#PhilanthropyFriday: Our Team Gives Back


Did you know we manage over 175 individual charitable funds and every single contribution to these charitable funds and to the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Community Needs Fund helps to enhance the quality of life for all the people in our region?

There are many ways to give to the community. You can make a single contribution, contribute to an existing fund, establish a new fund, or make a planned gift. One-time gifts in any amount can be made at any time. If you would like to make a contribution to an existing fund or would like to establish your own fund at the Foundation, contact us! We are happy to help!

By the way, did you know many of our staff members at the Foundation have established their own funds for their own charitable giving?

Check out these two fund examples of how our team gives back:

Laura Ducceschi Fund for Animal Welfare
An animal lover, our President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi, established the Laura Ducceschi Fund for Animal Welfare at the Scranton Area Community Foundation in October 2015 through which to do her charitable giving. A non-endowed fund, it supports issues related to the care and welfare of animals and humane education. Both 501(c)(3) organizations, as well as veterinary costs, are supported through this fund.

Laura created this fund in order to do her charitable giving as well as a way to educate others on the importance of humane treatment of animals. To date, the Laura Ducceschi Fund for Animal Welfare has supported charitable causes including Equine Rescue, Humane Education, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Adoption and rescue efforts for homeless animals, Trap-Neuter-Release initiatives, and Animal Sanctuary support.

William Nasser Jr. Scholarship Fund
After the passing of her father in early 2018, our Director of Administration and Projects, Maggie Martinelli, along with her family, established the William Nasser Jr. Scholarship Fund to honor her father’s legacy. William “Bill” K. Nasser Jr., CPA, was a longtime certified public accountant in Dunmore who worked tirelessly to guide, support and provide for others. As a father, grandfather, partner, friend, advisor, neighbor, and philanthropist, he had a boundless, enthusiastic energy, and a helpful giving heart. He was well-known for providing internships at his family’s accounting practice and for supporting the education of others. To honor his legacy, Maggie and her family have established a scholarship in his memory to support students seeking an accounting or business degree.

At the Scranton Area Community Foundation, we know how important giving back to the community is as we see the impact it has on lives in Lackawanna County every day. To learn more about the many ways you can give to the community through the Scranton Area Community Foundation, contact us today or visit