Luzerne Foundation hears presentations from 33 non-profits

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Rob Neher, a board member for the Luzerne Foundation, announces the next set of non-profits vying for grant money at a forum Thursday at the Holiday Inn Wilkes-Barre — East Mountain in Plains Township. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader Rob Neher, a board member for the Luzerne Foundation, announces the next set of non-profits vying for grant money at a forum Thursday at the Holiday Inn Wilkes-Barre — East Mountain in Plains Township. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Charles Barber, president and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation, holds a timer Thursday while one of 33 non-profit organizations presents its five-minute case to recieve grant money. Grant recipients will be announced May 10. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader Charles Barber, president and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation, holds a timer Thursday while one of 33 non-profit organizations presents its five-minute case to recieve grant money. Grant recipients will be announced May 10. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

PLAINS TWP. — The Luzerne Foundation on Thursday held its 2018 Non-Profit Forum, giving 33 organizations an opportunity to tell their stories in pursuit of funding.

The forum affords the non-profits a chance to give a five-minute presentation on their perspectives, current needs and challenges with the hope of receiving some grant support from the foundation.

The information will assist the Luzerne Foundation in its grant-making endeavors, plus it encourages more and new collaborations among existing non-profits.

“As a grant-maker or someone committed to our community, you understand the importance of keeping your finger on the pulse of the most pressing needs that our area’s non-profit organizations face,” said Charles Barber, president and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation. “This forum setting provides a unique platform to gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to help fund those needs responsibly.”

To put it another way, the forum gave the 33 non-profits the opportunity to “tell their story.”

Grant recipients will be announced at the Luzerne Foundation’s annual meeting May 10 at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.

The groups participating in Thursday’s forum:

• Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre

• Social Fabric Collective

• F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

• Fine Arts Fiesta

• KISS Theatre Company

• Osterhout Free Library

• McGlynn Learning Center

• Immanuel Christian School

• Hazleton Integration Project, or HIP

• The Lands at Hillside Farms

• Camp Orchard Hill

• Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA

• Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center

• The Hope Center of the Wyoming Valley

• Candy’s Place

• Pathways Unplanned Pregnancy Help Center

• WVIA Public Media

• Ronald McDonald House of Scranton

• Wyoming Valley Children’s Association

• NEPA Inclusive

• Family Service Association of NEPA

• United Way of Greater Hazleton

• Individual Abilities in Motion (I AM)

• Family Promise of Carbon County

• Pittston Memorial Library

• SAFE Inc.

• Victory Sports Inc.

• SPCA of Luzerne County

• Step By Step Inc.

• Luzerne County Historical Society

• Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership

• Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO)

• King’s College

Rob Neher, a board member for the Luzerne Foundation, announces the next set of non-profits vying for grant money at a forum Thursday at the Holiday Inn Wilkes-Barre — East Mountain in Plains Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_TTL033018LuzerneFoundation1-1.jpgRob Neher, a board member for the Luzerne Foundation, announces the next set of non-profits vying for grant money at a forum Thursday at the Holiday Inn Wilkes-Barre — East Mountain in Plains Township. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Charles Barber, president and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation, holds a timer Thursday while one of 33 non-profit organizations presents its five-minute case to recieve grant money. Grant recipients will be announced May 10.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_TTL033018LuzerneFoundation2-1.jpgCharles Barber, president and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation, holds a timer Thursday while one of 33 non-profit organizations presents its five-minute case to recieve grant money. Grant recipients will be announced May 10. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

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