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Major Donors

Laura and John Arnold
The Erie Community Foundation
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Good Words Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
Henry L. Hillman Foundation
Lancaster County Community Foundation
H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
PennLive/The Patriot-News
The Philadelphia Foundation
The Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust
Richard Williams
The Snider Foundation
The Steinman Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
York County Community Foundation

Founding Donors

  • Jodi Abel
  • Nell McCormack Abom
  • Richard Abraham
  • Steven C. Adams
  • Elizabeth Ann Allen
  • Gail Alu
  • Helen Andrews
  • Oscar Armas-Luy
  • Stephen Artman
  • David Ashton
  • Susan Auchincloss
  • David Auel
  • J. Bader
  • Kathleen Baker
  • Whitney Baldwin
  • John William Ball
  • Chris Bastress
  • Kenneth Baumert
  • Brian Baxter
  • Christopher Baxter
  • Mark Bazrod
  • Barry Bedrick
  • Dorothea Behr
  • Ron Beitler
  • Sigal Ben
  • Stanley Berard
  • L.J. Bernard
  • R. Thomas Berner
  • Rita Bernstein & Alan Zuckerman
  • Robert Joseph Biller
  • Gorden Blain
  • William Blando
  • Shelly Bloom
  • David Bohanick
  • Suzanne Bonamici
  • Jeffrey L. Braff
  • Merrill & Nancy Brenner
  • D. Brooks
  • Gay Brown
  • James D. Brown
  • Lisa Budwig
  • Theresa Buehner
  • Byron Butcher
  • Heidi Butler
  • J.L. Byrne & C.M. Hersh
  • Stacey C. Cahn
  • Charles Cairns
  • Andrew Candor
  • Joseph L. Carbo
  • Mireille Carigi
  • Nicholas W. Carosella
  • Richard Carroll
  • Ashleigh Graf Casassa
  • Marguerite Chandler
  • Bonnie Chang
  • Patrick Christmas
  • Frank Cicchiello
  • Dr. Dane S. Claussen
  • Jeff Cogshall
  • Robin Connelly
  • John & Joy Burt Conti
  • John M. Corcoran Esq.
  • J. Cordingley
  • Douglas and Laurel Costa
  • R. Cotlar
  • Brett Cott
  • Chris Coyle
  • Lauren Cristella
  • Karen Crosby
  • Gregory Csikos
  • Jennifer Cunningham
  • Joan Daniels
  • Julie Daye
  • Fred Dedrick
  • Connie & Terry Dellmuth
  • Mike Del Vacchio
  • Fran DeMillion
  • Barry DeSantis
  • Jay S. Detwiler
  • Michael DiNunzio
  • Earl Drumheiser
  • Stephen Duncan
  • Edwin Dunckley
  • E. Eckerle
  • Liam Elder-Connors
  • Dianne Elderkin
  • Joseph Elias
  • Margaret Emery
  • Mary Erdman
  • Lisa Ernst
  • E. Margaret Eshleman
  • Russ Eshleman
  • Rosa & Alberto Esquenazi
  • Frank Evelhoch II
  • C. Fairchild
  • James Falls
  • J. Fauls
  • B. Faulstick
  • T. Fehr
  • Adelaide Ferguson & Ronald Cahan
  • Art Feinberg
  • David Fiedler
  • Ezra Fishman & Nicola Brodie
  • Thomas Flocco
  • Barbara Forbes-Rhouni
  • Rebecca & Ari Forman
  • Leroy Forney
  • Sara Forster
  • Daniel Fraccica
  • Susannah Frame
  • Barbara Francis
  • Bruce P. Frassinelli
  • Kimberly Freeman
  • Gary French
  • Jim Friedlich & Melissa Stern
  • Ryan Froman
  • Isla Fruchter
  • Greg Fullam
  • Anthony Gabriel
  • Kate & Alan Gardner
  • John Gaynard
  • Anne & Walt Geiger
  • Barbara Geistwhite
  • Michael George
  • Nicholas Giordano
  • Stephen M. Glynn
  • Denise Gmerek
  • Jennifer Goettner
  • Tamara Goldman
  • Ellen Goodman
  • Ralf Rundgren Graves
  • John F. Graybill
  • Brent Groce
  • Mark Gudalis
  • Scott Guiser
  • Francis Hackett
  • Frank Hadden
  • Beverly Hahn
  • Robert Haines
  • David Hakes
  • B.A. Hamilton
  • Karen Hamm
  • Mimi Hanks-Bell
  • Don Hannum
  • T. Hechler
  • Kevin M. Hepler, MD
  • Grace E. Herstine
  • Connie Hester
  • Clint Heverly
  • J. Hirt
  • Bob Hoover
  • Louise Horan
  • Avram Hornik
  • Kristen Houser
  • Stephen R. Hughes
