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Gov. Wolf gives $500K to York charity

Greg Gross
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Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that his inaugural committee is giving $500,000 to a York City-based charity.

The York County Community Foundation is one of two organizations selected to receive an equal share of a $1 million donation, according to Wolf's inauguration committee.

"We're just thrilled to have it," said Jane Conover, president and CEO of the foundation, which has an endowment of $126 million.

The nonprofit foundation has had a hand in numerous projects and initiatives throughout the county, including the creation of the York Academy Regional Charter School and ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown York City.

The foundation will use the donation to create the Wolf Inaugural Fund, which will serve as an endowment to distribute funds, and the inauguration committee will have a say in which projects or organization receive funding, Conover said.

"We'll work with them to help get the money back out into the community as quickly as possible," she said.

Wolf, the Democratic governor from Mount Wolf, previously served on the foundation's board.

Second charity: The donated money comes from unused funds given to the committee to throw inauguration events for Wolf when he was sworn in as governor in January, said Beth Melena, spokeswoman for the inaugural committee.

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), which services Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon and Perry counties, as well as the Dillsburg-area of northern York County, also received $500,000.

"Gov. Wolf chose these organizations based on his familiarity with the positive impact that they have had on the communities that they serve," Melena said.

Much like the York County Community Foundation, TFEC also distributes money to organizations with the aim of enhancing the quality of life in communities it serves.

"TFEC is pleased to partner with the Wolf Inaugural Committee in assisting to maximize their dollars for charitable purposes," Janice Black, its president and CEO, said in a news release.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.