Charitable giving focus of Franklin County Foundation

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Deb Fulham-Winston and Jennifer Doyle shared information on The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, which serves Franklin County. The organization is a central point that assists donors in reaching preferred charities, provides management services, and awards grants to non-profit bodies.

Have money or valuables to donate to a good cause?

The Franklin County Foundation can help.

Speakers representing FCF and its parent organization The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, shared the benefits of working through an established body at the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce breakfast Jan. 21.

Jennifer Doyle, Director of Development, and Deb Fulham-Winston, Asset Development Associate, both of Harrisburg, beat the brunt of Tuesday’s snowstorm to visit with Chamber members at the John Allison Public House.

Franklin County is one of six divisions served by TFEC. The non-profit works with donors, other non-profit agenies and professional advisors to help people direct their charitable contributions to the most desired causes and in the most tax-beneficial way. In 2012 assets were $72 million, with nearly $7 million dedicated to the county.

“Anyone can give to any fund at any time,” said Doyle. “It is invested and grown.”

If no established fund meets the goal of a donor, a new fund can be created within days, she said.

Non-profit organizations compete for unrestricted funds, and TFEC helps with the grant application. From there, they have a good template to use when seeking other sources of funding, Fulham-Winston explained.

Hank Guariello, Greencastle, serves on the Franklin County Advisory Committee along with 12 other people. Once a year they decide how discretionary funding should be distributed. Recipients in 2013 included the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County, Ronald McDonald House of Central PA and other 501(c)(3) groups.

“We serve those who want to make their communities a better place to live,” concluded Fulham-Winston.