Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

THE FOUNDATION FOR ENHANCING COMMUNITIES

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Harrisburg, PA

Mission

Inspire giving by partnering with donors to achieve their charitable goals, and strengthen our local communities by investing in them now and for future generations.

Ruling Year

2002

President & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Janice R. Black

Main Address

PO Box 678

Harrisburg, PA 17108-0678 USA

Keywords

Community Foundations Donor grantmaking scholarships philanthropy

EIN

01-0564355

 Number

1471101750

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

To develop a method for tracking and sharing the meaningful impact that our grant making & scholarships have in the communities we serve

To deepen relationships with current donors, increasing assets in current funds, promoting co-funding opportunities and planned giving

To continually build strength through governance in the Board of Directors & Regional Advisory Boards by recruiting and engaging strong leaders and advocates for the Foundation's mission

To continue our focus on the Early Childhood Initiative with our Discretionary grant making funds

To build relationships with new donors, seeking innovative strategies using technology to reach a younger and more diverse group

To develop and implement a Strategic Communications Plan emphasizing the use of Technology in all possible facets

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Competitive Grantmaking

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Competitive Grantmaking: Funds Awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Competitive Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

We offer a range of annual grant opportunities to meet area needs and in 2019, TFEC was pleased to award 189 competitive grants totaling $758,263 in grant funds through discretionary grantmaking.

Finance & Investment: Organization Assets

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

As the 18th oldest community foundation in the United States, we have provided personalized products and services to help donors and communities achieve their charitable goals for nearly 100 years.

College & Higher Education: Number of Scholarships Awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our scholarship recipients demonstrate financial need as well as individual excellence in areas such as community service, leadership, sports, music, academics, and other unique characteristics.

College & Higher Education Scholarships: Available Opportunities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our scholarship opportunities are made available through numerous individual scholarship funds established by generous donors in our community.

Stewardship: Fiscal Sponsorship Projects

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Through fiscal sponsorships, we enable charitable projects to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization, raise tax-deductible contributions and utilize funds for what they do best—achieving their mission!

Community Leadership: Emerging Philanthropist Program Graduates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

A joint project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and Harrisburg Young Professionals, The Emerging Philanthropist Program, engages emerging community leaders in the power of philanthropy.

Initiatives: The Fund for Women & Girls Endowment Assets

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The mission of The Fund for Women & Girls, a special initiative of TFEC, is to broaden the awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls through collective philanthropy.

Community Leadership: The Fund for Women & Girls Dream Team Membership

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Empowered by collective philanthropy, a primary goal of The Fund for Women & Girls Dream Team is the establishment of a $1,000,000 endowment fueled by the charitable donations of 1,000 individuals.

College & Higher Education Scholarships: Funds Awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Established by generous donors, corporations or organizations to assist students with their educational pursuits, our scholarship opportunities express a deep belief in the power of education.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our main goal is to educate the community about philanthropy and to offer the services we provide that can assist them in doing so. Whether it is an individual donor, family, corporation, or nonprofit organization, we can provide services to assist them in meeting their charitable goals. We also provide services to other foundations, banks and nonprofit organizations that assist in building their capacity such as managing their investments or scholarship or grant programs for them for a fee.

We meet with donor prospects to share information and continue to follow up with them to ensure their questions are answered appropriately. We cultivate relationships to share the charitable services we offer. We also meet and educate professional advisors (attorneys, wealth managers and accountants) on our products as they are referral sources for new donors. We have collateral material that is specifically for the capacity building services that is shared with potential clients as well.

We have been providing philanthropic services to the community for almost 100 years, we always have a stellar audit, are fully transparent and our investment returns are very good. The additional capacity building services have been provided for over 10 years, with a proven effective track record for those we are in partnership with. We provide excellent customer service, have highly qualified and knowledgeable staff, and referrals from existing customers show that they are pleased with our services.

We review our strategic plan and therefore goal progress quarterly at each Board of Directors' meetings. Updates are provided on progress and discussion is provided when schedules for goal achievement must be altered.

We continue to evaluate our strategic plan progress and revise it as necessary. We have developed new strategies to engage current donors and strengthen those relationships. There is still much to do, as always, there are new and improved ways to communicate with individuals. We have started a young professionals program to begin to engage a younger audience to educate the next generation on philanthropy. We have re-established our Professional Advisors Council as a way to deepen and strengthen relationships with advisors.

External Reviews

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

In order to support nonprofits and gain valuable insight for the sector, GuideStar worked with D5—a five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—in creating a questionnaire. This section is a voluntary questionnaire that empowers organizations to share information on the demographics of who works in and leads organizations. To protect the identity of individuals, we do not display sexual orientation or disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff. Any values displayed in this section are percentages of the total number of individuals in each category (e.g. 20% of all Board members for X organization are female).

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.

Disability

Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity