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The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. honors Audubon couple with 2019 Critical Impact Award on National Philanthropy Day, to be presented at the Foundation’s Women and Leadership Forum.

Nanette and Kary LaFors have led “Advocates Against Hunger” to alleviate food insecurity in Montgomery County, and "Living Waters" to bring clean water to developing areas globally.

Blue Bell, PA- The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. is pleased to be honoring Nanette and Kary LaFors with its 2019 Critical Impact Award for their efforts locally- and globally- to make a positive and meaningful difference in the community. The award is being announced to coincide with National Philanthropy Day, observed on November 15, which celebrates the extraordinary people who give generously of their time and resources to help people in need and improve lives. The award will be presented to Nanette and Kary on December 4 at the Foundation’s 2019 Women and Leadership Forum to be held at the Presidential in East Norriton, PA.

Nanette co-founded "Advocates Against Hunger" in 2008, with a mission to increase the visibility of food insecurity, and support and coordinate programs to address this important issue. Serving Montgomery County, Advocates promotes community dialogue on hunger and nutrition with the purpose of sustaining and improving delivery of food and nutrition to the poor, educating the community, increasing volunteer participation and increasing resources. Advocates works with soup kitchens and pantries to define needs, support cooperation and promote best practices. They are one of the representatives to the MAHN (MontCo Anti-Hunger Network).

"We are so pleased to be presenting the Critical Impact Award award to Nanette and Kary. The award celebrates the philanthropic impact of an individual or business that has made a significant difference in the lives of people through volunteering," said Virginia Frantz, president and CEO, The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. "Criteria for this award include programs that have directly impacted people, programs that serve as a model, that partner with others and exhibit a sustained level of commitment. Nanette and Kary certainly well meet and surpass all these criteria through their exemplary efforts to improve and lift the human condition, not just here in Montgomery County, but all over the world."

Key initiatives of Advocates Against Hunger:

  • Organized nineteen Fresh Produce Markets, each of which served on average 250 families with over 150 cases of fresh produce using 55 volunteers from 13 different organizations. Partnered with Einstein Hospital to provide health and nutrition discussion and documents at the markets.
  • Coordinated teams of volunteers to collect frozen donations from six Wawa stores and have them delivered to six Norristown organizations five days a week.
  • Organized teams to accept fresh produce every Monday from Philabundance at the Norristown Hub. This produce is provided to over 150 families two times a month whose children attend three pre-schools in Norristown.
  • Organized the Montgomery County Interfaith Coalition with partners like Montgomery County Foundation, Inc., Montgomery County Health and Human services and Lower Providence Presbyterian Church. The Coalition brings together members of the faith community to work with the County to better identify the needs of the residents and improve ways to meet them.

In addition to their efforts to alleviate hunger in Montgomery County, Nanette and Kary have worked with "Living Waters for the World" to organize and lead international mission trips to Peru, India, Cuba and Kenya to install nine clean water systems for local communities. Each of these systems provides clean water for approximately 800 people. At one location the rate of water borne illness for children five years old and under was reduced by 90 percent.

"We both were most fortunate to have benefited from our great country’s prosperity. Volunteering is a way to give back to the community and to say thank you for all the wonderful blessings we have received in our lives,” said Nanette and Kary LaFors. “We are committed to making opportunities available for others, particularly, those in need. It is a blessing for us to partner with so many outstanding, caring people who work together to improve peoples' lives."

The award will be presented to Kary and Nanette LaFors on December 4 at the Foundation’s 2019 Women and Leadership Forum: Taking Charge of Change at the Presidential in East Norriton, PA, which is open to the community. Registration and details are available at www.mcfoundationinc.org/specialevents




    Alma R. Jacobs

    July 27, 1924 - July 24, 2019

    All of us have lost a very special person.  Alma Jacobs was a friend and mentor to women, a powerhouse in politics, in policy, and in community activities.  Her most recent activity was as chairperson of our Women’s Leadership Council here at the Foundation and the Foundation’s first Woman of Distinction recipient in 2014.  I am lucky to have known her and the Foundation is grateful for her support now and in the past.  To read the full bio, please click on the link below:
    Alma R. Jacobs' Bio.



