Growth Report 2017: Community Foundation Of W. Pa. Awards $6.2M

Editor’s Note: The following story is from Growth Report 2017, published by The Business Journal.

SHARON, Pa. – Kyle English, executive director of the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, has one message for those who support the organization: “Thank you.”

Last year, the foundation awarded $6.2 million in grants through its six affiliates in Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania and Trumbull County in Ohio. And the foundation awarded more than 200 scholarships worth about $500,000, English says.

“We are blessed to be surrounded by exemplary charitable organizations who extend their hands on a daily basis to help lift up those who need assistance,” English says. “Each dollar that was distributed to our region had one single purpose: to help in improving the lives of the fellow members of our community.”

In the coming year, the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio will launch AcademicWorks, a software program designed to help streamline the awarding of scholarships. This technology will make the application process easier for students, and the job easier for school counselors and review committees.

The foundation will also work in building relationships with leaders seeking to support charities that impact their communities, English says.
Donor-advised and field-of-interest funds continue to be popular, he notes, as they offer donors the freedom to support organizations close to them and provide the largest tax deductions.

“We are fortunate to be living in one of the most generous regions of our nation,” the director says. “The willingness of individuals and businesses to donate their time, treasure, and talent truly is remarkable.”

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