Advancing the free enterprise system through education and by promoting citizenship and leadership.
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, founded in 1990, was organized as a 501(c)(3) corporation exclusively for charitable, educational and cultural purposes. The Foundation provides a mechanism to establish, administer and finance programs to meet the community’s crucial and changing needs in line with the goals of the Chamber of Commerce.
If you have any questions about the Foundation or would like to discuss ways in which you can become involved in its work, please call Ginny Harriger at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or email email@example.com.
Chamber Foundation Initiatives
Since 1985 over 640 area residents have graduated from the LFC Community program. With expanded offerings in 2009 with the addition of our LFC Youth program, we are able to provide more opportunities for leadership skills development to a broader audience.
Designed and delivered by a dedicated base of community volunteer business leaders, our LFC programs provide a unique venue for personal and professional development. LFC steering committees (most members are LFC alumni) deliver these quality programs year after year. Graduates continue to volunteer all over our county and participate in our active LFC Alumni group.
For more information and to apply for any of the Leadership Franklin County programs, click here.
LFC Community is the flagship leadership program with this mission -- “Developing an inclusive continuum of civic leaders engaged in the advancement of the quality of life in Franklin County” Participants are taken through a nine month course where they learn about leadership and their community.
For more information and to apply for the Leadership Franklin County Community program, click here.
LFC Community is sponsored by F&M Trust.
LFC Youth began in 2009 with the mission "To create a community of young people who are actively engaged in responsible, ethical and effective leadership".
Key curriculum components of LFCY include: The Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, Encourage the Heart PLUS learning in public speaking, diversity & inclusion, and service learning in our community.
For more information and to apply for the Leadership Franklin County Youth program, click here.
LFC Youth is sponsored by Wilson College.
LFC Alumni are graduates of our LFC Community program who stay involved in the community long after their class has graduated. LFC Alumni can connect via their LFC Alumni Facebook Group or can learn about other alumni activities by contacting Alumni Committee Chair Michele Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org
LFC Alumni also work with the IceFestPa committee and host the Run Your Ice Off 5k.
Annually, an LFC Alumni of the Year award is given to acknowledge one alumna's accomplishments within the community.
July 1-31, 2020
Scoop-A-Palooza has traditionally been held at Chambersburg Area Senior High School on the second Saturday in July with over 1700 people attending in 2019. Due to the COVID pandemic the 11th Annual Scoop has moved to a virtual platform for the safety of our participants and vendors.
Presented by ACNB Bank, 2020 Scoop will be celebrated the entire month of July - National Ice Cream Month. Scoop will feature a ice cream trail map with 20 regional ice cream vendor stops, a Scoop Kids Virtual Coloring Contest and a LIVE Celebrity Sundae event on Sunday July 19th National Ice Cream Day. Over $1600 in ice cream gift card prizes will be awarded during the Scoop month. The free official Scoop map will be available late June. Check out the Scoop website for more information, how to download the Scoop Ice Cream Trail map and details on how to enter to win prizes!
Thank you to all our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor - ACNB Bank
Scoop Kids Virtual Coloring Contest Sponsor - Orrstown Bank
Scoop Celebrity Sundae Sponsor - Volvo Construction Equipment
Double Scoop Sponsors - Corning Credit Union, Patriot Federal Credit Union, Starr Insurance, Superior Floor Coverings, Your Hometown Real Estate
Single Scoop Sponsors - Corpus Christi Catholic School, DiLoreto, Cosentino & Bolinger P.C., SEK CPAs & Advisors
Baby Scoop Sponsors - Barra Orthodontics, Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club, Franklin County Library System, Shetter Insurance.
If your business is interested in supporting the 2020 Scoop event, please contact the Foundation for more information. All proceeds benefit educational programs throughout Franklin County funded by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.
The Foundation's job board FranklinCountyWorks offers job listings from employers in Franklin County. Chamber members, from all Franklin County Chambers, are eligible for discounted job postings. Small business discounts (for employers with less than 25 employee) are also available. Complete job posting information can be found here.
The Community Education Coalition (CEC) was created in 2015 as a workforce development initiative for Franklin County. The coalition defined a vision "To develop a strong community where all individuals have the opportunity to grow and prosper.
The Community Education Guiding Coalition (CEC) focused on three priority areas and formed three specific groups of focus: Employability, Early Childhood Education, and Well-Being. The Foundation sponsors the CEC Employability group, United Way leads early childhood education efforts and Healthy Franklin County addresses well-being in our community.