     

    CARSON SCHOLARSHIP FUND RECIPIENT CHOSEN – 2019-2020


    Patricia Lynn Poley

    Carson Sholarship Fund Recipient

    PATRICIA LYNN POLEY, a recent graduate from Norristown Area School District has been chosen to receive the Carson S.T.E.M. Scholarship of $10,000. Poley has been accepted into the Bucknell University College of Biomedical Engineering.
    "I want to give back to the Norristown community that has given me all the opportunities that I now have".

    We wish Patricia Lynn Poley a successful year!

    The Carson Scholarship is administered by The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.  The Scholarship may be renewed based on eligibility availability of funds for up to a total of four years.



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    A LOOK BACK AT 2018
    Your Community Foundation at Work, Building Bridges!

    EVENTS/CONVENINGS

    2018 Women and Leadership Forum:
    Creating Intentional, Professional Relationships!

    The 2018 Women and Leadership Forum drew a wide spectrum of current and aspiring leaders throughout the region and was held at The Presidential in East Norriton on December 6 (8:00am-2:30pm). The event was hosted by The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. Women's Leadership Council, led by Honorary Chairperson, Alma R. Jacobs. The Council represents women of diverse backgrounds who support the work of the Foundation.

    The program featured two keynote speakers who presented on "Mentors & Sponsors: Developing Your Personal Advisory Board" and "How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope and Friendship".  There was also a Panel Discussion on "Using Your Leadership Skills to Deepen Your Corporate Partnerships", which was moderated by Tracy Davidson of NBC10 News Today.  The morning program was followed by a luncheon, which included the presentation of the 2018 MCF, Inc. Woman of Distinction Award. This prestigious award was shared by the mother/daughter duo of Kathy McGee Burns (Berkshire Hathaway Fox Roach Realtors)and the Honorable Kelly C. Wall (Montgomery County Family Court).

    The number of registered attendees was 233 and all present received an autographed copy of the book- "How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope and Friendship" by Annie McKee, as a gift from the Foundation.  Forum registrants will have the opportunity to attend two, free, follow-up workshops on March 20 and May 16, 2019.

    In addition to multiple, promotional emails, the Forum was promoted by both a Public Service Announcement on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT's Women to Watch program and via a live interview on NBC10 News with representatives from the Foundation.

    Nonprofit Clinic Workshops 2018

    The Foundation’s annual workshop series, focusing on the support and capacity building of the nonprofit community, was well attended and included the following presentations:
  • Financial Health and Social Good: Steering Nonprofits Through Uncharted Waters
  • Business and Professional Coaching Model for Nonprofit Leaders
  • The Largest Financial Hurdles Facing the Nonprofit Sector
  • Nonprofit Social Enterprise: How to Generate Earned Income to Fuel Your Charitable Mission
  • Developing Leadership at Every Level
  • Introduction to the Regional Foundation Center
  • Getting the Right People in the Right Seats on Your Board: Recruitment Tool Kit and a Focus on Diversity
  • An Introduction to Legal Issues in Charitable Fundraising
  • The larger community is welcome to benefit from the Foundation’s training spaces and Boardrooms. A total of 672 individuals, ranging from various grassroots and nonprofit organizations to the Foundation’s fiscal sponsee groups, convened at the Foundation’s office in 2018 for everything from board meetings to strategic planning sessions.

    FISCAL SPONSORSHIPS

    The Foundation is the Fiscal Sponsor for Advocates Against Hunger of Norristown and Montgomery County, a community group that includes soup kitchens and food banks, nonprofits and individuals, and seeks to educate the community about food insecurity in Montgomery County. Pictured below are Advocates Against Hunger and community members volunteering at a Fresh Produce Market at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, focused on providing free fruit and vegetables and supportive services information to those experiencing food insecurity. The Foundation and the Rotary Club of Norristown provided funding for the fresh produce. In 2018, Advocates Against Hunger completed a comprehensive strategic planning process that will strengthen their impact in the community.

    The Foundation is also Fiscal Sponsor and Advisory Council Member of Your Way Home Montgomery County whose mission is to make the experience of homelessness in Montgomery County rare, brief and non-recurring. Since launching in 2014, homelessness in Montgomery County has been reduced by 37%, as a result of this strong public-private partnership.

