#PhilanthropyFriday: Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Collective Philanthropic Voice

At the Scranton Area Community Foundation, we pride ourselves on being a learning organization, which means that we are working to create the opportunities for learning both with our staff and also with our nonprofit community. By being a learning organization, we can support the capacity of people and organizations so that they maximize their effectiveness and performance.

Always keeping up on the most current developments in the Foundation field, members of the team headed to State College this week for the 2018 Statewide Gathering of Community Foundations and the 2018 Statewide Health Funders Convening.

It was an opportunity to learn from and share with other community foundations and health funders across the Commonwealth. We discussed how the recent tax laws have changed the landscape of charitable giving, addressed ways to address inequity and engage least advantaged community members, and brainstormed how to strengthen Pennsylvania’s collective philanthropic voice. We bring these best practices that were shared back to our community so that we can effectively serve as our donors’ and friends’ philanthropic partners.

Our team was proud to be a voice from Northeastern Pennsylvania to share the great things happening in our local communities through our Women in Philanthropy initiative; our Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence; and our transportation initiative, NEPA Moves.

Photo: Joel Grabin, Scranton Area Community Foundation; Brittany Pagnotti, Scranton Area Community Foundation; Maggie Martinelli, Scranton Area Community Foundation; Athena Aardweg, Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance; Paula Dworek, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania; and Monica Reyes, Berks County Community Foundation.


In addition to the 2018 Statewide Gathering of Community Foundations, our President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi, was in Philadelphia this week, speaking at a PennDOT Workshop. She joined forces with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to present the recent achievements of NEPA Moves with a wide audience of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) employees and supporters.

Photo: Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of Scranton Area Community Foundation; Michael Taluto, Safety Press Officer at PennDOT; and Erin Mierzwa, Strategic Outreach & Engagement Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.


It was a productive week of networking with community foundations and collaborating with partners across the Commonwealth to stay abreast of local issues and national best practices. Together, community foundations are collectively working to raise a philanthropic voice to enhance the quality of life for people in Pennsylvania. Through our charitable donors, we’re proud of the work we do right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.