Martha A Eddy Memorial Scholarship established at MCCF

A new scholarship has been established at the McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) by the family of Martha Eddy to honor her memory. The Martha A. Eddy Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Bradford Area High School, beginning in 2022.

Martha was a life-long resident of Bradford, graduating from Bradford Central Christian and Villa Maria College.

She was deeply committed to education for children. While teaching in her short career, Martha touched many lives. She passed away in 1990 after a long battle with health challenges and brain cancer. Donations are being accepted by the foundation to increase the value and permanency of this scholarship award.

MCCF will award this annual scholarship to an individual who will be attending an accredited two or four-year post-secondary school, pursuing a degree in education or a health related field. The candidate should show involvement in school and community activities, show a minimum GPA of 3.0, and submit an essay about their passion to be successful and their educational goals and aspirations.

Additional funding may also be available to the recipient of this scholarship. The Community Foundation is involved with the Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) and will nominate all students who receive a scholarship from them to the PATH program. This essentially doubles the dollars a scholarship recipient can receive. This program is administered through PHEAA which provides matching dollars to qualified candidates. 

MCCF administers many scholarships to students in McKean County. In 2021, 48 scholarships totaling $33,200 were awarded to area students. The Foundation makes it easy for donors to establish funds that accomplish their charitable wishes with their tax deductible donations while improving the quality of life in our communities.

The McKean County Community Foundation 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, please call the Foundation at 1-844-238-2289 or email mccf@mckeancountyfoundation.org.

McKean County Community Foundation Annual Report is available online

The MCCF Annual Report, “Counting Our Blessings”, features photos of churches throughout McKean County.

The 2020 McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) Annual Report celebrates the growth and accomplishments of the non-profit foundation over the past year. With the theme of “Counting Our Blessings”, the cover of the publication features a window pane collage with photos of area churches.

From its beginning in 2017, MCCF has been blessed with the support of charitable-minded individuals, organizations, and businesses that have invested in the future of our communities. The 49 funds established by these generous donors have given over $147,000 dollars back to our communities through grants and scholarships. Bob Esch, Board President, stated, “Our goal for the Foundation’s future years is to continue to grow our philanthropic resources to ensure our ability to support our communities for generations to come”.

The publication tells the story of donors, different types of funds, and the ways in which these funds have benefited our community through grants to non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities, as well as through scholarships awarded to students throughout McKean County.

The annual report can be found online at www.mckeancountyfoundation.org under About/Publications. Or a free printed copy can be mailed to you by contacting the foundation office. Check out the MCCF website to read about the many exciting opportunities the foundation offers for both donors and recipients that make McKean County an even better place to live for our families.

The McKean County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides the administrative and investment management services that make it easy for donors to accomplish their charitable wishes with their tax deductible donations and to improve the quality of life in our communities. For more information, please contact MCCF at 1-844-238-2289 or email mccf@mckeancountyfoundation.org.

Grants available to non-profits from MCCF Covid-19 Fund

Among the various organizations that have benefited from a Covid Fund grant is the Eldred WW2 Museum.

The McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) is pleased to announce that grants are now available from their COVID-19 Assistance Fund for this granting period. Grant applications are due by July 30. Non-profit organizations serving McKean County area encouraged to apply. The grant application is available on the Foundation’s website, www.mckeancountyfoundation.org, on the Open Grants page.

The COVID-19 public health crisis and resulting economic crisis have created a variety of challenges for organizations in communities across the country. MCCF will administer grants from The COVID-19 Assistance Fund to nonprofit organizations in McKean County that are serving vulnerable populations. Throughout forced closures, months of remote work, and inconsistent reopening plans, nonprofits have constantly adjusted by implementing strategies like virtual nonprofit fundraising to stay afloat. Support may be given to nonprofits who have seen detrimental impacts to their fiscal and administrative operation as a result of a loss of revenue, fundraising, or staffing, with focus on education and health care services throughout McKean County.

