foundation and the Almira Foundation.

The largest grant area was for health and family services, where $1.4 million was awarded, followed by community development, $1.2 million, and children and school programs, $1.1 million.

The largest recipients were Thiel College, $228,000; Freedom Warrior Program recipients, $195,825; and Buhl Park Corp., $153,712.

A full breakdown of each affiliate and the grants awarded – as well as a list new funds, highlights for major funds and programs supported by the grants – can be found in the full annual report here.

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