Richard L. Snyder Fund Provides $52,500 to Local Non-Profits

Dick Snyder, a local businessman and philanthropist who died in 2014, was one of the strongest supporters of non-profit organizations in Pike County.  This summer, the Greater Pike Community Foundation continued Dick’s legacy of community support with $52,500 in grants to 27 local non-profit organizations from the Richard L. Snyder Fund.

The donor designated fund was created at the Greater Pike Community Foundation by a distribution from a charitable trust created during Dick’s lifetime and distributed following his death to support the causes and charities he cared about most.  Greater Pike received a record number of applications for Richard L. Snyder Fund grants this year. After a thorough review process by the Foundation’s grants committee, and approval by the Foundation’s board, the following grants were awarded:

Preservation and Civic Engagement: Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County; Milford Enhancement Committee; Milford Community House; Milford Garden Club; Milford Shade Tree Commission; Brodhead Watershed; Lacawac Sanctuary; Pike County Historical Society.

Photo of the Black Bear Film Festival receiving a gift from the the Richard L. Snyder Fund.
The Black Bear Film Festival is one of the local non-profits that received a donation from the Richard L. Snyder Fund. Pictured, L-R, are: Black Bear Film Festival Executive Director Bob Keiber; Greater Pike Community Foundation Board members Maryanne Monte, Jim Pedranti, Joann Kalish; and BBFF Fundraising Chair Will Voelkel.

Cultural: Barryville Arts Association; Black Bear Film Festival; Kindred Spirits; Milford Farmer’s Market; Milford Music Festival; Milford Readers & Writers Festival; Tri-State Chorale; Winter Lights Festival; Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC); Peters Valley School of Craft.

Human Services: Holy Trinity Food Pantry & Habitat for Humanity of Pike County; Pike County Alliance for Prevention Programs; East Stroudsburg Salvation Army; SERO Project; Triversity Center (formerly Upper Delaware GLBT Center); Safe Haven of Pike County; Lambda Legal Defense and Education’s HIV Law Project; Genuine Alternatives in Therapy (GAIT).

The lasting power of Dick’s thoughtful planning is evident in the work this funding, which is awarded annually, will make possible.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) was created to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.

Those interested in learning more about how to establish a fund at Greater Pike are encouraged to get in touch with any Greater Pike board member or contact Jim Pedranti, board chair by email or at 570-296-6959 or visit our website or Facebook page.

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Local Resident Donates to the Pike County Public Library And the United Way

The Greater Pike Community Foundation is pleased to present donations totaling $9,266 to the Pike County Public Library (PCPL) and the Pike County United Way on behalf of The Jane R. Goldstein Memorial Fund and the generosity of Dr. Henry R. Goldstein.

Photo of The Jane R. Goldstein Memorial Fund gift to the Pike County Public Library.
Kirk Mackey, President PCPL; Dr. Henry Goldstein; Rose Chiocchi, PCPL Executive Director; James Pedranti, GPCF President; and Jenni Hamill, GPCF Executive Director. Photo by Peter Becker of the News Eagle.

“There is, perhaps, no better return on an investment than witnessing the profound difference a gift can make within one’s local community and knowing that these results have permanence and will benefit future generations,” said Jenni Hamill, Executive Director of Greater Pike.

“I am pleased to support these two worthy community organizations in memory of my wife Jane and I appreciate the role that the Greater Pike Community Foundation played in helping me to fulfill my charitable intent” stated Goldstein.  Goldstein established a donor designated fund with the Foundation in 2015, in memory of his wife Jane who was a longtime supporter of the local library and the Greater Pike community.

Rose Chiocchi, PCPL’s Executive Director stated, “The money that we receive today will be used to grow our collection of books and other materials, as well as new shelving in the Milford branch. I know that I can speak on behalf of the library board and employees when I say that we are very thankful to the Goldstein family for their unwavering support of the library over the years.”

