Since 1968, the Clinton County Community Foundation has had a quiet yet remarkable history.
The Foundation began with the kindness of Clinton County citizen Jean Sharp Rempe, a records librarian at the Lock Haven Hospital. She gave $43,000 in memory of her late husband, Robert, to inaugurate the Foundation. Since that time many Clinton County residents have followed in Jean Sharp Rempe's footsteps and through their generous and consistent donations have augmented the initial contribution to now over $7,500,000 in total assets.
Because of this generosity, the Clinton County Community Foundation, Inc. has been a positive force for the future. Income from the Foundation assets have helped improve Clinton County by benefiting youth groups, libraries, the elderly, special needs children, medical and fire groups and museums
Here are a few highlights of the benefits this community received from the Clinton County Community Foundation, Inc.:
- Since 1968, $1,583,289 in grants has been approved to benefit youth. This includes $239,892 for the Infant Development Program and $138,500 for the Clinton County Camp Cadet Program.
- Since 1968, $471,716 in grants has been approved for local libraries including Friendship Community Center, Beech Creek and the Renovo Branch of the Ross Library.
- Approved grants to emergency medical and fire teams have totaled $729,524. Included in this figure are $200,313 to Bucktail Medical Center and $72,077 for the Citizens Hose Co. of South Renovo Borough.
- In its effort to sustain the infrastructure of this community's arts, the Foundation has approved for the Millbrook Playhouse over $453,287.
- Since 1968 the total approved grants to not-for-profit organizations have exceeded $5,600,000.
- Over $229,000 in new gifts were made to the Foundation in 2017.
- In 2018 because of the strong support that the Foundation has received, we were able to award over $287,000 to Clinton County not-for-profit organizations.
Change has come to our country and community. The Clinton County Community Foundation, Inc. has echoed many of our society's transformations.
One of the changes our Foundation has adopted is a more democratic and diverse approach to its governance. Once governed by a board of seven, your Foundation is now governed by a board of fourteen, representing a broader array of Clinton County constituencies. With a broader group of leaders, we hope to become a more responsive, knowledgeable and effective Foundation. We also hope to widen the inspiration of giving to make Clinton County a better place for all of us.
We have also established guidelines for named funds. These permanent funds are to memorialize the Donor or the Donor's loved ones. Initial funding must be at $25,000. Eternal distributions from these funds may be either for general charitable purposes of for Donor designated charitable purposes such as a college scholarship, maintaining a church building or library, funding drama at the Millbrook Playhouse or recreational programs at the Lock Haven Area YMCA and the Western Clinton Recreational Facility in Renovo Borough. For more information on how you can set up a permanent charitable fund named after you or a loved family member call the Foundation office at 570-748-2481.
We hope you enjoy reading about how far we have come and will consider how the Clinton County Community Foundation, Inc. can help you reach out to provide a better future for all our residents.
The Clinton County Community Foundation, Inc. - a Legacy of Hope for Today and Tomorrow.