Community Champion of the Week: NEPA Gives

Since we launched this series in February 2022, we’ve been spotlighting a community champion or announcing a community event to engage people in philanthropy every week. We are thrilled with the responses and look forward to many more opportunities to share stories of the good things happening here in Luzerne County.

The operations of the Lucerne Foundation consist of many moving parts and require our great attention to detail. Our strategic plan is the driving force that keeps us focused on our community and helping others. Three main components help us assess how successful we are and how we can effect positive community change: Mission, Strategy, and Core Values.


The Luzerne Foundation strives to improve the lives of Luzerne County residents by assessing and addressing community needs through strategic grantmaking, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to causes that matter. for them.



Fundamental values:

• Commitment to the public good

• Transparency, integrity and honesty

• Responsibility and responsible management of resources

• Commitment to excellence and maintenance of public trust

• Embrace diversity and inclusion, make philanthropy fair for all.

Our mission in action

For the third year in a row, the Alfalfa Foundation, in partnership with the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the Carbon Community Foundation, the Greater Pike Community Foundation and the Wayne County Community Foundation, are working collaboratively to host NEPA Gives. Our colleagues at the Scranton Area Community Foundation are spearheading this event, and we are grateful for their sacrifice of time, talent, and treasures for this regionally collaborative effort.

What is NEPA Gives?

A one-day online giving extravaganza that is all about giving back to our community. For 24 hours – from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022 – donors can make secure donations to their local nonprofit through the NEPA Gives online platform.

In 2020, our region raised over $500,000. In 2021, over $1.2 million was raised regionally, and this year we hope to raise $1.5 million to support our regional nonprofits.

Luzerne County Nonprofits, Now is your chance to raise additional funds for your organization. The Luzerne Foundation offers matching incentives for registered charities in Luzerne County, but you must register to participate. The registration process is simple and the NEPA Gives website offers training sessions, toolkits and webinars designed to maximize your experience and increase your fundraising potential. To visit to start.

Have questions? We are here to help you ! Call us at 570-822-2065.

NEPA Gives is the perfect way to support important local charities, or if you have an idea or cause close to your heart, please give us a call at the Luzerne Foundation. We would be honored to chat with you!

Do you want to make our community better? U.S. too. Let’s do it together.

Thanks to you and for you, we are… Here for good.™


C. David Pedri is President and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation. This new series of weekly columns is an advertising partnership between the Luzerne Foundation and the Times Leader. For more information about the organization, visit or call 570-822-2065.

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