Community Foundation Elects New Board Members and Officers.

Elk County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of North Central PA is pleased to announce the election of the new Board Officers. Serving the Foundation as President, Mr. Don Valone, with Vice President being James Meyer, J. Hamlin Johnson will continue as Treasurer as will Richard Smith will continue to serve as Secretary. Every two years a new president is elected and is appointed the task of overseeing board meetings and chairing the Executive Committee. Don has been involved with the foundation since 2004. He has also served on the Investment Committee and many other task groups as needed. He, along with the other new officers, look forward to leading the Foundation. In addition the Board of Directors welcomed, Fritz Lecker as a new board member.

The Elk County Community Foundation is known for giving scholarships and grants to other non-profits in Elk County and surrounding communities but that is not its true business. The real business of the Foundation is helping people, families, groups, and businesses to be philanthropic or charitable. We provide the administrative and investment management services that make it easy for donors to accomplish their charitable wishes. These tax deductible donations will improve the quality of life in our communities.

Behind each gift and each charitable fund is a story: a story of vision, generosity, hope, commitment, family history and legacy. The Elk County Community Foundation is a collection of as many as 93 charitable funds-many stories-each reflecting the diverse ways that people choose to help their community and support the causes that matter to them.

At the Elk County Community Foundation, the vision is to connect our donors’ passions to the needs and causes that matter in our community. As an organization, they are consumed with the implications of the current federal and state budget cuts and the economic down turns: for ourselves, for our families and for our community. The Foundation feels that it is even more important for us to be ready and able to help our community in these wavering times. If you are interested in finding out more about how to become involved with the Foundation please call 814-834-2125 or check out their website at

Picture includes at right to left: James “Jake” Meyer, Richard Smith, Fritz Lecker, Ham Johnson, and Don Valone