(York, PA, January 19, 2023) — York County Community Foundation (YCCF) invested $7.1 million in the York County community by awarding grants to 435 nonprofits in 2022. This total reflects grants from YCCF’s Fund for York County, the Hahn Home Fund for Embracing Aging, the Racial Equity Fund, Memorial Health Fund, and from more than 630 funds housed at the foundation.
Nearly 1,500 grants were awarded to support York County charities to help people thrive and build a vibrant community. Volunteer committees and Community Foundation staff use community plans, research, and the intentions of donors who have established funds at the community foundation to evaluate grant applications.
In 2022, YCCF’s grants are:
- making York County a great place to age
- preparing youth for their future
- connecting workers with skills and employment
- providing high-quality childcare
- addressing equity gaps for communities of color
- protecting the environment
- creating opportunities for everyone to thrive
“These grants are made possible by the hundreds of Yorkers who have created or donated to funds at the community foundation,” said YCCF President & CEO, Jane M. Conover. “They have chosen to make their gift go further by investing in a vibrant York County today and for future generations.”
In 2022, donors gave $9 million to YCCF to support causes they care about in our community and started 16 new funds to provide that support in perpetuity. Gifts made to YCCF are endowed, which means that they are invested to grow over time and create an impact that is exponentially greater than a one-time gift.
People or organizations interested in learning how YCCF can help them meet their charitable needs can visit www.yccf.org for more information.
2022 was a successful and exciting year at YCCF. We launched the THRIVE Grant program to help low-income people become economically mobile. Nonprofits received $730,000 in grants for programs in career development, stable, affordable housing, early childhood education, transportation, and financial literacy.
We used our voice for community improvement by hosting a virtual education series called Together We Thrive for deep dives uncovering barriers to economic mobility. We will continue to offer this series in 2023, so stay tuned for the next topics.
Our Embracing Aging initiative is celebrating 10 years of improving how people experience aging in York County. Visit http://www.EmbracingAging.org to see how we can help your company or group create an age-friendly culture. As part of our commitment to creating an age-friendly York County, we launched TroveStreet, an aging navigator resource. Visit http://www.TroveStreet.com to begin your plan for aging.
The financial stability of our nonprofit partners is critical to our community’s success. We offered YCCF nonprofit fundholders a training series on building a planned giving program that helped nonprofits grow their endowments at YCCF by $2 million in 2022.
In 2022, YCCF developed a DEI Northstar to help guide our work and set an example for our community in making York County equitable and inclusive. Through our Racial Equity Fund, YCCF awarded $99,000 in grants to advance racial equity and another $14,000 to assist nonprofits in building their organization’s cultural competence. The foundation also set an example by completing an internal assessment of our own cultural competence and are working with partners in building a resource hub for DEI learning for our staff and the community.