    The Foundation’s Fiscal Sponsorships in 2018 included:

  • Advocates Against Hunger
  • Elder Access to Justice Roundtable
  • Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families
  • Montgomery County Health Alliance
  • Montgomery County System of Care Community Fund
  • Rotary Club of Norristown Community Impact Fund
  • Your Way Home Montgomery County
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE

    The Foundation collaborates with the community in a wide range of ways:

    • A diverse spectrum of regional nonprofit groups meet at the Foundation including, Advocates Against Hunger, Friends LifeCare and Your Way Home.
    • The Foundation President is a member of the Montgomery County Estate Planning Council and is a recent Past President.
    • The Foundation President serves on the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery Bar Foundation and is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association Community Task Force.
    • The Foundation President serves on the Board of Trustees of Friends LifeCare.
    • The Foundation President serves as an Ambassador for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
    • The Foundation President is a member of the Rotary Club of Norristown.
    • The Foundation is a member of the Council on Foundations, WIFS (Women in Insurance and Financial Services) – Philadelphia/Tri-County Chapter, and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.
    • The Foundation President received the Montgomery County Community College 2018 Leading Women's Woman of the Year Award.
    • The Foundation President serves as Chair of the Your Way Home Advisory Council.
    • The Foundation was a partner in the Bucks-Mont Collaborativeseminar for professionals in the health and human services fields which featured keynote speaker Leslie R. Crutchfield, author of “How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t”. Over 250 professionals attended.

    NEWLY ESTABLISHED FUNDS

  • Welcome to Nya’s Smile Fund for Children with Autism
  • Welcome to Cole Manor Children’s Clothing Fund
  • Welcome to The Susan K. Howard and Gene R. Frank Donor Advised Fund
  • Welcome to Crawford Memorial Fund
  • The Foundation thanks the new Legacy Donors, who have established gifts to the Foundation in their wills.

  • GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations focused on arts and culture, human services, animal welfare, the environment and other charitable missions.

    In 2018, the Foundation awarded grants from the Foundation’s General Distribution Fund for general operating support to the following organizations:

  • ACLAMO Family Center
  • Breathing Room Foundation
  • Genesis Housing Corporation
  • HealthLink Dental Clinic
  • Montgomery Theater
  • North Wales Area Library
  • Salvation Army Pottstown
  • Sebastian Riding Associates
  • Senior Adult Activities Center of Montgomery County
  • Spring Ford Counseling Services
  • TriCounty Active Adult Center
  • Victim Services Center of Montgomery County
  • The MBF Center Fund supports organizations that empower individuals with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives. In 2018 the Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations:

  • Hedwig House
  • JEVS Human Services
  • KenCrest Centers
  • Pathway School
  • Variety – The Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley
  • The Rotary Club of Norristown Community Impact Committee meets at the Foundation for the purpose of determining its grants to community charitable causes, using the Foundation’s grantmaking process. The Foundation provides grantmaking assistance for the Montgomery Bar Foundation, which focuses on support to nonprofit organizations providing services for those most in need of access to justice.

    The Foundation’s Emergency Heating and Cooling Fund provides support for low-income elderly and families for heating oil, furnace repair, air conditioning and the covering of an electric bill in order to prevent service shut-off. Recipients are chosen for eligibility by the Montgomery County Office of Aging & Adult Services and the Foundation.

    The Your Way Home Montgomery County Field of Interest Fund supports housing stability, economic security and health of people experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness in Montgomery County.

    The Foundation partnered for a fourth year with the Philmont Country Club Members Fund whose members raised funds for the Philmont Country Club Veterans Project which included a $5,000 grant to assist with funding to transport veterans to cross-county medical appointments, in the van purchased in 2017 with a grant from this fund.

    The RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve Charitable Fund supported three nonprofit organizations in 2018 – Access Services, Daily Bread Community Food Pantry and Spring Valley and Phoenixville YMCA.

    An anonymous donor provided a donation to the Foundation for ten nonprofit organizations. Grants were provided year-end 2018.

    The Shirley Schriftman Fund for Animals focused on animal rescue and services.

    Lucy Belle’s Rainbow Donor Advised Fund made a grant to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia focused on facilitating and promoting therapeutic activities for children living with cancer and supporting brain cancer research.

    The Meredith Anne Huffman Fund supports organizations and leaders that are working to connect ideas, people, and efforts toward the greater good with a focus on advancing social justice and women’s resources.