CEC - Employability
This Foundation sponsored group is led by Angela Austin of WellSpan and Dr. Michael Doncheski of Penn State Mont Alto. The employability group addresses workforce development concerns from grade 3 through retirement. The group partners with the Franklin County Career and Technology Center to hold a career exploration expo prior to the middle school open house at the school each March, and hosts an annual high school business challenge, and further promotes workforce development thru grants like Educators in the Workplace.
The Franklin County High School Business Challenge
The Franklin County High School Business Challenge encourages area high school students to create their own fictional, yet profitable and sustainable business plans. This task allows students to use both creative thinking and critical analysis skills in establishing plans for a sustainable enterprise that are socially and environmentally responsible and financially effective.
Plans are evaluated by area business leaders, and finalists are invited to pitch their plans at the Franklin County High School Business Challenge event in April 2020 at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center. Scholarship dollars are awarded to the top three highest scoring teams. The Franklin County High School Business Challenge allows students and business people to be actively engaged in each other’s worlds.
In today’s world there is a new market for businesses that are socially responsible, environmentally conscious and economically viable. The Franklin County High School Business Challenge invites teams of student entrepreneurs to develop and pitch business plans for sustainable enterprise they believe would meet the criteria, best serve the region and its residents, and financially succeed in Franklin County, Pa.
Each business proposal must address and embrace the principles of triple bottom-line sustainability: people, planet and profit. All proposed plans will be evaluated to determine which company could generate the largest and quickest return on investment, create the newest jobs in the region, and operate in a socially impactful and environmentally conscious way.
Written business plans will be evaluated by members of the members of the Chambersburg Chamber Foundation’s Community Education Coalition. Judging criteria will be based on:
Ingenuity shown in the selection of a business and target market
Thoroughness and completeness of the plan
Integration of triple bottom-line sustainability
Accuracy of the research provided.
Final judging and selection of the Challenge winner will be via oral presentations (pitching of proposals like on the TV show Shark Tank), judged by a panel of local business leaders. Judges will consider teams’ business plans, their overall proposal pitches and the way students respond to judges’ extemporaneous questions during presentations.
Scholarship prizes will be awarded to the top three highest-scoring team. First place wins $750, second place wins $500 and third place wins $250
Franklin County High School Business Challenge is presented by the CADC and these sponsors:
Franklin County High School Business Challenge Winners:
2018: Greencastle-Antrim High School: AssemBuild - Collin Griffin, Matthew Lynerd, Clare Hudak
2017: Greencastle-Antrim High School: Grean Bag - Collin Griffin, Matthew Lynerd, Nick Starkey, Austin Straley, Dylan Starkey
Technology Innovation Challenge Grants for Educators
Technology grants for teachers in Franklin County public schools are awarded annually to encourage the innovative use of technology in grades K-12. The Foundation offers the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants to educators in all public school districts thanks to contributions from area businesses.
Contributing businesses are eligible for Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). As an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO), the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation partners with area businesses to provide these grant dollars.
Educator in the Workplace
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation was excited to partner with Chambersburg Area School District for the 2018-2019 school year to provide CASD educators the opportunity to internship/job shadow with area businesses and implementing information gained in classroom curriculum. 20+ educators participated in this important program. A Showcase event was held in April 2019 to highlight the year long program.
Sunday February 2, 2020
LFC Alumni Committee hosted the 2020 IceFestPa 'Run Your Ice Off" 5K on Sunday Feb. 2, 2020. The race is one of the final events of IceFest, the largest community event in Chambersburg. Beginning right through the middle of the festival down Main Street, the Run Your Ice Off 5k is a refreshing way to end the 4 day festival.
Proceeds from the 5k benefit IceFest, Leadership Franklin County Alumni Scholarship and Relay for Life.
Thank you to our 2020 race sponsors:
Race Sponsor - Rotary Club of Chambersburg
Mile Marker Sponsors - Rodney B. Smith Plumbing Heating & Cooling, Kristian Frank - Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor
Supporting Sponsors - ACNB Bank, Organic Remedies PA. Brad Etchberger, CPA
Sponsor - Michael A. Starr Insurance
Foundation Board of Directors 2020
Robin Russell, President - Manpower
Dr. Michael Doncheski, Past President - Penn State Mont Alto
Crystal Lautenslager, Secretary - Chambersburg Area School District
Rebecca Holder, Treasurer - Orrstown Bank
Angela Austin - WellSpan Health
Dan Baer - ACNB Bank
Teresa Beckner - Franklin County Government
Karen Johnston - Healthy Community Partnerships
Greg Meyers - Superior Floorcoverings & Kitchens, LLC
Shane Shatzley - JLG Industries
Kevin Stouffer- SEK CPAs & Advisors
Colin Swain - M&T Bank
Virginia Harriger - Executive Director, Chamber Foundation