Adams County Community Foundation was established in 2007 as a Pennsylvania corporation to succeed the Adams County Foundation which for 22 years had operated as a trust-based community foundation. The Community Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) organization.
The purpose of the Adams County Community Foundation is to inspire people and communities to build and distribute charitable funds for Good, for Adams County, for Ever. After one year of operation, the Community Foundation had acquired nine funds established by individual people or families, members of the Board of Directors, groups of business people, a local charity and by a visionary patriot from the 1700’s. The Community Foundation’s assets are managed by an investment manager and consultant, hired by the Board and overseen by the Investment & Finance Committee. From these investments, grants are distributed to local charities through several competitive grantmaking and scholarship application opportunities . With a 20 member Board of Directors, Adams County Community Foundation serves as a good steward of the monies of our donors and demonstrates accountability, transparency, confidentiality, compassion, inclusiveness and excellence in its work.
Across the country, community foundations offer their citizens an opportunity to become philanthropists, investing in causes they care about with certain assurances. They are assured that the charitable fund they create will be permanent and will forever meet the needs that are relevant to their original intent and the communities’ needs. They are assured that the community foundation will be good stewards of their charitable investments, selecting and maintaining good fund managers at reasonable cost with performance benchmarks in place. Because it is the community foundation’s responsibility to know the community, donors are also assured that only qualified charities will receive grants and that the grants they receive will be used for the good purposes for which they were intended. Finally, donors are assured that their name or the name of a loved one will live on through their fund.
Adams County Community Foundation is the successor to Adams County Foundation, an organization founded in 1985 when a group of members led by Jack Phillips inspired their Rotary Club of Gettysburg to action. Adams County Foundation operated for 22 years. During that time the Foundation acquired six separate Charitable Funds totaling $500,000 and distributed $120,000 to Adams County charities.
Adams County Community Foundation is committed to transparency in our operations. Please visit our Financials and Accountability page for our IRS 990 Tax Information Form and other reports