York County Bar Association

Mission of Committee
The Grants Committee is charged with recommending policies and procedures for the York County Bar Foundationís grants program to advance its charitable mission.

Committee Responsibility
The Grants Committee is responsible for implementing the York County Bar Foundationís competitive grantmaking program which provides grants to charitable organizations and governmental entities for programs and services which focuses on these priorities:

  • Provision of assistance for legal services to the poor,
  • Understanding of the legal system in the community,
  • Improving respect for the law and legal system.

Carolyn Steinhauser, Chair, Grants Committee
854.2844 (home office) 

2009 Committee Members:

Carolyn Steinhauser-Chair

Angie Eveler

Barbara Sardella
Larry Young

York County Bar Foundation

Grants Committee   2008 Year-End Report


Chair: Carolyn Steinhauser


            Carl Anderson                                                  Jeff Lobach

            Sara Austin                                                       Charlie Rausch

            The Honorable Penny Blackwell                       Barbara Sardella

            Steve Feldmann                                                Tom Shorb

            Suzanne Griest                                      Barbara Stump

            Bob Katherman                                                Larry Young

            Tom Kearney


I.                   2008 Committee Goal


Implement Grants Task Force recommendations to address the Association/Foundation Strategic Plan priorities re: increased community impact and visibility.


II.                Status Report


Provided initial funding ($12,000) to advance two Strategic Initiatives approved by the Foundation board:

        $6000 to the Foundationís Public Service Committee to engage an outside

consultant to help a community collaboration, led by The Honorable John Uhler, build its capacity to reduce truancy in York County schools.

        $6000 to the Barís Diversity Committee for initiatives to encourage

minorities to pursue law-related careers and increase minority professionals and paraprofessionals in local law firms.


Launched newly revised community grants program. Approved Community  

Impact grants totaling $12,000 for the following organizations:

        $7,500 to PA Immigration Resource Center for operating costs and

technical assistance to develop a more sustainable financial model.

        $1,500 to York Countyís Leave A Legacy program to fund a seminar

for professional advisors on planned charitable gifts and purchase a

new computer

        $3,000 to York County Community Against Racism to fund work to

document the case for a York County Human Relations Commission

(contingent upon approval of raising matching funds for project and

 approval of final survey content).

                  Issued grant contracts defining grant expectations, timetable and reporting

                  requirements re: outcomes.



                 Requested and received increased funding for Foundation grant programs.

Grants budget increased from $20,000 (2008) to $40,000 (2009). Income from the Foundation endowment provided an additional $4000 in grants funding for

2008 and is anticipated to provide comparable support in 2009.


III.             Recommendations for 2009


Work with and support the Foundationís Public Service and Diversity committees to continue to advance Truancy and Diversity Strategic Initiatives.


Develop templates to evaluate opportunities and measure success of Strategic

Initiatives and Community Impact Grants program.


Work with Community Relations Committee to increase visibility of the Barís

charitable activities and investments.








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