Whitaker Center, TFEC receive major gifts

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Jul 31, 2013 11:12 AM
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Whitaker Center leaders hold up a check from the Whitaker Foundation for nearly $2.6M.

(Harrisburg) -- Two major midstate nonprofit organizations are receiving the final round of funding from a well-known philanthropic organization.

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg will receive nearly $2.6 million, and the Foundation for Enhancing Communities will get about $1.3 million.

The grants make up the final reserve account of the now-defunct Whitaker Foundation, established in 1975 by the estate of AMP, Incorporated founder Uncas A. Whitaker.

Whitaker Center is an educational and entertainment hub that includes theaters and a science museum, and has been reporting operating deficits for more than a decade.

President and CEO Michael Hanes says the new funding will go to its endowment, which is currently more than $6 million.

"The endowment supports all of the vital operations of the organization," Hanes explains. "The growth of the endowment actually is drawn back into the organization, so what it assures is that there will be support for operations well into the future."

Opened in 1999, Whitaker Center provides educational activities for more than 100,000 students each year.

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities will use its $1.3 million gift to support various programs in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

The foundation seeks to enhance philanthropic giving and improve the quality of life in many midstate communities.

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