History of the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains
The Community Foundation was formed in 1998 by a small group of people working together as an affiliate of the Williamsport Lycoming Foundation. This relationship served as an internship and allowed the newly formed Community Foundation of Susquehanna County to learn from the oldest and one of the most highly respected community foundations in Pennsylvania. In 2002 The Community Foundation had completed five years as an affiliate of the Williamsport Lycoming Foundation and as previously agreed, became an independent organization. Since then The Community Foundation has grown to serve the needs of two counties, then five, and today works on behalf of philanthropists from England to New York City, Texas to Australia who have chosen The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains to administer their charitable goals.
The Community Foundation currently manages more than two hundred charitable endowments serving a broad array of purposes such as services for the elderly, women’s issues, projects in public schools, support for local land conservancies and state parks, college scholarships, civic beautification projects, support for organizations serving the needy, and many other charitable priorities of our donors.
Since 2004 The Community Foundation has been one of the few organizations in Pennsylvania to be authorized to administer all three components of the Education Improvement Tax Credit program, and in that time has provided more than $2 Million for education support for deserving families as well as funding projects in the public schools. Most recently, by partnering with a natural gas company and a local bank The Community Foundation is now providing support for various public and private schools in the northeastern and central eastern regions of Pennsylvania. The Community Foundation has also partnered with the Pennsylvania Bankers Association and its member banks to provide a financial literacy program in school districts throughout all of Pennsylvania. Recently The Community Foundation was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technology Education for its work on behalf of students attending Career and Technology Centers in the commonwealth.