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2016-2017 Giving Spree Book now available for download! Click here!

Save the Date! The 2016 Giving Spree date has been set - Tuesday, November 15 from 4-6:30.

IRA Charitable Rollover is permanent. Learn more...

Update! The 2015 Giving Spree was an amazing success.  $251,161 was returned to non profit organizations serving Adams County residents. Watch for information about the 2016 Giving Spree.

Nov 20, 2015 For Immediate Release - STAND FOR ADAMS COUNTY. . . PASS A BUDGET NOW, Gettysburg, PA. On Monday, November 23, the PA budget impasse enters its 146th day. What that means to Adams County non-profits and school districts, indeed, non-profit organizations and school districts across PA is that since July 1, no state funding has been provided to support the operations and services they provide. In many instances the State is also holding Federal money that is typically passed through the State to non-profit organizations. Read the full Press Release

May 1, 2014 - When you shop, AmazonSmile gives. For every purchase you make on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the qualifying purchase price to Adams County Community Foundation, Inc. Search and purchase hundreds of the same products and same prices you love on Amazon, while supporting our charitable organization. Start shopping to donate.

Adams County Community Foundation announces its Grant-making support to the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust. Our professional staff will be guiding the Advisory Committee of the Trust in their 2014 Grant Rounds this season. Organizations wishing to apply for a grant from the Hoffman Trust may access the Grant Proposal Packet for the Hoffman Trust on this website in RECEIVE. Adams County Community Foundation looks forward to a dynamic relationship with Hoffman. Spread the word and “Like” us on Linked In If you approve.

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Please visit the new Adams County Dollars for Scholars website! A user-friendly way to help students in the community access more local and nation-wide 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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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 Foundation is a public charity that the IRS has determined to be a 501(c)(3) organization.

The purpose of this 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 foundation has acquired nine funds established by individual people or families, members of the Foundations Board of Directors, groups of business people, a local charity and by a visionary patriot from the 1700s. The Foundations assets are managed by a professional investment company hired by the Board of Directors and overseen by the Foundations 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.

Historically, and across the United States, 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 the donors interests and the communities needs. They are assured that the 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 Foundations 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 Foundation provides its 2012 filing of the 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.

2015 Board of Directors

Ronald E. Bailey Orrtanna, PA Independent Insurance Bruce Bigelow Gettysburg, PA Consulting Darlene Brown Gettysburg, PA Non-Profit Executive Loni Buck Gettysburg, PA Transportation Industry J. Mark Cropp Gettysburg, PA Consulting Matt Crowner Gettysburg, PA Information Technology Kenneth Farabaugh Fairfield, PA Insurance John Fofanah Gettysburg, PA Environmental/Safety Management Cynthia Ford Gettysburg, PA Media/Communications Terrence Gingrow Hanover, PA Banking, Retired Stacey Green Gettysburg, PA Hospitality Dr. Frederick Guinn Hanover, PA Education, Retired Charles Hockley Gettysburg, PA Insurance Dr. Walton Jones Gettysburg, PA Education, Retired James Kampstra Fayetteville, PA Investment Management Sharon Magraw Gettysburg, PA Manufacturing/Private Foundation Judi McGee Gettysburg, PA Banking Larry Musselman Gettysburg, PA Accounting Alan Kim Patrono Gettysburg, PA Law Alice Paxson Gettysburg, PA Hospitality John S. Phillips Gettysburg, PA Law Gianna Sullivan Fairfield, PA Healthcare Col(Ret)Duane Williams Fairfield, PA Owner/Consultant

Barbara B. Ernico, President

Jack W. Phillips, Director Emeritus



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