  • Richard Hurst
  • Irv Hurwitz
  • Lynda Hutton
  • Sharon Hyde
  • Robert M. Hynosky
  • Annette E. Inker
  • Casey & Kristen Irvine
  • Evelyn Ishmael
  • Irina Ivanova
  • Stephen Ivey
  • Arlene Jarett
  • Eric Jurgensen
  • Peter Johnstone
  • Carol Jones
  • Denise Kalp
  • Rasesh Kapadia
  • Karen M. Kaplan & Aaron M. Shatzman
  • P. Katze
  • Jane Kauer & David Fleece
  • Paul Keller
  • Alan Kennedy
  • Diana Kerr
  • Dave Kestner
  • Cathy King
  • Frank Kirkwood
  • Harold G. Kohn
  • Nina B. Korsh
  • Joseph Kraher
  • Stan & Maryann Kramer
  • Diana Krantz
  • Ian Krantz
  • Tina Kuhlman
  • Kevin Kuhn
  • Steven Kuloszewski
  • Kathryn Labrum, Esq.
  • J. Lai
  • John Lambert
  • Dennis & Lana Landon
  • Marianne Larkin
  • Tim & Mary Larson
  • Martin Laufe
  • B. Lauridsen & G. Harke
  • Lora Lavin
  • Patricia Leach
  • Jamie Lemon & Steve Cline
  • Stephen J. Lipnichan
  • Sue Livio
  • Nancy Lloyd
  • Anne C. Loeffler
  • David Loomis
  • Janet M. Lorenz
  • Daniel Lynch
  • Matt Lyon
  • T. Machado
  • James J. Maguire
  • Ed Mahon
  • Lelah Marie
  • David Martens/The York Dispatch
  • Meg Martin & Peter Cox
  • Arlene Martinez
  • William H. Maruca
  • Donna & Jack McCallum
  • Mary McComsey
  • Claudia C. McGill
  • Michele McGovern
  • Evie McNiff
  • K. Melton
  • Keith G. Melville
  • Jules J. Mermelstein
  • Myles Miller
  • Larry Miller
  • Jennifer & Dave Mittereder
  • Jacqueline Monturano
  • Lee Mooney
  • Ryan Morden
  • Bruce Morris & Colleen Gallagher
  • P.F. Moyer
  • Toni Moyer
  • Kenneth R. Nealon
  • James Neff
  • B. Nelson
  • M. Noel
  • Marty O’Brien
  • Robert O’Donnell
  • Ellen Ormond
  • Dennis Owens
  • Ronald Ozio
  • William Paci
  • David & Roxanne Palmer
  • Leanora Paniccia
  • J. Parsons
  • Meaghan, Alok & Sachin Pattani
  • Lydia Pecker
  • Mark Pecker
  • Ann Pehle
  • Amy L. Perez
  • J. Persinger
  • Rick Piper
  • Donald Powell
  • Laura Powers
  • Noah Price
  • Lois Prytherch
  • Theresa M. Rang
  • Mark Raymond
  • Peter Reilly
  • John Rhoades
  • Ralph Riedel
  • Eric Riese
  • David Robertson
  • Edward T. Rodgers
  • Lou Romito
  • Mary Catherine Roper
  • Tina Rosenberg
  • David R. Ross
  • Marc Ross
  • Lynn Fryman Rothman & Michael Rothman, MD
  • Robert Ruff Jr.
  • Edwin Rund
  • Gary Ryan
  • Benedict X. Saia
  • David and Ben Salkin
  • Nicholas Sanders
  • John Sandy
  • C. Sarnoski
  • Robert & Judith Schachner
  • Leslie Schlessinger
  • Paul Schmitt
  • Jennifer Schnore
  • Carl Schoenberg & Susan York
  • Anthony J. Seigafuse
  • Pat Sellers
  • Bradley Seltzer
  • Milton Shapiro
  • David S. Share
  • Kimberley Shore
  • Darrin Silbaugh
  • Ira Silberman & Marilyn Kutler
  • Barry Shutt
  • Claudia H. Siegel
  • Josh Singer
  • Robert Smith
  • Sallie K. Smith
  • Lucas Smolcic Larson
  • Susan Spaziani & John Williamson
  • Michael Sperger
  • Anthony Spisto
  • Christopher Spratt
  • Joseph Stefens
  • John Stenger
  • Bob Stewart
  • Harriet Stone
  • Thomas Stone
  • Nicole Stranko
  • Sean P. Sullivan
  • Freda Tepfer
  • R. Thomas
  • Irene Tierney
  • M. Tillger
  • JJ Tiziou
  • Charles Topper
  • Karen Hale Toth
  • Thomas L. Toth
  • Debbie Trudeau
  • Margaret Turcich
  • Walter C. Uhler
  • Joseph C. Vignola
  • Fred Vodde
  • Russ Walker
  • John Wall
  • Hannah Walsh
  • Karen Weaver
  • Koert Wehberg, Esq.
  • Raymond Weinmann Jr.
  • C. Wentzel
  • Rhonda White
  • Talia Wiener
  • Richard Williams
  • A. Withrow
  • Deborah Wolfe
  • George Wolff
  • Margaret Wren
  • Francis Wynne
  • Dr. Bob Yapsuga
  • Tracy Yeomans
  • Jerry Young
  • Karen Young
  • Rick Young
  • Sherley Young
  • Matt Zencey
  • Gerald Zubkoff