The Funders Forum of Lancaster County is a collaborative of foundations and grant makers in Lancaster County, PA. The Funders Forum formed as a means of allowing foundations and grant making organizations throughout Lancaster County to share funding strategies and approaches, and best practices and priorities as organizations worked to enhance, improve and sustain life for the residents of the County. Traditionally the Funders Forum partners have funded individual priorities established by each organization independent of the collective’s discussions.
In 2013, the Funders Forum began discussing the possibility of combining efforts in hopes of collectively working to address an issue impacting the well-being of Lancaster County. After much discussion among members and consultations with experts and organizations in the community, the Funders Forum identified readiness of children to enroll in Kindergarten as high priority which all members could support as an issuing having significant immediate and long-term impact upon the success of the County.
In fall 2014, select members of the Funders Forum released a RFP seeking a consultant /consultants to complete a needs assessment identifying resources and barriers to kindergarten readiness among all children residing in the County. The goal was to identify future funding strategies, particularly innovative solutions, to improve school readiness.
In a collaborative partnership, United Way of Lancaster County, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children were awarded the opportunity to organize and execute this project.
Review the 2015 Executive Summary of the School Readiness Needs Assessment on the left.