FCFP Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Open House and Grant Announcements

November 01, 2016

100th Anniversary
The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) hosted its eleventh in a series of twelve monthly "Centennial Surprise" gifts to the community on its 100th birthday, Sunday, November 20, 2016, by unwrapping the biggest gift of the year.  The new FCFP Philanthropy Center was opened to the community with a ribbon cutting on the steps at 201 West Fourth Street, Williamsport.
FCFP purchased the former Ross Club in downtown Williamsport to create the FCFP Philanthropy Center. Located on a historically significant corner, the Ross Club is symbolic of the heritage of its community. FCFP has a proud past, and, much like the exterior of the Ross Club, it is important to honor that long and strong history.  The internal workings of the Foundation are progressive and innovative, and the new interior design elements in FCFP’s new home emulate that image while providing state-of-the-art facilities to nonprofits in the region.  Nonprofits will have access to meeting and event space as well as office equipment, a mail center and file storage. These resources are designed to provide nonprofits with a structure that will help contribute to their future success.
In celebration of 100 years of FCFP’s support and partnership with nonprofits, the Foundation awarded two unique grants.  The “Once in a Century Grant” was awarded to the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority. Constructed in 1947, the Williamsport Regional Airport has undertaken four extensive space and safety renovations to improve the current terminal. With the high costs of renovations and the terminal now functionally obsolete, the Airport began a capital project to build a new, state-of-the-art facility. The budget for the new building is over $16M; with committed and pending support from a variety of other funding partners, the Airport was still in need of $1M to complete the project. With the "Once in a Century Grant" the reality of an energy efficient 30,000 square foot terminal will come to fruition.
The "Centennial Grant" was awarded to a nonprofit with a program or project serving residents in Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and/or Union Counties.  Suncom Industries was the recipient of this grant.   Suncom’s promotes socialization and provide vocational training and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities. This $40,000 Centennial Grant will purchase a new handicap accessible van to enhance Suncom’s goal of helping their participants fulfill their greatest potential in their community.
As part of the 2016 centennial celebration, FCFP has unveiled monthly surprise events throughout the year that were free to the public.  In October, FCFP hosted Pennsylvania native and Rock Legend, Bret Michaels for a special one-hour interactive unplugged experience at the Community Arts Center.  Michaels played with students from the Uptown Music Collective and Williamsport Area High School Strolling Strings. The show was free to the public, compliments of FCFP.  FCFP has one more "Centennial Surprise" for December.  More information on upcoming events can be obtained at www.FCFP100.org. 
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