Field of Interest Funds
Field of Interest Funds allow donors to support a broad charitable purpose or category of interest, such as animals, the arts, or education, or a specific geographic area in Berks County.
Giving to a Field of Interest Fund allows donors to invest in the causes or the community they care most about.
These donations live on in perpetuity and are grouped with gifts from like-minded donors to achieve greater impact.
When giving to a Field of Interest Fund, donors rely on the Community Foundation to identify organizations, projects or individuals capable of making the most progress in the specific issue area or region of particular importance to donors.
Field of Interest Funds currently at Berks County Community Foundation:
The Fund for Berks County provides grants that address the most pressing needs in Berks County as they arise and change over time.
The Fund for the Animals provides grants to organizations that care for animals in Berks County.
The Berks County Arts Fund provides grants to support arts and culture programming in the Main Street District in Reading and in rural areas of the county where residents are less likely to have attended an arts or culture event.
The Youth Fund provides grants to organizations that address issues that impact young people in Berks County.
The Conservation Equity Fund provides grants for preserving and conserving open space (including but not limited to farmland), environmentally-sensitive land, and historic properties in Berks County.
The Diversity Alliance Endowment Fund provides grants to support and strengthen projects or programs that address issues of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Berks County.
The Community General Hospital Healthcare Fund provides grants to address community health needs in Berks County.
The Teacher Mini-Grant Fund provides grants of $500 or less to classroom teachers in K-12 public schools in Berks County for special materials, activities, projects, and programs.
The Boyertown Area Charitable Program provides grants to support health, safety, and recreation programs in the area served by the Boyertown Area School District.
The Governor Mifflin Area Charitable Program provides grants to support charitable causes in the area served by the Governor Mifflin Area School District.
The Embracing Aging Fund provides grants to organizations that address the needs of Berks County’s older residents by removing barriers to aging well.
The Berks County Veterans Fund provides grants to organizations that provide services for local veterans.
The Community Foundation manages more than 300 charitable funds that provide grants and scholarships for a variety of organizations and causes. Donations of any amount can be made to any fund at any time.