Berks County Community Foundation administers about 350 charitable funds. As of the end of 2018, the Community Foundation had assets of $77.8 million and had awarded $53.8 million in grants and scholarships.
Just two and a half decades ago, a group of Berks County leaders was figuring out what exactly a community foundation does. How would it work? What role would it play in the community?
Foundations invest and administer charitable funds established by people who want to help their region meet the unique challenges it faces. Volunteer boards oversee the foundations.
But community foundations do much more than administer funds. They also identify emerging issues and use their resources to assert an important leadership role in their communities.
In the early 1990s, Berks County had no such organization. But a group of caring, forward-thinking residents changed that.