    The Foundation also awards scholarships from several scholarship funds:

  • The Norristown Area High School Star Scholarship is a scholarship program created by the Roebuck Family Fund and administered by the Foundation. Applicants must be either a graduating Norristown Area High School (NAHS) senior student or an NAHS graduate. Grants are awarded based on financial need and an academic performance of at least a 2.5 GPA.  Twenty-four students received scholarships totaling $52,239.
  • A scholarship program created by the Carson Scholarship Fund, established by John and Betty Carson and administered by the Foundation, is limited to NAHS graduating high school seniors, with a curriculum focused on students in the STEM field, who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college and will be studying STEM.  The 2018 recipient was Quinton M. Turner and the scholarship amount was $10,000. In addition, the 2017 recipient, (Steven) Yong Xiang Lin received a second year award of $10,000.
  • Yong Xiang(Stephen) Lin
  • The Edward H. Snow Scholarship Fund is administered by the Foundation and applies to Lower Merion and Harriton High School seniors preparing to graduate who are seeking financial aid to complete their education at a two or four-year accredited college and are fully matriculated. Four students each received a $4,500 scholarship.
  • The Marie N. Hansen Scholarship Fund is administered by the Foundation and applies to a graduating senior at a Montgomery County High School and a Montgomery County resident, for at least one year, who will complete their education at a two or four-year accredited college and are fully matriculated. Two students each received a $1,500 scholarship.
  • The Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families, for which the Foundation serves as Philanthropic Advisor and Fiscal Sponsor, held its annual event for 137 women focused on “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women”. The proceeds of the event supported the work of the Commission and scholarships. Three women each received a $1,000 scholarship.
  • INITATIVES

    The Montgomery County Report on the Status of Women
    The Foundation has focused wide-ranging attention on the challenges and opportunities related to women and leadership the past several years. In 2017, the Foundation’s Board of Directors decided that the timing was ideal to undertake a comprehensive, strategic study of the status of women in the county. This groundbreaking project, will provide an invaluable baseline analysis directed at the enhanced status and well-being of women throughout the County. Public launches of the results are planned for early 2019.

    Women’s Executive Directors’ Roundtable
    This acclaimed pilot project was created in response to The 74% Initiative: A Conversation About Women in the Nonprofit Workplace event presented in December 2014 by the Foundation. Now in its fifth highly successful year, the Roundtable provides an invaluable opportunity for a diverse group of women executive directors to raise and address issues related to women in leadership within the region's nonprofit sector within a confidential, vigorous, facilitated setting. Please visit the Foundation’s website at www.mcfoundationinc.org (Women and Leadership tab) for access to the Roundtable White Paper.

    The PHILO Project
    The Foundation provided grants in support of the production of professional, promotional videos by The PHILO Project for two additional Montgomery County nonprofit organizations. In 2018, promotional videos were created for Greener Partners (www.greenerpartners.org) and Sebastian Riding Associates (www.sebastianriding.org)

    The Women’s Fund
    The groundwork was put in place in 2016 for the launch of a fund focused on the philanthropic efforts of a group of women who will join together to make a measurable impact on the nonprofit community and to enhance the quality of life in Montgomery County. The Foundation will begin seeking 15 founding members in 2019.

    The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. assists donors to achieve their philanthropic goals through the establishment of Donor Advised Funds, Donor Designated Funds, Scholarship Funds, Field of Interest Funds and through Bequests and Planned Giving. The Foundation also serves as a "Catalyst for Community Solutions" by developing and supporting charitable causes.

    The official registration and financial information of The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires that we notify you that The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. has exclusive legal control over the contributed assets.


    CARSON SCHOLARSHIP FUND RECIPIENT CHOSEN – 2018-2019

    QUINTON TURNER , a recent graduate from Norristown Area School District has been chosen to receive the Carson S.T.E.M. Scholarship of $10,000.  Turner has been accepted into the Santa Clara University School of Engineering. 

    Turner credits his parents for pushing him to achieve beyond his limits and his goal is to use his education to give back to his community and to guide the next generation of aspiring engineers. 

    We wish Quinton Turner a successful year!

    The Carson Scholarship is administered by The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.  The Scholarship may be renewed based on eligibility availability of funds for up to a total of four years.





