Adams County Community Foundation

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In July, during "The Big Give" the Adams County Community Foundation awarded grants through its annual competitive grants program to 33 organizations totaling $127,913.

The next deadline for the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust grant applications will be January 15, 2018.

Please visit the new Adams County Dollars for Scholars website A user-friendly way to help students access more local and nationwide scholarships.


Mr. Jones owned and operated furniture factories in both Adams and York Counties. He created the M. C. Jones Foundation, a private entity devoted to benefitting the local community. After his son, Philip M. Jones, a trustee of the M. C. Jones Foundation, had retired from business life, he offered the corpus of the M. C. Jones Foundation to Adams County Foundation. To give to this fund or to find out more about the many different funds available, click here.

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For more information about the different available funds, click here.

The Adams County Community Foundation was established in October of 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 charity that the IRS has determined to be a 501(c)(3) organization.

The purpose of this 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 has 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 ommunity foundation's assets are managed by a professional investment company hired by the Board and overseen by the Investment & Finance Committee. From these funds, distribution of grants is made to qualified, local charities who demonstrate that they are meeting community needs. With a 16 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 fund will be permanent and will forever meet the needs that are relevant to donor intent and the communities’ needs. They are assured that the Community Foundation will be good stewards of the funds, selecting and maintaining good fund managers at reasonable cost with performance bench marks 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 (6) Funds totaling $500,000 and distributed $120,000 to Adams County charities.

Adams County Community Foundation is committed to transparency in our operations. In keeping with this commitment, the Community Foundation provides its 990 Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, a public document submitted to the US Department of Treasury, IRS, each year as a record of our charitable business.

2017 Board of Directors

Terrence (Terry) Gingrow
Hanover, PA
Banking, Retired

Loni Buck
Vice Chair
Gettysburg, PA
Transportation Industry

Sharon Magraw
Gettysburg, PA
Community Philanthtropist

James Kampstra
Fayetteville, PA
Investment Management

Ronald E. Bailey
Orrtanna, PA
Independent Insurance

Bruce Bigelow
Gettysburg, PA

J. Mark Cropp
Gettysburg, PA

Matt Crowner
Gettysburg, PA
Information Technology

Kenneth Farabaugh
Fairfield, PA
Insurance, retired

Rich Finkenbiner, CPA
New Oxford, PA

John Fofanah
Gettysburg, PA
Environmental/Safety Management

Anne Gallon
Gettysburg, PA
Community Member

Stacey Green
Gettysburg, PA

Judi McGee
Gettysburg, PA
Banking, retired

Alan Kim Patrono
Gettysburg, PA

Alice Paxson
Gettysburg, PA

John S. Phillips
Gettysburg, PA

Emily Rice-Townsend
Gettysburg, PA

Rupal Shah
Gettysburg, PA
Community Member

Col. Duane Williams
Fairfield, PA

Ralph M. Serpe, CFRE
President & CEO

Jack W. Phillips
Director Emeritus