(YORK, PA, November 3, 2021) – The York County Community Foundation (YCCF) is pleased to welcome Adrian Buckner as the Vice President of Grants and Community Engagement. In his role at the Foundation, Adrian will be responsible for advancing the mission of YCCF through high impact grantmaking and strategic community improvement initiatives. The Grants Department drives the Foundation’s winning aspiration to fuel community transformation, inspire increased charitable giving through impactful grants, and is at the forefront of living its value of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“Adrian brings with him experience in executive leadership, grants management, fundraising, nonprofit development, and collective impact. Adrian’s commitment to community building and his passion for supporting the nonprofit sector make him a great addition to our team as YCCF continues to build positive relationships with our fundholders, grantees, and community partners,” said Jane Conover, President & CEO of YCCF.
During his five years at the United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR) where he recently served as Vice President of Resource Development, Adrian oversaw the strategic direction for United Way’s resource development staff and volunteers. In addition, he helped steer the formation of its community initiatives utilizing the Collective Impact Model. Working with the CEO and Senior Management Team, he was instrumental in developing and promoting UWCR’s long-range plans and goals.
Adrian is an adjunct professor at Central Pennsylvania College’s School of Business and holds master’s degrees in Business Administration and Law and Public Policy. Previous experience includes serving as a Business Development Manager for the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency and coaching start-up nonprofit organizations.
Adrian joins the YCCF team upon the announcement of the retirement of Lise Levin, Vice President of Community Investment. Since 2015 Lise has expanded YCCF’s impact on York County by launching the Memorial Health Fund grants program, enlisting a broad cross section of community members in evaluating grant proposals, increasing the diversity of grant applicants, and managing a 44% increase in grant distributions during her tenure.