Foundation Receives $1 Million Bequest from Scranton Family

Sixty-three years after the initial $1.0 million dollar gift from the Scranton family that first established the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the Foundation has received another $1.0 million dollar bequest from the estate of the late Gov. William W. Scranton and his late wife, Mary L. Chamberlin Scranton.

While over the past 63 years, the foundation has grown to manage over 200 individual charitable funds, none of this would have been possible without that initial generous gift.

William W. Scranton III, along with William III’s wife, Maryla, donated the $1.0 million gift recently on behalf of the estate. They presented the gift to the Foundation’s leadership and executive committee of the board of governors.

The donation will be used to support the Foundation’s general unrestricted endowment, also known as the Community Needs Fund, which provides critical needs and community needs grants to the community to help nonprofit organizations meet their critical missions.

“This extremely generous gift will greatly increase our ability to meet the many, continually growing needs of our community over the short and long term,” said Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO. “We are honored to receive this gift, as the Scranton Family was integral in the establishment of the Foundation. To continue to receive this support from the family is extremely meaningful.”