Who We Are

Our Mission

To be a catalyst in our community by encouraging and effectively managing charitable giving.

Since its inception in 1995, this has been the mission of the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation (CPCF). Through the giving spirit and generous donations of so many, our work has real impact in our community. Today, we manage over $18 million in assets, and over 500 different organizations and colleges receive support through more than 225 funds administered by CPCF.

What We Do

Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation is a permanent trust that helps donors achieve their charitable goals and make a lasting impact. We work with businesses, families, individuals, and organizations to enable them to establish a charitable fund without having to deal with many of the limitations and complexities involved in setting it up and managing it. Together, we are making lives better and communities stronger, right here in central Pennsylvania. CPCF is a public, non-profit tax-exempt corporation approved by the Internal Revenue Service to receive deductible contributions and bequests.

The Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit. Contributions are tax deductible to the highest extent of the law. The official registration and financial information of the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania at 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Historical Highlights

1995

  • Greater Altoona Blair County Community Endowment became a 501c3 on March 24

1996

  • First six funds were established
  • Year-end assets reached $39,000

1997

  • Five new funds were established
  • Year-end assets reached $352,000
  • Provided $47,000 worth of designated grants

1998

  • First staff person, an Executive Director, was hired
  • Five new funds were established
  • Designated grants awarded surpassed $63,000

1999

  • Moved into its own office in the Brett Central Building on 11th Avenue
  • Eight new funds were established
  • Designated and Donor-Advised grants in excess of $75,000 were awarded

2000

  • Seventeen new funds were established
  • $1 million in assets under management
  • Grants totaling in excess of $100,000 were awarded (first grants from undesignated funds)

2001

  • Nineteen new funds were established
  • Provided nearly $100,000 in grants
  • October 12th, Judge Thomas Peoples signed the petition to transfer the funds from the Altoona Foundation to the Community Endowment

2002

  • Sixteen new funds were established
  • Reached $2 million assets under management milestone
  • Provided in excess of $170,000 in grants

2003

  • Moved into new office at 1330 11th Avenue and unveiled new name – Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation
  • $3 million in assets under management
  • Twelve new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $140,000 in grants

2004

  • $3.8 million in assets under management
  • Ten new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $125,000 in grants

2005

  • $4.2 million in assets under management
  • Twelve new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $258,000 in grants

2006

  • $4.8 million in assets under management
  • Ten new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $376,000 in grants
  • Second and third staff persons, Director of Operations and part-time Data Entry Specialist, were hired

2007

  • $5.6 million in assets under management
  • Eleven new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $506,000 in grants

2008

  • $5 million in assets under management
  • Seven new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $688,000 in grants

2009

  • $6 million in assets under management
  • Seven new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $837,000 in grants

2010

  • $7.6 million in assets under management
  • Twelve new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $868,000 in grants

2011

  • $9.4 million in assets under management
  • Eight new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $1.2 million in grants

2012

  • $11 million in assets under management
  • Fourteen new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $1 million in grants

2013

  • Over $14.6 million in assets under management
  • Fifteen new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $1.4 million in grants
  • Fourth staff person, a part-time Accountant, was hired

2014

  • Over $14.7 million in assets under management
  • Fifteen new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $1.5 million in grants
  • Fifth staff person, a full-time Receptionist, was hired

2015

  • Over $13.9 million in assets under management
  • Sixteen new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $1.5 million in grants
  • Nason Foundation hired the CPCF to administer their foundation

2016

  • Over $18 million in assets under management
  • Twelve new funds were established
  • Provided in excess of $1.6 million in grants
  • Received the largest foundation to date – $3.47 million