We are thankful to all who came out to join us for an evening of legacy at our 2018 Annual Community Celebration event at POSH at the Scranton Club on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
If you missed our event or would like to relive the special moments from the evening, you can access a recording of our 2018 Annual Community Celebration here: https://vimeo.com/304950147
During the event, we honored the immeasurable legacy of Jeanne Bovard, who served as Executive Director of the Scranton Area Community Foundation for 25 years until 2012. All gifts raised through the event this year were evenly distributed between the Jeanne Anderson Bovard Fund and the Jeanne Bovard Administrative Endowment Fund, which helps the Scranton Area Community Foundation carry out its mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in the Lackawanna County region through the development of organized philanthropy.
We kicked off the evening with a CLE/CE Professional Education Seminar, The Hottest Topics in Nonprofit Law, presented by Donald W. Kramer, Esq., Chair of the Nonprofit Practice Group at Montgomery McCracken, Walker & Rhoades and Editor & Publisher of Don Kramer’s Nonprofit Issues®.
Following the seminar, we gathered for a reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails along with live music provided by J&K Strings.
During our program, we recognized three outstanding community partners: LaTida Smith, President & CEO of the Moses Taylor Foundation; Geisinger; and Brigid E. Carey, Esq.; chosen because of their commitment to our community by the ways they promote philanthropy or because they serve as an effective ambassador to the mission of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. We are grateful to have these distinguished partners in our community.
In addition to recognizing our community partners, we were proud to feature three funds at the Scranton Area Community Foundation: The Lois Kearney Art Fund; William Nasser Jr. Scholarship Fund; and the Jason Evans Memorial Wrestling Scholarship Fund; all of which were established recently to honor the memories of a cherished loved one while making a lasting impact in our community. We are grateful to these donors, and all of our generous donors, who choose the Scranton Area Community Foundation to help them carry out their charitable goals while honoring their loved one’s legacy.
2018 was a phenomenal year at the Foundation. We welcomed 24 new funds and distributed a record $1.3 million dollars in grants and scholarships to the community in 2018. In addition, we distributed another $1.5 million in grants and scholarships through the foundations we administer. We provided support through Community Needs Grants to 48 local nonprofit organizations this year. Our Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence provided capacity development education for over 200 nonprofit professionals in the community in 2018. We had a record amount of $217,765 collectively raised in 24 hours through 25 nonprofit organizations through our fourth annual NEPA Match Day event. Our Women in Philanthropy initiative has grown to over 100 supporters and 25 community partners and our transportation council, NEPA Moves, has grown to over 100 regional members. To learn more about our successes over the year, please visit our website, www.safdn.org.
A very special thank you to our President’s Circle Sponsor, PNC, and all of the individuals and businesses that have generously provided support and sponsorship for our 2018 Annual Community Celebration.
Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page:
We are grateful for your support and look forward to a prosperous 2019.