Awards Dinner Honorees

Art and Jane Ridley, the Center for Developmental Disabilities and Kittatinny Canoes were the honorees at the Greater Pike Community Foundation’s third annual award reception during fall 2016.

Every year, the Greater Pike Community Foundation recognizes local philanthropists, businesses and organizations for their commitment to our community.  The event this year was held at High Point Banquet and Event Center in Montague, NJ, on Wednesday, October 5.  The awards that were granted at the event were:

  • Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award recognizes Pike County residents who exemplify the spirit of “giving back.” Art and Jane Ridley were chosen because of their extraordinary record of public service and philanthropic support. In addition to the recognition, the Ridleys received a $1,000 grant to donate to the charitable endeavor of their choice. The Ridleys donated it to The Ingeborg A. Biondo Memorial Foundation, which re-granted the funds to Country Ark Farm.
  • Not-for-Profit Award recognizes non-profit organizational excellence. For more than 40 years, the Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County has provided educational, therapeutic, behavioral and family support services for children with developmental delays and disabilities.
  • Richard L. Snyder Excellence in Business Award recognizes businesses that foster environmental and economic growth in our community. For the past 25 years Kittatinny Canoes, led by Ruth Jones, has supported an annual on-and-under-the-river cleanup that since its inception has recruited more than 9,000 volunteers, removed more than 450 tons of debris from the Delaware River and raised awareness of the importance of stewardship of our natural environment.  Ruth Jones also received a $1,000 grant to donate to the charitable endeavor of her choice. She selected the Forest City Volunteer Fire Department and the Matamoras Volunteer Fire Department.
Thank you to our 2016 dinner sponsors!

Greater Pike Community Foundation was established to provide a personal and permanent way for donors to support the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain. The Foundation enables individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted community philanthropy. “For Good, Forever” is the simple purpose of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

GPCF Receives $32,000 in Funding

Photo of NEPA Alliance NCAC presenting $32,000 in funding to the Board of Directors of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center announced $32,000 in funding for the Greater Pike County Community Foundation.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC) recently announced $32,000 in funding for the Greater Pike County Community Foundation. The news was shared at the Fauchère Meeting Center, in Milford, PA.

NCAC, through its affiliate the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, was awarded an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Area Development Grant for NCAC’s Community Foundation Initiative. NCAC, in collaboration with the NEPA Grantmakers Forum, will provide funding and technical assistance for the start-up of a community foundation in both Carbon and Pike Counties.

About NCAC Funding

Photo of the Greater Pike Community Foundation receiving funding from Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center.
At the recent check presentation, L-R: Kurt Bauman, NCAC & NEPA Alliance; James Pedranti, GPCF; and Jeffrey Box, NEPA Alliance.

A total of $32,000 in funding will be awarded to the Greater Pike County Community Foundation to serve as the catalyst for the growth and expansion of the foundation. NCAC will assist with identifying best practices for community foundations, offering workshops on grant seeking and grant writing, and coordinating educational training for professional advisors.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate of NEPA, providing assistance to nonprofit and community organizations throughout the region. NCAC’s mission is to strengthen and support Northeastern Pennsylvania’s nonprofit organizations and grantmakers in their service to our region. NCAC develops and offers resources, facilitates partnerships and collaborations and assists in the identification and implementation of governance and management best practices to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations and the services and programs they offer.

Photo of Greater Pike Community Foundation Board Chair presenting the foundation's mission to representatives of NCAC.
James Pedranti, Greater Pike Community Foundation Board Chair, outlined the foundation’s mission for representatives of NCAC.

Mini-grants Awards from the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund

The Greater Pike Community Foundation announced the winners of five $1,000 ‘mini-grants’ for not-for-profit organizations in the greater Pike County area.

Funding for program comes from the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund at the Greater Pike Community Foundation, a donor-directed fund established in 2014.

“We are grateful to Barbara for her generosity. Not only will these grants provide much-needed funds to non-profits in our community, but it also will continue the Foundation’s gift giving through a competitive application process,” said Jim Pedranti, who serves as Board Chair for the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

Mini-grants Award Winners

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

Barbara Buchanan stated, “Congratulations. I am pleased to be giving to five organizations whose aims and goals are most commendable and worthy of this monetary gift.”

