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Greater Harrisburg Foundation postpones 2014 discretionary grantmaking

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The Greater Harrisburg Foundation announced today that it has postponed its 2014 discretionary grantmaking until further notice.

The GHF is one of six regional foundations of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, which stressed that all its other regional foundations and other granting funds will make discretionary grants as usual in 2014. Those include the Franklin County Foundation, Family and Children Services of Lebanon County, Marty Sacks, Mechanicsburg Area Foundation, Perry County Community Foundation, The Kids Trust, Whitaker Fund for Science and Math, and Women's Fund.

“The money is not going away,” Janice Black, president and CEO of TFEC, said of the GHF discretionary grantmaking. “It’s still being given out. It’s just not being given out right now.”

Discretionary grantmaking refers to grants that are made in response to nonprofit proposals for funding.

TFEC said in a news release that it strives to serve its five-county region as effectively as possible and that in light of that goal and after serious thought, its board has agreed to make substantial changes to the GHF discretionary grantmaking process for the betterment of the program.

"These changes will not be made lightly, or without great consideration," TFEC said. "In line with wishing to enhance the discretionary grantmaking program overall, TFEC will be spending time and resources in 2014 working with a consultant to ensure that changes made will only enhance GHF's discretionary grantmaking – with the goal of increasing the amount of each grant made and streamlining the process. In lieu of the time that needs to be spent ensuring that any changes made do not hinder the process or add to the burden of our regional nonprofits, the Greater Harrisburg Foundation has decided to postpone 2014 discretionary grantmaking until further notice. It is our goal to announce a new, better, more effective and efficient discretionary grantmaking program for 2015."

"As you may be aware, we emphasize impact in the community and encourage collaboration in our grant applications; this process will permit GHF to hold ourselves to the same standard and ensure our discretionary grantmaking program provides for the greatest impact on our five county region as a whole," TFEC said.

According to its website, TFEC as a whole distributed almost $5.1 million in grants and program services in 2012. A TFEC spokesman said GHF distributed just under $181,000 in discretionary grantmaking in 2013.

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