We’re growing to new heights each year.

From a shared desire to give back to Central PA, the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation was founded and has continued to grow to new heights every year. With many of the people present at its inception still active with the Foundation today, the dedication to enriching lives in the community we call home has never wavered.

CPCF THROUGH THE YEARS

Our History and Milestones

  • 1924

    1924

    Altoona Foundation

    The Altoona Foundation

    Although it predated the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation by more than 70 years, the founding of the Altoona Foundation in 1924 was significant to the area. 77 years after it was founded, the Altoona Foundation became a part of the CPCF, merging together our passion to help the community.

  • 1995

    1995

    From humble beginnings as a passionate group of locals focused on helping their community, we cemented strong foundations for our future on March 24, when the Greater Altoona Blair County Community Endowment became a 501(c)3.

  • 1996

    1996

    In our second year, we established our first six funds, eventually reaching $39,000 in managed assets. We saw this as an incredible success and it inspired us to continue our work.

  • 1997

    1997

    Five new funds were established, growing our managed assets to $352,000 by the end of the year. This year was also the first in which we were able to provide designated grants, totaling $47,000.

  • 1998

    1998

    With consistent growth and impressive results, we decided it was time to hire Jodi Cessna as Executive Director. We added a further five funds to our portfolio and were able to award over $63,000 in designated grants. We also awarded the Ardie J. Dillen Memorial Scholarship, the first scholarship to be awarded by the CPCF and a proud milestone for all involved.

  • 1999

    1999

    Our continued growth eventually led to the need for our own office. The Greater Altoona Blair County Community Endowment moved to the Brett Central Building on 11th Avenue in downtown Altoona. We established 8 new funds, bringing the total to 24. Designated and donor-advised grants in excess of $75,000 were awarded this year.

  • 2000

    2000

    The year 2000 was a year of significant firsts for us. We received our first corporate endowment, created by the McLanahan Corporation, presented the first Philanthropy Award to T. Dean Lower, and awarded our first Foundation Fellow, Jane Kazmaier Lower. We added 17 new funds to our portfolio and were now managing $1 million in assets. We were also able to award grants totaling more than $100,000.

  • 2001

    2001

    We established 19 new funds and continued to provide the community with nearly $100,000 in grants. On October 12th, Judge Thomas Peoples signed the petition to transfer the funds from the Altoona Foundation into the Community Endowment, a significant milestone in our history.

  • 2001

    2002

    Sixteen new funds were established in 2002 and we reached a milestone of $2 million in assets under management. We provided over $170,000 in grants.

  • 2003

    2003

    Almost a decade after first forming, we became the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation. With our new name came new offices at 1330 11th Avenue, Altoona. We were now managing $3 million in assets and providing in excess of $140,000 in grants. We also helped to establish 12 new funds.

  • 2004

    2004

    In our second year operating as the CPCF, we had $3.8 million in assets under management and established 10 new funds. We provided in excess of $125,000 in grants to the community. This was also the start of a long and successful partnership with the Altoona Mirror  for the Season of Sharing campaign, an annual effort that highlights a local organization as the recipient of increased awareness and financial gifts.

  • 2005

    2005

    We celebrated our 10th anniversary and added a further 12 funds to our portfolio. We were now managing $4.2 million in assets. The amount we awarded in grants increased significantly from the previous year, totaling over $258,000 by the year’s end.

  • 2006

    2006

    Our strong growth meant that our team needed to grow as well. We hired a Director of Operations and Data Entry Specialist. We established 10 new funds and provided in excess of $376,000 in grants. The CPCF now had $4.8 million in assets under management.

  • 2007

    2007

    With $5.6 million in assets under management and over $506,000 in grants awarded, 2007 was an incredible year for the CPCF. We helped to establish 11 new funds.

  • 2008

    2008

    We established another seven funds and were now managing $5 million in assets. The Foundation also provided more than $688,000 in grants to the community.

  • 2009

    2009

    We added another 7 funds to our roster in 2009. The CPCF now managed $6 million in assets and provided more than $837,000 in grants.