By establishing the COVID-19 Assistance Fund in McKean County, the Foundation’s purpose is to bolster and coordinate philanthropic response to the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our neighbors, our community and the nonprofit agencies that serve them. For questions about applying for a grant or making a donation to the Fund, feel free to contact the Foundation office at 814-834-2125.

McKean County nonprofits invited to apply for COVID-19 grants

Among the various organizations that have benefited from a Covid Fund grant is The Lutheran Home at Kane, which was awarded $2,500 for four computers to assist residents and employees, especially with telemedicine visits with physicians.

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the McKean County Community Foundation established the COVID-19 Assistance Fund in the spring of 2020. The Foundation is pleased to announce that grants are now available during our current granting cycle for nonprofit organizations serving McKean County. The deadline for grant applications is January 29, 2021. The grant application is available on the Foundation’s website, www.mckeancountyfoundation.org, on the Open Grants page.

The Community Foundation will administer grants from the COVID-19 Assistance Fund to nonprofit organizations in McKean County that are serving vulnerable populations.  Support may be given to nonprofits who have seen detrimental impacts to their fiscal and administrative operation as a result of a loss of revenue, fundraising, or staffing, with focus on education and health care services throughout McKean County.

This outbreak has been impacting our community in many ways. By establishing the COVID-19 Assistance Fund in McKean County, our purpose is to bolster and coordinate philanthropic response to the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our neighbors, our community and the nonprofit agencies that serve them

The COVID-19 Assistance Fund is made up of public donations. We invite donors to join in this effort. By pooling our funds, we can collectively support our community nonprofits and make a bigger impact on their needs. The McKean County Community Foundation will waive administrative fees on all donations and will distribute 100% of all donations to those agencies in need by an open grant process.

Donations to this fund can be mailed to the McKean County Community Foundation at P.O. Box 708, Bradford, PA, 16701, with check made payable to the MCCF – COVID-19 Assistance Fund. Online donations will also be accepted through our website at www.mckeancountyfoundation.org, using the link on our home page. When making your donation, please indicate the COVID-19 Assistance Fund as the fund name.

For questions about applying for a grant or making a donation to the Fund, feel free to contact the Foundation office at 814-834-2125.

Womens’s Giving Circle of McKean County Grant Applications Available

Women’s Giving Circle of McKean County Grant Applications Available

Women’s Giving Circle of McKean County grant applications will be available as of September 1, with a deadline for submission by October 1, 2020. Applications can be found on McKean County Community Foundation’s website at https//mckeancountyfoundation.org.

The Women’s Giving Circle of McKean County (WGC) is a group of local women committed to volunteerism and sharing who have formed a philanthropic women’s organization to strengthen their community. Each of the women pay annual membership dues that are pooled together to create a fund that grants needed dollars to local nonprofit organizations. The women will gather at their annual meeting this fall where they will vote on which projects are important to them to enhance the needs of families in McKean County.

The funds that are collected for the WGC will be distributed to various local charitable organizations through an annual grant application process. Eighty-five percent of the funds collected will be awarded each year, ten percent of the funds will become part of an endowment and five percent will cover the administrative expenses. In this first year, the Women’s Giving Circle of McKean County has 75 members. The granting dollars available for this granting cycle will be $9,500. McKean County organizations are encouraged to apply for these grants.

Eligible awards will be limited to nonprofit organizations with current 501 (c) (3) status, and schools or municipalities who serve the residents of McKean County. Requests must not duplicate the work of other local organizations, and must reflect sustainability and/or other ongoing support.  Awards will be given up to $2,000.  Some grants that are awarded may be less than the amount requested.

Top grant applications will be presented to the full membership at its annual meeting in the fall.  Since the venue will be virtual this year, we are asking applicants for a brief three (3) minute video to be prepared and submitted with their application. The Women’s Giving Circle members will have the opportunity to vote for the project(s) to be funded.

Inquiries/questions and requests for grant applications and membership information can be directed to Paula Fritz Eddy of the McKean County Community Foundation at 814-834-2125 or by email at mccf@mckeancountyfoundation.org.  The Women’s Giving Circle of McKean County organization was established last year as a project of the McKean County Community Foundation. Membership for 2020-21 is now open.