    A LOOK BACK AT 2017
    Your Community Foundation at Work

    EVENTS/CONVENINGS

    2017 Women and Leadership Forum:
    Striving and Thriving in the Workplace

    The 2017 Women and Leadership Forum drew a wide spectrum of current and aspiring leaders throughout the region and took place at The Presidential in East Norriton on December 6 (8:00am-2:30pm). The event was hosted by The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. Women's Leadership Council, led by Honorary Chairperson, Alma R. Jacobs, which represents women of diverse backgrounds who support the work of the Foundation.

    The program featured four speakers who presented on Mastering Confidence, Negotiation in Action and Transforming Conflict to Collaboration. Former 6abc news anchor and award-winning reporter, Lisa Thomas-Laury offered special remarks and Judge Cheryl L. Austin, Orphans' Court, Montgomery County 38th Judicial District was the recipient of the 2017 MCF, Inc. Woman of Distinction Award.

    The agenda began with a four-actress reading from The Revolutionists, a production from Theatre Horizon'’s 2018 "Women Who Dare" season. The luncheon was followed by a book signing of Thomas-Laury's recently released On Camera and Off: When the News is Good and When It's Not. This book and The Power of Difference: From Conflict to Collaboration in Five Steps were both given to participants as gifts from the Foundation.  

    The participation goal of 250 was met which included one or more attendees representing 120 places of business in this region. Follow-up learning opportunities were scheduled to take place in 2018.

    Nonprofit Clinic Workshops 2017

    The Foundation's annual workshop series, focused on the support and capacity building of the nonprofit community, was well attended and included the following presentations:

    • Social Networking: Am I Ahead or Behind the Curve?
    • Aligning Your Presence With Your Situation
    • Effective Boards and Audit Committees and Their Impact on Good Governance
    • Managing and Optimizing Conflicts
    • High Impact Communication
    • Perfect Your Pitch
    • What Would You Do? A Workshop on Critical Nonprofit Legal Issues
    • Are You Making the Right Moves to Stay On Track?
    • Wellness Checkup for the Nonprofit Balance Sheet
    • Board Excellence

    The larger community is welcome to benefit from the Foundation’s training spaces and boardrooms.  A total of 740 attendees, ranging from various grassroots and nonprofit organizations to corporate sponsors and the Foundation'’s fiscal sponsee groups, convened at the Foundation offices in 2017 for everything from board meetings to strategic planning sessions. 

     

    FISCAL SPONSORSHIPS

    The Foundation is the fiscal sponsor for Advocates Against Hunger Serving Norristown and Montgomery County, a community group that includes soup kitchens and food banks, nonprofits and individuals, and seeks to educate the community about food insecurity in Montgomery County. Pictured below are community members volunteering at a Fresh Produce Market at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, focused on providing free fruit and vegetables and supportive services information to those in need. The Foundation, the Rotary Club of Norristown and an anonymous donor provided funding for these covenings. In 2017, Advocates began a comprehensive strategic planning process that is intended to significantly strengthen their impact in this community.

    We are also fiscal sponsor and Advisory Council member of Your Way Home Montgomery County whose agenda is to improve the housing stability, economic security and health of people experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness in Montgomery County.

    The Foundation’s fiscal sponsorships in 2017 included:

    • Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families
    • Advocates Against Hunger
    • Your Way Home Montgomery County
    • Elder Access to Justice Roundtable
    • Montgomery County System of Care Community Fund
    • Montgomery County Health Alliance
    • Rotary Club of Norristown Community Impact Fund

    COMMUNITY SERVICE

    The Foundation collaborates with the community in a wide range of ways:

    • A diverse spectrum of regional nonprofit groups meet at the Foundation including WIFS (Women in Insurance & Financial Services) – Philadelphia/Tri-County Chapter, Your Way Home, Advocates Against Hunger and Friends LifeCare.
    • The Foundation President is a member of the Montgomery County Estate Planning Council and is a recent Past President.
    • The Foundation President serves on the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery Bar Foundation and is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association Community Task Force.
    • The Foundation President serves on the Board of Trustees of Friends LifeCare.
    • The Foundation President serves as an Ambassador for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
    • The Foundation President is a member of the Rotary Club of Norristown.
    • The Foundation is a member of the Council on Foundations, WIFS – Philadelphia/Tri-County Chapter, and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.
    • The Foundation President serves as Chair of the Your Way Home Advisory Council.
    • The Foundation was a partner in the Bucks-Mont Collaborative Trauma & Resilience: Creating Organizations & Communities That Help Heal – 10th Community Summit that included exploration of "What We're Seeing; How We're Responding; What Would Help" and "Comparison of Models for Integrating Trauma-Informed Care in Organizations and Communities".