Photo of the United Way receiving a donation from the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Dr. Henry Goldstein; Jody Bernathy, Executive Director United Way; Matthew Osterberg, President, United Way; James Pedranti, GPCF President; Kelly Gaughan, Vice-President, United Way; Penney Luhrs and Jill Gamboni, Board Members, United Way; and Jenni Hamill, CPCF Executive Director. Photo by Peter Becker of the News Eagle.

“It is the generosity of residents like Dr. Goldstein that makes Pike County so special,” said Matt Osterberg, President of the United Way of Pike County. “The funds he has donated will aid the United Way of Pike County in providing for those in need. Our mission is to alleviate hunger and homelessness and his generosity will benefit all the food pantries in Pike County. The United Way would also like to thank the Greater Pike Community Foundation for their assistance.”

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) was created to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain. For more information about establishing a fund in memory of a loved one, or to discuss how to realize your charitable goals for the future, please contact Jim Pedranti by email or at 570-296-6959 or visit our website.

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2017 Mini-Grant Recipients from Barbara J. Buchanan Fund

Greater Pike Community Foundation announced the award of six mini-grants to local organizations. Funding for these programs comes from the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund, a donor-advised fund established through the Foundation in 2014.

“We are grateful to Barbara for her generosity and for the foresight in establishing a philanthropic vehicle that will benefit the community she loves for years to come. Our Board members were very inspired by all proposals and thankful for the opportunity to learn of so many worthy causes and programs that benefit our area” said Jim Pedranti, Greater Pike’s Board Chair.

2017 Mini-Grant Recipients

Photo of the Great Pike Community Foundation Board announcing 2017 mini grant recipients.
Bottom row, left to right: Jenni Hamill, Executive Director of the Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF); Mikki Weiss, President/CEO of the TBD Support Network, Inc.; Maryanne Monte, Board Member of the Good Shepherd Child Care Center, Inc.
Middle row, left to right: James Pierce, Pike County Hands of Hope; Jill Gamboni, Pike County Alliance for Prevention Program; Kayla Bolger, Safe Haven of Pike County; Jason Ohliger, Board Member of GPCF.
Top row, left to right: Davis Chant, Board Member of GPCF; Jay Tucker, Board Member of the Good Shepherd Child Care Center, Inc.; Linda Pinto, Milford Garden Club; Lara Ann Dodsworth, Board Member of the GPCF.

Milford Garden Club – This grant will fund the installation of an irrigation system and raised beds at the Milford Garden Club Community Garden. This installation will increase the production of vegetables by 50% to the benefit of the Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Pike County Alliance for Prevention Programs – This grant will provide the community and local emergency management services with Naxolene training and kits. Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose.

Hands of Hope – This grant will enable this organization to aid Pike County homeless and near-homeless people by offering temporary shelter and/or facilitating families to attain affordable housing.

Safe Haven – This grant will fund weekly wellness programs for the residents of Pike County that will move participants towards the direction of meaningful independence.

Tick Borne Disease Support Network – Funds for this project will provide educational resource materials and support services to help those afflicted with tick borne diseases.

Good Shepherd Child Care Center– This grant will fund an outdoor science classroom or “pop-up” field station on the property where children can learn about our local eco-systems in a hands-on manner.

Barbara Buchanan stated, “Congratulations to our recipients. I am pleased to be giving to six organizations whose aims and goals are most commendable and worthy of this support.”

Greater Pike Community Foundation’s slogan is “For Good, Forever.” Greater Pike was established to provide a personal and permanent way for individuals, families and local businesses to support the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain. Greater Pike enables donors to maximize their charitable support by making tax deductible gifts which are held in a donor fund and distributed over time to the charitable causes designated by each donor.

Visit our website to learn more about the Greater Pike Community Foundation and how to establish a donor fund to support local programs and non-profit organizations that are most important to each individual donor.

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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.

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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.
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