Have you ever wanted to win $10,000 for a charitable cause that is particularly close to your heart? Well, now is your chance.
The 102-year-old Harrisburg-based philanthropic organization The Community Enhancement Foundation is running a contest and campaign asking people to think about what motivates them and the causes that matter most to them. They can submit their application stating what their cause is and why it is important to them to www.tfec.org/spark.
The Spark winner! competition will appoint and establish a TFEC Area of Interest Fund. The fund will allow donors to support a broad area of interest, such as the environment, arts and culture or education. The TFEC Grantmaking Committee will then award grants to nonprofit organizations in the area of interest through a competitive application process. Grants will be awarded to support a non-profit organization in TFEC’s service area of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry counties as well as the Dillsburg area.
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Submissions are accepted until June 30. All verified entries will be open to the public to vote during the month of July. The top five finalists with the most votes will advance to the closing round where the public will vote between August 5 and August 31. The winner will be announced on September 7.
“The word “philanthropy” is stigmatized. Many assume it is only reserved for a specific type of person, someone with a certain wealth and stature,” TFEC President and CEO Janice Black said in a press release. “Our vision in creating Spark! is to break down these misconceptions and show members of our communities that anyone can be a philanthropist and anyone can make a difference.