Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.

aka Scranton Area Community Foundation   |   Scranton, PA   |  https://safdn.org/

Mission

To enhance the quality of life for all people in Lackawanna County through the development of organized philanthropy.

Ruling year info

1997

President and CEO

Laura Ducceschi

Main address

615 Jefferson Avenue Suite 102

Scranton, PA 18510 USA

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EIN

23-2890364

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to enhance the qualify of life for all residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania through a multi-pronged approach that looks to identify, root out, and address the root causes of inequities, and seeks to engage in critical and innovative work that aims to resolve or improve the current issues plaguing our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Women in Philanthropy

Women in Philanthropy (“WIP”) began as a small group of engaged, community-minded women at the Scranton Area Foundation that wanted to create meaningful, positive change in the lives of women and girls in Lackawanna County.

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Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Collaboration with Funders
Serve as a Change Agent
Build Capacity
Engine to Address Emerging Challenges
Create a Legacy Opportunity
Build Sustainability
Meet Goals Through Giving
Connect Resources
Ensure Resource Development to Meet Community Needs
Enable innovative programming
Assist in continued success through capacity building
Educate nonprofits towards building sustainable funding models
Provide critical support and resources as needed

STRATEGIC PILLAR 1: Convener and Leadership Catalyst
Goal 1. Collaboration with Funders
● Foster connectivity
● Establish relationships for stand-alone foundations and future administration
● Serve as a lead vehicle
Goal 2. Serve as a Change Agent
● Have foresight to identify opportunities within our communities
● Listen to stakeholders and prioritize opportunities
● Set the table for change
● Retain people at the table
● Lead change-oriented initiatives
Goal 3. Build Capacity
● Nonprofits
● Donors
● Professional Advisors
Goal 4. Engine to Address Emerging Challenges
● Identify and prioritize challenges
● Determine needed partners and resources
● Provide solutions and initiatives
STRATEGIC PILLAR 2: Charitable Steward
Goal 1. Create a Legacy Opportunity
● Relationships with donors, prospective donors, professional advisors.
● Maintain trust, respect, and integrity as a partner
● Evaluate, innovate, and institute the most relevant, appropriate charitable planning tools
● Engage donors to build a pipeline of funding to meet community needs
Goal 2. Build Sustainability
● Educate nonprofits on the value of organizational endowments
● Assist nonprofits in establishing and building organizational endowments
Goal 3. Meet Goals Through Giving
● Provide charitable vehicles for achieving goals
● Offer customized, responsive philanthropic planning assistance to serve donor and professional advisor needs.
Goal 4. Connect Resources
● Managing other foundations to needs in communities
● Connecting donors to specific needs in communities
Goal 5: Ensure Resource Development to Meet Community Needs
● Grow and build community needs fund
● Continually establish relationships with new donors and professional advisors
● Sustain relationships with current donors and professional advisors
● Grow and build administrative endowment fund
● Maintain appropriate administration fees to compensate philanthropic services
STRATEGIC PILLAR 3: Partner to Nonprofits
Goal 1. Enable innovative programming
● Use restricted and unrestricted funding for grant opportunities
● Help establish effective collaborations with other funders
● Provide seed funding for innovative philanthropy
● Generate buy-in for innovative philanthropy
● Lead change-oriented initiatives
Goal 2. Assist in continued success through capacity building
● Grantmaking
● Training
● Workshops
● Continuing Education
Goal 3. Educate nonprofits towards building sustainable funding models
● Planned Giving Support
● Organizational endowments
● Toolkits
● CGAs
Goal 4: Provide critical support and resources as needed
● Identify critical situations
● Determine appropriate decision-making metrics to assist in prioritization

The board and staff of the Scranton Area Foundation (SAF) is well-positioned to act as the independent anchor institution in our community which can work with and successfully convene nonprofit organizations. We have demonstrated strong proficiency in facilitating and developing collaborative relationships and programs. Staff and board members have the skills, competency and experience to execute our mission and strategic goals.

SAF has developed a number of successful initiatives and projects in support of our mission and strategic goals. These include:
- Strong grants program that addresses both critical and innovative needs;
- Women in Philanthropy which is a women's philanthropy program looking to address the particular needs of women, girls, and their families in our region
- The Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence which is the capacity building arm of SAF
- NEPA Moves which is a collaborative council dedicated to equitable transportation and similar issues of economic mobility
- NEPA Gives which is a one-day online giving day to support our nonprofit partners
- Medallion Partners Program which allows donors to keep their investments with their trusted advisors while still reaching their philanthropic goals

Financials

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Operations

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

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Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kenneth Okrepkie

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Barbara O'Hara

Hughes, Nicholls & O'Hara LLP

Term: 2020 -

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data