Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chocolate and Wine Festival Benefits Schreiber Fund


Jane Leopold SchreiberOrganizers of the annual Chocolate and Wine Festival held each May in Montrose recently provided a gift of $1,450 to the Leopold and Jane Schreiber Fund at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains from proceeds earned at this year’s festival.  The Schreiber Fund was established in 2011 by employees and friends of Leopold Schreiber, proprietor of Chocolates by Leopold in downtown Montrose.  The fund is to honor Leopold and his late wife Jane, while also providing permanent annual support to the Culinary Program in the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center.  In 2013 the endowment provided $600 to the Culinary Program to assist with various expenses.  This donation will help to enhance the fund’s granting ability for 2014 and beyond.  Further tax-deductible donations in honor and memory of Leopold and Jane can be made at

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To learn more about the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center, visit


Congratulations to the 2014 College Scholarship Winners

CapGownThe Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains extends congratulations to the sixty seven students who will receive tuition assistance from college scholarships that are administered by The Foundation.  More than $82,000 will be provided to graduates from ten high schools in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties.  Furthermore, The Community Foundation’s participation in the Pennsylvania PATH program will allow students who matriculate at Pennsylvania colleges to be nominated for potential matching funding.  The Community Foundation thanks the donors who have established these permanent scholarships and wishes good luck to all the scholarship recipients on the next phase of their education.  For more details about the scholarships and their recipients please visit the Scholarship section of The Community Foundation’s web site at

Vitale Scholarship available for Susquehanna County College and Graduate Students


Vitale2College Seniors and Graduate School Students who will complete their studies during the 2014-2015 academic year are encouraged to apply for The John J. & Ann Vitale Scholarship at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Scholarship is available to alumni from the six school districts in Susquehanna County who are in their final year of college or graduate school and who have incurred student debt. The Scholarship award for 2014 is $2,000, and if undergraduate students attend college within Pennsylvania they will be nominated for potential matching grants.

Applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2014 and returned to The Community Foundation. Applications can be downloaded from the Adult Scholarship section of or by contacting The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801 by calling 570-278-3800, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .   The scholarship recipient will be chosen during the summer to ensure timely payment directly to the college so that the student may make appropriate financial plans.

John Vitale passed away in March of 2006, after a lifetime of supporting his community and neighbors. This scholarship is one way his family has chosen to honor his memory and continue a tradition of community support.


The Gift That Benefits Many



The warm weather of fall has certainly lingered well into November this year and it is hard to imagine that we will soon be listening to Christmas songs, decorating our homes and trees with lights, and scrambling to think of that perfect gift to buy for our favorite family member, friend, or co-worker.  It’s a decision we must make every year and we make countless lists of ideas focusing in on our gift recipients’ hobbies and activities as we consider what they like to read, watch, wear, eat, and drink. The lists go on and on and more often than naught, we have a tendency to lose those lists or end up having several lying around that add confusion to our life!  A daunting and time consuming task it becomes to find that perfect gift that will express how important they are to us and our hope is they won’t want to re-gift it or exchange it for something else.

As we enter this season of benevolence, remembering those that we love and care for, we at the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains encourage you to think outside your normal realm of gift giving.  This year why not consider making a donation to the Community Foundation in honor of that special person that you want to acknowledge?  There are over 150 funds managed by the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains and each endowment is very unique in and of itself.  You can find a fund to coordinate with just about any interest of your gift recipient including scholarships for students attending college for nursing, music, history, education and the arts. Likewise, there are scholarships for the culinary arts and for automotive trade schools.  The Community Foundation currently has assets above 7.5 million dollars and nearly 2.5 million dollars in our funds were designated to schools last year.  What a difference your gift will make in the life of a student who is faced with the rising cost of tuition and increased expenses for his education!

 The Community Foundation also manages funds that benefit human resource agencies, animal shelters, parks, food pantries, farming, healthcare, hospice, libraries and fire departments.  The Foundation will work with any charity or organization.   One particular fund, the Women Helping Women Fund, prioritizes women’s concerns including safety, economic justice, education and leadership. There is even a flexible new fund called “Undesignated Fund” that provides funding for unpredictable needs or urgent crisis in our community. There is a fund for just about any charitable purpose one would consider and we currently have donors and recipients from northeastern PA to as far away as England and Japan. 

As we enter this season of gift giving, may you consider making a donation to the Community Foundation in lieu of purchasing that typical Christmas sweater or box of candy.    Recently, a family made a very generous gift of $1,000 to the Foundation to benefit a school district in our county.  Whether your gift is small or large when combined with others it will may an even greater impact on our community.  Give the gift that keeps on giving for years to come and benefits many in our Communities.  Collectively, we can make a difference this Christmas Season.  For more information regarding our funds and how you can make a donation to the Community Foundation, please visit our or contact us at (570)-278-3800.  



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