Foundation Hosts First Barbara J. Buchanan Award Dinner

The first annual Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award dinner and ceremony was held at Skytop Lodge on September 26, 2014.  This award will annually recognize and honor Pike County residents who exemplify the spirit of giving back to our community. Honorees will receive $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

On Friday, September 26, more than 150 friends, family and elected officials gathered at Skytop Lodge for the first Annual Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award dinner. The award was named in her honor because of Barbara’s extraordinary commitment to public service and gift giving.

Photo at the Barbara J. Buchanan Service Award Dinner.
L-R: GPCF Chair Jim Pedranti, Honoree Barbara J. Buchanan, and Luzerne Foundation President & CEO Charles Barber.

James Pedranti, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board, emceed the event including a video tribute to Barbara, proclamations from elected officials and the presentation of a $1,000 check, in Barbara’s name, to Julia Quinlan to support the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. Pedranti stated, “The Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award will be presented annually to recognize a Pike County resident who, like Barbara, exemplifies the spirit of giving back to our community. This award dinner will be the Foundation’s way of saying thanks.”

In her remarks accepting the award, Barbara emphasized the need to live up to one’s potential and encouraged future generations to follow her example. In short, Barbara concluded that she was overwhelmed by the honor.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation was established to provide a person and permanent way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain. Barbara Buchanan embodies the Foundation’s mission. She (and her late husband Ted) settled in Milford in 1985 after years of volunteerism that spanned the globe.

Photo at the Barbara J. Buchanan Service Award Dinner.
Barbara J. Buchanan, center, celebrated this honor with family members.

Her time and treasure in the interest of Pike County is unprecedented. Her imprint is on organizations from the American Cancer Society to the united Way and the Center for the Developmentally Disabled, from the Milford Enhancement Committee to the Milford Garden Club, from Grey Towers to the Mount Laurel Center for the Performing Arts, from the Pike County Chamber of Commerce to the Pike County Historical Society. And the list goes on.

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

Watch a video about Barbara’s leadership in volunteering and philanthropic work in Pike County:

To nominate a 2015 honoree for the Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award, please complete this online form. Or, for more information about the award, call 570-296-6959.

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Photos courtesy MilfordNow.

Promoting Excellence for NonProfits

The Greater Pike Community Foundation, in conjunction with the Pike County Public Library, hosted several workshops for board members and staff of non-profit organizations.

Logo for Pike County Public Library.On September 22, 2014 a four-hour workshop provided tools and guidelines for maintaining standards of excellence. Specific strategies were outlined to help non-profit leaders and Board management to avoid risks and maximize opportunities for their organizations. It was conducted by Kurt R. Bauman, MBA, and Executive Director of the Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC), and Division Manager, Community Services, NEPA Alliance.

Logo for Seeds Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support Wayne County, PA.“Find it – Fix It! A Home Energy Efficiency Workshop” was also presented by SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA. SEEDS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a renewable energy infrastructure and sustainable living. Professionals discussed energy savings projects, find energy leaks, and fix them. PPL and Orange and Rockland Utilities also participated.

Greater Pike Community Foundation Presents $1,000 gift to Shohola Township’s Rohman Park

Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) President Jim Pedranti presented the Foundation’s first gift in the amount of $1,000 to Shohola Township’s Rohman Park. Representatives for Rohman Park, the only municipal park in Shohola Township, welcomed the gift.

Photo of Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) President Jim Pedranti presenting the Foundation's first gift in the amount of $1,000 to Shohola Township's Rohman Park.
Pictured, from L to R: Jenni Hamill, Shohola Park and Recreation Committee Member; Jim Pedranti, President of the GPCF; and George Fluhr, Shohola Township Supervisor.

“We are honored to be the Greater Pike Community Foundation’s first grant recipient. The Shohola Park and Recreation Committee intends to use

the grant to make improvements at the Park in conjunction with the construction of a new pavilion and additional playground equipment to be installed this summer,” said Jenni Hamill of the Shohola Park and Recreation Committee. “Rohman Park (located at 120 Twin Lakes Road in Shohola) represents a feeling of community spirit and our area’s history of recreation and stewardship of natural resources. We invite all of Pike County to come down to the Park and see this gift ‘in action.'”

The grant from the GPCF was made possible by the generosity of the Litzenberger Family Foundation.

