A New Vision for Charitable Giving in Carbon County
Join us for the 3rd annual meeting and grants program for the 20/20 Circle. We’ll hear from three Carbon County nonprofits about the projects they are hoping to accomplish.
Following the presentations, 20/20 Circle members will vote to decide which project will be awarded a grant of $3,500!
The event is free and you don’t need to be a 20/20 Circle member to attend. If you’re interested in learning more, please join us and meet other members, the Foundation staff, and board members.
**We are seeking current 20/20 Circle members who would like to volunteer to review applications from area nonprofits to pick the three who will present at our annual meeting. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sharon Alexander at email@example.com or 610-730-2526.**
What is the 20/20 Circle?
The 20/20 Circle Fund is made up of individuals and businesses working together to increase their impact in the community by pooling their philanthropic dollars. Members make a one-time contribution of $1,000 to the 20/20 Circle Fund, which is invested and grows year after year. 20/20 Circle members meet annually to hear from the most promising organizations and projects serving the Carbon County region and decide which project to fund as a group (one vote for each membership).
The goal is for 250 community members to pledge a one-time donation of $1,000 to create the 20/20 Circle Fund. Once the goal is met, Carbon County will have a permanently endowed fund of $250,000 from which we can award up to $10,000* in grants per year, forever. Donors become lifetime members, receive an invitation to an annual event, and help award grants from the 20/20 Circle Fund to the most promising qualified charitable projects in our community.
Here's how it works:
Community Members Donate
A business or individual membership is obtained by a $1,000 donation. Donations can be paid over time as needed. (For example, $250 per year over 4 years)
Donors may choose to purchase multiple memberships and, if they wish, designate the additional votes to others (a spouse or other family member, employees, partners, etc.)
Community Members Vote on Projects
Members meet annually to hear from promising charitable organizations in the region selected through a competitive application process overseen by a volunteer committee staffed from the 20/20 Circle.
After a brief summary from each nonprofit, members vote and award up to $10,000* to the selected project. Click here for the 2021 grant award.
Our Community Benefits
By pooling our 20/20 membership donations for the annual grant award, we can give more to the causes that matter most and have the greatest impact, year after year. Over time, the committee can shape the awards process to adapt to the ever-changing needs of Carbon County. Once you and other members build it, the Community Foundation ensures that this fund is here to benefit Carbon County forever.
Thank You to Our 20/20 Circle Members!
Sharon & Zach Alexander
|Lehigh Valley Health Network
LE Williams Printing, LLC
Dr. Sue Ann Lewine
James & Vikki Mann
Dr. Michael & Melissa Martinez
Joseph Mastriani, CPA, (Buckno Lisicky)
Dr. Clem & Sophie McGinley
Russ & Rebecca Mehnert
Jaime & Sharon Mendes
Peter & Jeanne Miller
Heather & William Mullen
The Neffs National Bank
Richard & Darlene Nothstein
Steve & Kim Ohl, (RF Ohl)
Christopher & Janelle Ondrus
Fraternal Order of Orioles, Lehighton
Packer Commandery No. 23 – Knights Templar
Cyndi & Lou Pantages
Justin & Jennifer Pantella
Jean & Scott Papay, (Mystic Cleaning Services)
Pat & Pam Reilly
Kreg & Kim Rodrigues
Sharon & Wyatt Shipwash
Lynn Shupp, (Photography by Lynn )
Donna & Bob Slaw
Chip & Shari Solt, (Joey B’s)
Trish & Mike Spillman
Dr. Louis Sportelli
Dr. Charles Sproule & Margaret White
Mark & Anne Svercheck,
(Spotts-Svercheck Insurance Agency)
Tom Tirpak (Northeast Chemical & Supply Co.)
Mark Wagstaff & Robin Grohotolski
Jim & Melissa Zegley (Zen With Zegley)
*Membership list as of September 13, 2022
**Note about ACH payment option – after selecting “Join Now” a pop-up from Plaid will prompt you to enter your banking information to complete your transaction.