The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Rating: 4.88 stars   8 reviews

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Location: PO Box 678 200 N. 3rd Street, 8th Floor Harrisburg PA 17108-0678 USA

Mission: To stimulate philanthropy and enhance the quality of life in the community through accumulating, managing and disbursing financial assets, and to serve as a catalyst and neutral convener to meet a wide range of community needs in the south central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon and Perry, and also in the Dillsburg area.

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EIN 01-0564355
717-236-5040

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Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

This is my first year as a TFEC Board member. From day one, the Board and staff have been very supportive. The organization has a very collaborative atmosphere, which allows both the Board and the staff to work together in a very productive manner. The staff leadership is very resourceful and intuitive. It has been my experience that staff leadership always put forward their best efforts to ensure that the organization is well managed and equipped to fulfill its mission of service to the community. The TFEC staff is exemplary. With the support of the staff, we were able to reactivate the Women's Fund with the help of a few Board members and community volunteers. Through the outstanding efforts of The Women's Fund core team, TFEC was able to release applications to the community for available grants in The Fund. Applications were submitted in the fall and TFEC expects to award grants for 2009.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always supportive and very knowledgeable.

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Exelon Corporation

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2008-10-01

Rating: 4 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

Delta Development Group worked with TFEC to identify five critical issues in Central Pennsylvania. During the assignment I developed personal respect for the organization and their staff. I have been impressed with the resources being devoted to the identified challenges. I look forward to working with TFEC to improve the quality of life in Central PA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

marshalling resources for critical issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to augment financial resources for various programs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the commitment and dedication of the professional staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very resourceful in advancing innovative solutions.

Ways to make it better...

we had more discretionary dollars to commit to worthy opportunities.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

related to the current economic climate. The current environment is very challenging for financial requirements.

One thing I'd also say is that...

additional publicity regarding various programs.

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Delta Development Group

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

I've been a board and committee member for 15 years or so and a client, through various funds which are with the organization, for nearly 20 years.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive impact on the community, the people it's served and helped, and the services it provides.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do what it's doing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of being attached to the community through it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard-working, intelligent, imaginative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stop worrying about limiting grantmaking and make a substantive change for the better in the community.

Ways to make it better...

I had been asked to be a leader of the board.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy and how to make sure its resources make the most significant difference possible.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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Market Square Concerts

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities has been very helpful to me in finding funding for my organization, Downtown Daily Bread. In what was formerly the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, Rosemary Brown and Janice Black were the first people I met who instructed me in the procedures and basic thinking of grantees. The Foundation was and continues to be a sounding board for my ideas involving a wide range of non-profit concerns and ideas.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all aspects of community life. The Foundation For Enhancing Communities is the backbone of the non-profit community. It is truly dedicated to making lives better in all of the communities they service.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't begin to know how to improve the Foundation, as I think it is managed very well.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know the staff of the foundation, knowing I can talk with them informally, and knowing I can come to them when there is a need in my organization. If they cannot help us, they can refer us to others who may.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best: professional, bright, and personable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more non-profits and allot larger grants to those who show need and longevity.

Ways to make it better...

they hadn't used the Donor Edge program. I thought the program was more complex than expected.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

I might suggest that the Foundation do more to bring non-profits together in some way. However, I suspect they have more pressing issues to address.

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Downtown Daily Bread

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2006-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

I had been making modest donations to several non-profit organizations which wastaking a great deal of time and energy. When I heard about the idea of making one more substantial contribution to The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, I decided to give it a try. After setting up a Donor Advised Fund, I began making most of my contributions through the Fund, which saves a lot of time and hassle. All I need to do is type in the name of the organization to which I wish to contribute, and the amount and purpose of the grant. The Foundation takes care of sending out the check and I get the thanks! In addition to simplifying the giving process, this method has also made my tax accounting easier and helped me keep track of the donations I make. After I got used to the process, I set up another fund at the Foundation, to enable my family members to make their own charitable contributions, thereby encouraging my children and grandchildren to become philanthropically minded. Another giving vehicle that has been worthwhile to me is the "gift certificates." I buy several of these in set denominations and give them out as gifts for holidays and special occasions. At my most recent Passover Seder, I gave each person at the table a gift certificate to use as he/she saw fit for an organization of the recipient's choice. In this way, my charitable gifts are gifted twice-- once to the dinner guest and on to the charity that means so much to him or her. It is a definite win-win situation!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the creativity of the organization, which makes it possible for me to share my blessings with those less fortunate in an unusually pleasant way

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

expert, courteous, responsive, prompt, helpful,

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

This is a large community foundation covering many counties in Central Pennsylvania. It manages over $70m in donor accounts and has been very successful with its investments to grow the funds-- although with the recent downturn of the economy, things are not as successful. The Foundation has gone through a strategic planning process- this has resulted in several areas of focus to tackle the highest level of unmet needs in our communities. Healthcare access and workforce initiatives are at the top of the list. The board consists of movers and shakers in the community and are a very dedicated group of professionals. The staff are equally qualified and dedicated.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the funds that The Foundation has been able to disperse has a significant positive effect in the community-- not only because the grantmaking is focused on the greatest needs, but also because the foundation tracks outcomes and looks for sustainability after the funds are granted for future years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to manage with the same values that have sustained this growing organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my experience has been most enjoyable because of being able to give back to the commmunity and being able to work with the professional staff and board members who are highly motivated to make differences in the communities we serve.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, innovative, motivated, and dedicated.

Ways to make it better...

we had more money to grant to community needs. We currently are viewing over 50 grant applications and there is not enough money to fund even the greatest needs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

surviving the economic downturn.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If the budget would permit, I would add more staff since the staff are very extended right now.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

TFEC is a very professional organization that goes the extra mile to meet the needs of clients and the community. From a knowledgeable, courteous, and responsive staff to informative and frequent seminars and presentations, TFEC exceeds the needs of participating non-profits. They make the proposal process as efficient and convenient as possible. Not only do they communicate frequently about funding opportunities, they provide the tools and suggestions needed to respond effectively.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive impact within the communities they serve and the participation by area non-profits in requests for proposals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing-- but do my best to continue this effective leadership.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff is always helpful, knowledgeable, courteous, and upbeat.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

superb, excellent, the very best!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make this community the best in the country!

Ways to make it better...

even more funding were available.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

maintaining momentum in these difficult economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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Employment Skills Center

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

In September 2007 Hope Within Ministries applied to TFEC for an Access to Health Services funding opportunity. We were awarded funding in December 2007. This grant helped us to become familiar with the foundation and them to become familiar with the services our organization provides. In May of 2008 we chose to submit a larger proposal for their first multi-year funding opportunity. We were notified in June of 2008 that we were one of two recipients who were chosen. We were thrilled to be selected as the funding will help us to continue to provide free primary health care to the medically uninsured financially needy in our community. This opportunity will also help us reach more individuals and families in need in Dauphin County. And hopefully in the near future, enable us to offer services to an additional county.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their personal involvement. The staff are caring and compassionate individuals who genuinely desire to improve the lives of those in our community however possible.

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Hoep Within Community Health Center

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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