Our History

Photo provided by Monroe County Historical Association.  View of Stroudsburg from Highland Dell Road

We had a dream...

Over a decade ago the idea of a Community Foundation for Monroe County was born to a small group of influential and forward-thinking local Monroe County citizens.  It took many years, as dreams often do, to come to fruition.

In 2021 the Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC), an affiliate of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, joined the effort and progress was made.  NCAC leveraged $60,000 in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and with the support of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, helped recruit local leaders to develop a founders committee. NCAC utilized $60,000 as a cash match to secure the funding to develop a board of directors, articles of incorporation, bylaws, logo, mission and vision statements, strategic plan, website and marketing materials. Remaining funds were used to provide initial funding for a part-time Executive Director. The law firm of Myers Brier & Kelly, LLP donated legal services to the worthwhile effort.

Funds have been committed by various local private foundations and the dream of a Community Foundation of Monroe County is becoming a reality.   Now we need the support of so many other large and small donors to help this Foundation start helping our community!