Greater Pike Community Foundation’s slogan is “For good, forever.” The foundation was established to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted community philanthropy.

There is, perhaps, no better return on an investment than witnessing the profound difference a gift can make within one’s local community—in the lives of friends and neighbors—and knowing that these results have permanence and will benefit future generations.

The Foundation provides that permanent and personal way to give back to the region so many of us love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.

Gifts to the foundation, or the establishment of a donor-directed fund, will provide support to those local programs and non-profit organizations that are most important to the donor.

John Keisendahl Honored with Community Service Award

Photo of John Kiesendahl, Barbara Buchanan, Senator Lisa Baker, and Representative Mike Peifer at the awards dinner.
L-R: John Keisendahl, Barbara Buchanan, Senator Lisa Baker, and Representative Mike Peifer.

On October 2nd, more than 150 guests joined the Board of Directors of the Greater Pike Community Foundation to recognized John Keisendahl as the recipient of the 2nd Annual Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award. The event was held at the Inn at Woodloch Pines.

Because of her extraordinary commitment to public service and gift giving, the Greater Pike Community Foundation established the Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award to annually recognize a Pike County resident or family who exemplify the spirit of giving back to our community. In addition to recognition, annual recipients receive $1,000 for the charity of their choice.

Since 1958, the Kiesendahl family has owned and operated the resort at Woodloch Pines and grown it to one of the major employers in Pike County. In fact, it is rated the #1 place to work.

Photo of John Kiesendahl, Barbara Buchanan, Jim Pedranti and Maryanne Monte.
L-R: John Keisendahl, Barbara Buchanan, Jim Pedranti and Maryanne Monte.

John Kiesendahl is the eldest son of Harry and Mary, the resort’s founders, and is the President and CEO of Woodloch. He attended Cornell University’s Hotel school and joined the Navy before deciding to make Woodloch his career. He is best known for greeting guests personally during meals and wearing the “funny” pants (he has custom-tailored pants featuring many different children’s characters). He continues to provide the company with leadership and enthusiasm every day. John serves on the Board of Directors for the Dime Bank, is an active member of the School Board, and he is also Vice President of the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau.

Photo of John Keisendahl, Charles Kannebecker, Kelly Gaughan, Penny Luhrs and Matt Osterberg.
L-R: John Keisendahl, Charles Kannebecker, Kelly Gaughan, Penny Luhrs and Matt Osterberg.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation was established to provide a personal and permanent way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain. The Foundation enables individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted community philanthropy. For good, forever is the simple purpose of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

For more information about the Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award, please contact Maryanne Monte at 570-296-5420.

Jane Goldstein Endowment Fund Established

Dr. Henry Goldstein has established an endowment fund with the Greater Pike Community Foundation in honor of his late wife Jane Goldstein.

“Jane was a tremendous supporter of the Pike County Library System so I was moved to create this fund to benefit the library,” Dr. Goldstein asserted.

For years, Jane Goldstein gave her time and treasure in support of the Friends of the Pike County Library, at one point serving as its president. The “Friends” room in the new library building was dedicated in her honor and to this day, volunteers working there fondly remember Jane’s contributions.

Photo of GPCF representatives accepting a check as Dr. Henry Goldstein establishes an endowment fund in honor of his late wife Jane Goldstein.
L-R: Kirk Mackey, Chair PCPL Board; Jim Pedranti, Chair GPCF Board; Rose Chiocchi, PCPL Executive Director; Julie Goldstein and her son Joshua; and Dr. Henry Goldstein.

An initial check of $500 was presented to the library and the remaining amount of the endowment will be invested and annual withdrawals from the invested capital will be used to support ongoing operations.

Earlier this year, the Library received a $1,000 mini-grant from the Foundation’s Barbara J. Buchanan endowment fund.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation was established to provide a personal and permanent way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain. The Foundation enables individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted community philanthropy. For good, forever is the simple purpose of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

For more information about the Greater Pike Community Foundation, please visit our website.