     

    GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations focused on arts and culture, human services, animal welfare, the environment and other charitable missions.

    • The Foundation’s annual General Distribution Grants provided agencies with an opportunity to apply for general operating support.
    • The MBF Center Fund supports organizations that empower individuals with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives. Seven grantee agencies shared over $40,000 in funding support in 2017.
    • The Rotary Club of Norristown Community Impact Committee meets at the Foundation and determines its grants to community charitable causes using the Foundation’s grantmaking process.
    • The Foundation provides grantmaking assistance for the Montgomery Bar Foundation, which focuses on support to nonprofit organizations providing services for those most in need of access to justice.
    • The Foundation’s Emergency Heating and Cooling Fund provides support for low-income elderly and families for heating oil, furnace repair, air conditioning and the covering of an electric bill in order to prevent service shut-off. Recipients are chosen for eligibility by the Montgomery County Office of Aging & Adult Services and the Foundation.
    Yong Xiang(Stephen) Lin
    Carson Scholarship Fund Recipient
    (Stephen) Yong Xiang Lin

    The Foundation also provides scholarships from several scholarship funds:

    • The Norristown Area High School Star Scholarship is a scholarship program created by the Roebuck Family Fund and administered by The Montgomery County Foundation. The applicant must be either a graduating Norristown Area High School (NAHS) senior student or an NAHS graduate. Grants are awarded based on financial need and an academic performance of at least a 2.5 GPA. Twenty-seven students received scholarships totaling over $50,000.
    • A scholarship program created by the Carson Scholarship Fund and administered by the Foundation is limited to NAHS graduating high school seniors (in the S.T.E.M. program) who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college in the S.T.E.M. field. The 2017 recipient was (Stephen) Yong Xiang Lin.
    • The Edward H. Snow Scholarship Fund is administered by the Foundation and applies to Lower Merion or Harriton High School seniors preparing to graduate who are seeking financial aid to complete their education at a two or a four year accredited college and are fully matriculated. Three students each received a $1,000 scholarship.

    OTHER FUNDS

    • The Your Way Home Montgomery County Field of Interest Fund supports the housing stability, economic security and health of people experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness in Montgomery County.
    • The Montgomery County Arts and Culture Endowment Fund seeks donors to address the ongoing challenges and financial needs of arts and culture organizations.
    • The Foundation partnered for a third year with the Philmont Country Club whose members raised funds for the Philmont Country Club Veterans Project which included the provision of a heating system for a local veteran and a donation for the purchase of a van to transport veterans to cross-county medical appointments.
    • The RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve Designated Fund supported three nonprofit organizations in 2017.
    • The Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families for which the Foundation serves as philanthropic advisor and fiscal sponsor held its annual event for 150 women focused on "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business" with a spotlight on women in the transportation field. The proceeds supported scholarships for three women and the work of the Commission.
    • The Shirley Schriftman Fund for Animals focused on assisting low-income and elderly consumers with support for veterinary care and food for pets in danger of being relinquished.
    • Lucy Belle's Rainbow Donor Advised Fund granted $7,000 focused on facilitating and promoting therapeutic activities for children living with cancer and supporting brain cancer research.
    • The Pottstown High School Alumni Fund made a grant to the Pottstown Education Foundation to assist high school students taking advanced courses at the Montgomery County Community College.
    • The Meredith Anne Huffman Fund was established at the Foundation in memory of Meredith in support of "organizations and leaders that are working to connect ideas, people, and efforts toward the greater good with a focus on advancing social justice and women’s resources".
    • ADDITIONAL FOUNDATION INITIATIVES

      The Montgomery County Report on the Status of Women
      The Foundation has focused wide-ranging attention on the challenges and opportunities related to women and leadership the past several years. In 2017, the Foundation Board of Directors decided that the timing was ideal to undertake a comprehensive, strategic study of the status of women in the county. This groundbreaking project, scheduled for completion in 2018, will provide an invaluable baseline analysis directed at the enhanced status and well-being of women throughout the region.

