Community Foundation celebrates 20th anniversary in 2020

Community Foundation celebrates 20th anniversary in 2020

ECCF: 20 Years: celebrating our past ~ inspiring our future

This is the 1st in a series of articles on the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) during its 20th anniversary year, highlighting its history and impact in the community

St. Marys, PA, January 28, 2020:  The Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) is pleased to announce that the year 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of their non-profit organization. ECCF is a public grantmaking organization that partners with individuals, organizations and businesses to support innovative solutions and programs that address the pressing needs of our area.

Though you may not be very familiar with your local community foundation, you have certainly felt their impact. That’s because over 20 years the Elk County Community Foundation has invested over 5 million dollars across a wide range of issues and projects throughout Elk County. Included in this, are over $3.6 million in grants for social services, health and wellness, community development, and education projects, and $1.78 million in scholarships.

ECCF has become a vibrant community foundation through generous charitable giving by ordinary people who have set up funds to support the causes they care about. The Foundation now administers 24 donor advised funds, 2 unrestricted funds, 21 agency endowment funds, 3 designated funds, and 102 scholarship funds with assets totaling $13.5 million.

The impact of dollars granted to community organizations through the foundation has certainly added up over the years to a substantial investment. But more importantly, the social impact to better the lives of area residents is beyond measurement, reaching far into the future.

“During this anniversary year, we look forward to sharing stories of groups and individuals who have benefited from grants and scholarships through the years, and we celebrate and thank the many donors who have worked to make lives better in Elk County and made our success possible”, stated Paula Fritz Eddy, Executive Director. ECCF is a non-profit organization that strives to strengthen our region through development, stewardship and grant making as it works with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information, visit their website at or call the office at 834-2125.