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Dart Foundation

The Dart Foundation considers requests from tax qualified organizations for projects that support:

  • PreK-12 Public Education, with an emphasis on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, including career and technical education programs
  • Community Services, especially those that improve the quality of life in identified communities: Leola and Lancaster

We prefer to see projects that:

  • Fund equipment, building improvements, supplies, materials and other tangible needs
  • Reach a broad segment of the community
  • Have multiple sources of funding

Involve collaboration between multiple organizations to increase impact and avoid redundancy of services advanced by organizations that have a successful track record of at least three years and a plan for sustaining the project after the initial grant period

  • Priorities: The mission of the Dart Foundation is to advance and encourage youth education, primarily in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We also support projects that strengthen and improve the quality of life in numerous identified com
  • Typical Gift Range: Between $2,000 and $5,000. Contact before submitting grant application in excess of $5,000.
  • Funding Deadlines: Quarterly deadlines: February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15
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Dermody Properties Foundation

Dermody Properties believes in corporate philanthropy. Corporate financial institutions help to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community. We have chosen to support and sustain organizations that focus on the arts, education and the family, with special emphasis on children, the elderly, the disabled, substance abuse and the homeless. Corporate contributions are made possible by the hard work and dedication of all the employees at Dermody Properties. The Dermody Properties Foundation is a charitable organization established by the employees of Dermody Properties to benefit the citizens of the communities in which we do business.

Funding Guidelines

The foundation staff strives to evaluate requests in a timely and efficient manner. To ensure this, please make certain that each grant request includes a copy of the following:

  • Completed one-page grant request application
  • IRS verification of 501 (c) (3) status
  • Board of Directors list
  • Current operating budget

Grants typically range from $500 to $3,000.

Please apply using the online application. 

Applications are available beginning in June and all requests for funding must be submitted online by August 1st of each year.

If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact Carol Martin, Foundation Administrator, at cmartin@dermody.com.

  • Phone: 973-387-8460
  • Priorities: Organizations that focus on the arts, education, the family, children, elderly, disabled, homeless, or those with substance abuse
  • Typical Gift Range: $500-$3,000
  • Funding Deadlines: August 1
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Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation was established by Mr. and Mrs. Stabler in 1966 exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.

The Foundation makes grants to:

  • Post-secondary educational institutions and parochial or church-related schools that are not operated or controlled by the government
  • Nonprofit hospitals or medical facilities that are not operated or controlled by the government
  • Private organizations and institutions that provide services and/or assistance to persons who are mentally, physically or developmentally challenged, persons suffering from drug or alcohol abuse, the aged, and the poor
  • Religious institutions and social service organizations that seek to preserve and instill traditional moral and ethical values, respect for family, concern for others, self-reliance and a productive life.

Generally, grants are only made to organizations and institutions that are located, or provide their primary services, in central and/or eastern Pennsylvania.

The Foundation may provide assistance only to organizations that are exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

No grants will be made to individuals, and no grants will be made to organizations for purposes of propaganda, lobbying, attempting to influence legislation, or for participating in political campaigns.

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The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation
213 Market St, 12th floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101

  • Phone: 717-231-6639 | Fax: 717-238-1080
  • Priorities: Educational institutions, parochial or church related schools, and non-profit hospitals or medical facilities that are not operated or controlled by the government
  • Funding Deadlines: February 5, 2021 (cutoff for receipt is January 7, 2021), May 20, 2021 (cutoff for receipt is April 22, 2021), August 19, 2021 (cutoff for receipt is July 22, 2021), November 18, 2021 (cutoff for receipt is October 21, 2021)
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Ephrata Area Education Foundation

The mission of the Ephrata Area Education Foundation is a dedication to inspiring achievement, supporting innovation, and offering opportunities ​for ALL children in the Ephrata Area School District.

The Ephrata Area Education Foundation is a non-profit organization funded by gifts from retired teachers, district parents, alumni, community leaders, and other donors. Founded in 2004, the foundation provides innovative educational materials, programs, and trips aimed to inspire all Ephrata Area School District students to reach new heights. The foundation strives to engage and excite learners by inspiring achievement, supporting innovation, and offering opportunities through the foundation’s signature programs and venture grants.

Angela M. Trout, Executive Director

  • Phone: 717-517-0539
  • Priorities: Venture Grants, EITC, Signature Programs
  • Typical Gift Range: Maximum $1,000
  • Funding Deadlines: February 28
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We fund programs that deliver measurable, sustainable improvements in the communities we serve. We invest in organizations that have proven track records in these areas:

  • Building Exelon’s Future Workforce: Programs that encourage students to stay in school and develop their full potential, promote math and science, improve workforce skills, and encourage personal development through scholarships, mentoring and internships.

  • Energy Empowerment in Our Communities: Programs that improve the quality of our environment; promote environmental education, conservation and preservation; develop cleaner sources of energy; protect endangered species; and beautify neighborhoods.

  • Equal Access to Arts and Culture: Cultural institutions with broad public exposure and programs designed to make arts and culture more accessible to a wider and more diverse audience.

  • Enrichment Through Local Vitality: We support a wide range of nonprofit organizations that support individuals and families most in need through our Employee Engagement programs, including our Employee Giving Campaign, Matching Gifts. and Dollars for Doers.  We also make a limited number of contributions in this area with strategic partners such as local United Way chapters in the communities we serve.
Guidelines For Applying:
  • Exelon awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities where our employees and customers live and work.
  • Exelon provides grants to 501(c)3 organizations, not individuals.

  • Grants are awarded only to organizations that do not discriminate based on religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

  • Grants are only available to organizations that have not received one from Exelon or any subsidiaries within the past 12 months.

  • We will not provide support to organizations that, in their constitution or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS status or religious belief

In 2018, 83% of our contributions supported organizations, programs or events are consistent with our diversity and inclusion initiatives.​​

If you are new here, please send an email with a description of your nonprofit organization & programs to ExelonCorporateContributions@exeloncorp.com, and we will get back to you within six weeks. If you have been invited to apply for a program grant or event sponsorship, please click here for more information.

  • Phone: 800-483-3220
  • Priorities: Education, environment, arts and culture, neighborhood development
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The Nonprofit Resource Network (NRN) provides this short list of grant makers located in the South Central PA Region. Our purpose is to provide a quick glimpse of what you need to know before approaching these organizations for funding: 1) Funding Priorities; 2) Application Deadlines and 3) Typical Gift Range. Clicking on any one of our entries will take you directly to that grant maker’s website.


The NRN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, natural origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age or disabled status in any of our programs or activities.

Thus, though we include all grant makers that meet our posting criteria, we do not endorse or assume responsibility/liability for the any of their funding policies.

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