Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.

Creating Charitable Connections

aka Scranton Area Community Foundation   |   Scranton, PA   |
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Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.

EIN: 23-2890364


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

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Laura Ducceschi

Main address

615 Jefferson Avenue Suite 102

Scranton, PA 18510 USA

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Subject area info


Community improvement

Population served info

Women and girls


NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


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.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work


Council on Foundations Accredited

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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


Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10.91 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 27% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$1,571,664 $2,481,371 $2,051,885 $2,534,666 -$4,610,167
As % of expenses -51.3% 65.5% 35.0% 44.3% -59.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,580,032 $2,475,535 $2,045,414 $2,528,810 -$4,616,226
As % of expenses -51.4% 65.2% 34.9% 44.1% -59.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,014,920 $5,728,176 $8,403,014 $12,395,433 $9,233,945
Total revenue, % change over prior year 18.3% 42.7% 46.7% 47.5% -25.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 19.6% 16.3% 8.8% 6.6% 10.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 42.2% 58.8% 64.6% 64.0% 78.0%
Other revenue 38.2% 24.9% 26.7% 29.3% 11.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,063,117 $3,789,080 $5,859,588 $5,726,402 $7,730,824
Total expenses, % change over prior year 28.4% 23.7% 54.6% -2.3% 35.0%
Personnel 16.6% 14.6% 11.4% 13.0% 11.2%
Professional fees 15.1% 14.1% 9.4% 5.0% 3.5%
Occupancy 1.3% 1.1% 0.7% 0.6% 0.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 51.3% 55.3% 69.2% 68.7% 73.6%
All other expenses 15.7% 14.9% 9.2% 12.7% 10.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,071,485 $3,794,916 $5,866,059 $5,732,258 $7,736,883
One month of savings $255,260 $315,757 $488,299 $477,200 $644,235
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $428,773
Total full costs (estimated) $3,326,745 $4,110,673 $6,354,358 $6,209,458 $8,809,891

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.2 0.3 1.5 11.2 4.1
Months of cash and investments 135.0 132.0 97.8 127.5 80.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 58.2 54.9 39.7 45.9 26.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $301,509 $84,516 $712,048 $5,348,844 $2,642,386
Investments $34,170,909 $41,593,245 $47,066,827 $55,488,380 $49,275,275
Receivables $10,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $165,820 $165,820 $169,811 $172,902 $601,675
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 70.8% 74.4% 76.4% 78.5% 23.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.1% 9.0% 8.3% 8.0% 9.1%
Unrestricted net assets $14,907,264 $17,382,799 $19,428,213 $21,957,023 $17,340,797
Temporarily restricted net assets $17,827,361 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $17,827,361 $22,511,640 $26,637,458 $34,054,298 $30,289,964
Total net assets $32,734,625 $39,894,439 $46,065,671 $56,011,321 $47,630,761

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President and CEO

Laura Ducceschi

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Scranton Area Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Ellen Burkey

Sporer, Burkey & Associates

Term: 2024 - 2026

Board co-chair

David Price

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Term: 2024 - 2026

Kenneth Okrepkie

Barbara J. O'Hara, Esq

Thomas Donohue

Katherine Gilmartin

Christopher DiMattio

Robert Lynett

Jerome Musheno

William Joyce

Lia Palmiter-Richards

Patricia Fox

Thomas Minora

Marion Munley

Ryan McGowan

Joseph P Bannon

Paul Woelkers

William Conaboy

Patricia Thomas

Maryla Scranton

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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