Greater Pike Community Foundation Announces Agreement With Luzerne Community Foundation

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) announced it has reached an “affiliate fund” agreement with the Luzerne Foundation, a community foundation serving northeast Pennsylvania.

“We have appreciated guidance from The Luzerne Foundation (TLF) in helping us to establish the Greater Pike Community Foundation,” said James Pedranti, Greater Pike’s board chair.  “Now, as an affiliate fund, we will have access to resources we could not afford on our own. The people contributing money to GPCF now have a sense of security knowing TLF is affiliated with us while our foundation develops.”

 “Through its grants and collaborations, community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Charles Barber, President and CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “In a down economy, with limited resources and a growing need for services to help, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions to some of our most challenging local problems. We are very proud to be working with the Greater Pike Community Foundation.”

The Greater Pike Community Foundation which was founded in 2012 develops, preserves and protects endowment assets to support various charitable purposes and increase the philanthropic resources of the Greater Pike County, PA area. The GPCF was organized in 2012, is awaiting 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS, and it has entered into an Affiliate Fund Agreement with The Luzerne Foundation. As an affiliate fund, Greater Pike’s assets are now managed by TLF, which manages more than 260 funds with combined assets of approximately $25 million.

The Luzerne Foundation, founded in 1994, is recognized with the IRS under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986 as amended, and serves greater Luzerne County and Northeastern Pennsylvania area.  Since their inception, they have distributed more than $40 million in grants supporting social services, education, scholarships, arts and culture, neighborhoods and community redevelopment, youth issues, historic preservation, the environment, health and welfare.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation supports donors with their charitable giving, helping them invest strategically in causes they care about and in ways that make a difference in our community. For more information about the Greater Pike Community Foundation, visit www.greaterpike.org, email info@greaterpike.org, or contact any board member.

For more information about The Luzerne Foundation please see www.luzfdn.org.

Greater Pike Community Foundation Announces Directors and Officers

GPCF-Board
Board Members of The Greater Pike Community Foundation (left to right): Seated: Marcia Guberman, Maryanne Monte, Rosann Kalish, Lara Anne Dodsworth. Standing: Davis Chant, Tom Hoff, Richard Snyder, Charles Barber (President/CEO of The Luzerne Foundation), Jim Pedranti, John (Duke) Schneider, Kirk Mackey, Bob Pierce. Board members absent from the photo: John (Jack) Fisher, Allison Stewart, Sean Strub and Maleyne Syracuse.

Milford, PA The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) announced its executive officers and committee chairs in April. Legally incorporated late in 2012, the GPCF was created to maximize charitable donations from individuals, families and local businesses through organized targeted community philanthropy.

At the April 4 board meeting, the following were elected: James Pedranti, Board Chair; Kirk Mackey, Vice Chair; Rosann Kalish, Secretary; Robert Pierce, Treasurer; and John “Duke” Schneider will Chair of the Governance/Nominating Committee, all of whom will also sit on the foundation’s Executive Committee.

In addition, other committee chairs appointed were Richard Snyder, Finance Committee; Maryanne Monte, Grants/Distribution Committee and Marcia Guberman, Audit Committee. Pedranti and Mackey will co-chair the Advancement Committee and Maleyne Syracuse will lead the group’s advisory committee. Other board members are Davis Chant, Lara Anne Dodsworth, John Fisher, Tom Hoff, Allison Stewart and Sean Strub.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation is a 501-c3 not-for-profit philanthropic institution created by civic volunteers for the long-term benefit of the greater Pike County area. Community foundations administer various types of charitable assets according to guidelines established by each donor, to maximize the long-term positive impact of their support, and to enable donors to pursue their charitable objectives while realizing the best tax benefits allowed by law.

“GPCF provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain,” said Richard Snyder, who began working with others several years ago to organize the foundation.

Jim Pedranti, the board chair, noted, “Through Greater Pike, you can help make sure our region’s cherished quality of life thrives for generations to come.”

The foundation’s slogan, “For Good. Forever.” is a nod to Pike County’s native son Gifford Pinchot, the father of the American conservation movement, who was credited with writing, “Where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question shall always be answered from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.”

The foundation’s board meetings are open to the public. For more information about the Greater Pike Community Foundation, visit www.greaterpike.org or email info@greaterpike.org or contact any board member.