      Women’s Executive Directors’ Roundtable
      This acclaimed pilot project was created in response to The 74% Initiative: A Conversation About Women in the Nonprofit Workplace event presented in December 2014 by the Foundation. Now in its fourth highly successful year, the Roundtable provides an invaluable opportunity for a diverse group of women executive directors to raise and address issues related to women in leadership within the region’s nonprofit sector within a vigorous, facilitated setting. Please see www.mcfoundationinc.org (Women and Leadership tab) for access to the Roundtable White Paper.

      The PHILO Project
      The Foundation will provide grants in support of the production of promotional videos by The PHILO Project for two additional Montgomery County nonprofit organizations. The first two recipients were ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth and Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc.

      Women's Executive Directors' Roundtable
      The groundwork was put in place in 2016 for the launch of a fund focused on the philanthropic efforts of a group of women who will join together to make a measurable impact on the nonprofit community and to enhance the quality of life in Montgomery County. The Foundation will begin seeking 15 founding members in 2018.
       
      The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. assists donors to achieve their philanthropic goals through the establishment of Donor Advised Funds, Donor Designated Funds, Scholarship Funds, Field of Interest Funds and through Bequests and Planned Giving. The Foundation also serves as a "Catalyst for Community Solutions" by developing and supporting charitable causes.

      The official registration and financial information of The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.  The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires that we notify you that The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. has exclusive legal control over the contributed assets.


      VETERANS ADMNISTRATION VAN

      Philmont County Club members donated funds to The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. for the support of a van for the Veterans Administration in Montgomery County.  The Van will be used to transport Veterans to Medical appointments in near-by Counties.  There has been a significant increase in ridership thus helping the Veterans to maintain their connection with medical services.  The members of Philmont raised significant dollars to support this effort. 

      Many of the contributors to the fund are Veterans themselves and they wanted to make an impact on the lives of our Veterans.

       


      ANNOUNCING THE FIRST AWARD OF THE CARSON STEM SCHOLARSHIP FUND!

      Yong Xiang(Stephen) LinThe Carson STEM Scholarship Fund (Administered by The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.) was established to provide support for a graduating Norristown High School Senior (see specific Eligibility requirements) in the S.T.E.M. program. 

      As this country grew and prospered, it first relied upon abundant natural resources and then upon manufacturing excellence. As we transitioned between the twentieth and twenty- first centuries, more and more we have relied upon innovation in science and technology to maintain our world leadership. My perception is that the more lucrative careers in business now appeal to our brightest and best students more than the less glamorous fields of science and technology. My objective in endowing this scholarship is to, in some small way, help to make science and technology more attractive to bright students.

      The Carson S.T.E.M. Scholarship Fund awards its first scholarship to Yong Xiang (Stephen) Lin, a Norristown High School Senior, who will be attending Drexel University in the fall of 2017.

       


       

    • GRANT DISTRIBUTION

      Preparing for their 50th Class Reunion in 2017, classmates of Pottstown High School Class of 1967 began to raise money for a class gift. They decided to establish The PHS Alumni Fund at The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. This fund would be a permanent endowment fund to benefit the Pottstown School District.

      A total of $20,000 has been now been raised through the efforts of members of PHS Class of 1967 for the PHS Alumni Fund. The first $10,000 was raised from classmates. The second $10,000 was raised from a $5,000 gift from The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. and a matching gift from Charles Palladino. That $10,000 cash gift was presented April 27 to the Foundation for Pottstown Education for Pottstown Promise, a program which provides scholarships for Pottstown High School students to take college courses in their senior year at Montgomery County Community College.

      Established at The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. the fund’s remaining $10,000 is a permanent fund that will produce income for special education projects of the Pottstown schools.

      For more information on the fund, contact Barbara Bushey Ernico at 717-877-6064.
      Gifts to the PHS Alumni Fund should be sent to:
      The Montgomery Foundation, Inc.
      4 Sentry Parkway East, Suite 302
      Blue Bell, PA 19422

      To assure your gift is credited to the fund, note "PHS Alumni Fund" on your check.


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