  • 2010

    2010

    Now 15 years into our operation, the CPCF managed assets totaling $7.6 million and provided over $868,000 in grants by the end of the year. An additional 12 funds were established as well.

  • 2011

    2011

    For the first time, the CPCF was able to award more than $1 million in grants, an incredible milestone by any measurement. Eight new funds were established and the Foundation now managed $9.4 million in assets.

  • 2012

    2012

    With $11 million in assets now under management, we were able to award grants totaling over $1 million for the second consecutive year. 14 new funds were also established in 2012.

  • 2013

    2013

    This was the year our team would grow again, with an internal accountant joining the team. By now, the CPCF had over $14.6 million in managed assets and established a further 15 new funds.

  • 2014

    2014

    Our team once again needed additional support and hired a receptionist. We also added another 15 funds to our portfolio. Our managed assets remained steady at just over $14.7 million, while the organization provided in excess of $1.5 million in grants to the community.

  • 2015

    2015

    The Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary, but the cause for celebration didn’t end there. In 2015, the Nason Foundation hired the CPCF to administer its funds, a major milestone. The Foundation established an impressive 16 new funds, managed over $14.2 million in assets, and provided over $1.5 million in grants.

     

  • 2016

    2016

    Growth continued in 2016. Our managed assets increased to over $21 million, due in part to receiving a $3.47 million donation, the CPCF’s largest to date. We established 12 additional funds, and grants increased to a total of more than $1.6 million.

  • 2017

    2017

    Reaching another major milestone, the CPCF provided in excess of $2 million in grants for the first time in its history, while also establishing an impressive 16 new funds. The Foundation now managed and administered over $22.5 million in assets.

  • 2018

    2018

    With over $21.3 million in assets under management and administration, the CPCF gave out more than $1.6 million in grants in 2018. This was a record year for established funds, with 23 new additions to the CPCF portfolio.

  • 2019

    2019

    The CPCF team hired its first Director of Marketing in the fall of 2019, and our 20th Philanthropy Award honored Reid Ritchey for his efforts.

  • 2020

    2020

    This year marks the CPCF’s 25th anniversary. As we celebrate this significant benchmark, we want to thank all of those that helped us reach this milestone. We are looking forward to sharing another 25 years with Central Pennsylvania.

  • CPCF Foundation Fellows
  • CPCF Foundation Fellows
  • CPCF Foundation Fellows
  • CPCF Foundation Fellows
  • CPCF Foundation Fellows
  • CPCF Foundation Fellows
  • CPCF Foundation Fellows

Foundation Fellows

Our Foundation Fellows are an incredibly generous group that we recognize for their dedication to keeping the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation running. Recipients of the Fellow Award have each given at least $1,000, or had a donation of $1,000 made in their name, directly to the CPCF.

These donations serve two purposes, with half the amount being used to ensure the Foundation’s continued operation, and the other half being placed in the permanent Community Fund.

See our generous Foundation Fellows

Philanthropy Awardees

Each year, the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation recognizes an outstanding individual, couple or family who exemplifies our mission and has generously given of their resources to help better lives and build stronger communities.

  • 2019

    2019

    Reid Ritchey
  • 2018

    2018

    Janet & David Hileman
  • 2017

    2017

    Rosalind & Phillip Sky
  • 2016

    2016

    Nancy & Don Devorris
  • 2015

    2015

    Fred N. Imler, Sr.
  • 2014

    2014

    Stephen G. Sheetz
  • 2013

    2013

    Barry J. Halbritter
  • 2012

    2012

    Donald L. Detwiler
  • 2011

    2011

    Michael W. McLanahan
  • 2010

    2010

    Willard E. "Bill" Campbell
  • 2009

    2009

    John P. Kazmaier
  • 2008

    2008

    Dorothea Nelson
  • 2007
  • 2006

    2006

    Shirley Pechter
  • 2005

    2005

    Gerald P. Wolf
  • 2004

    2004

    The Hite Family
  • 2003

    2003

    Anthony Misciagna
  • 2002

    2002

    Donald E. Wissinger
  • 2001

    2001

    G. William Ward
  • 2000

    2000

    T. Dean Lower, Esquire