Non-Profit Fund Raising & Volunteer Management Focus Of Workshop

The latest fund raising techniques and methods for managing volunteers will be the topics for the first Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department and Arts, Culture and Education Council workshop on March 19.

Tonyehn Verkitus, Senior Vice President of Non-Profit Engagement for GiveGab, a social media site, will present “At the click of a Button: New Tools for Crowdgiving for Fund Raising and Volunteer Engagement by GiveGab” on Thursday, March 19, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the Entrepreneurial Launch Pad, 507 Linden Street, Scranton.

Ms. Verkitus will be presenting on how local non-profits can benefit from GiveGab’s latest fund raising tools by managing key fundraising activities in addition to organizing volunteers.

The GiveGab site started in Lackawanna County and now has a national and international presence.  It connects donors and volunteers with organizations that match their interested and offers tools that allows organizations to manage volunteers and donations.  Information on the company can be found at

The workshop is free of charge.  Participants may register by either calling the Arts and Culture Department Program Coordinator at 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or emailing


2015 Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Recipients Announced

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley announced the 2015 arts & culture organizations and individuals who have received grant support for their various community projects, events and activities.

Financial assistance was awarded in two forms:  program stream grants and community project grants.

The program stream grants are larger awards to arts and cultural non-profits who receive a yearly allocation from the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department.  Their operations are reviewed every other year to gauge need, their projects and general growth.

Community project grants are one-time disbursements for a specific activity administered by an organization or individual.  Applicants may reapply every October for this form of funding.

The applications for both revenue streams are reviewed and scored by a panel to help determine if the programs, projects or activities should be funded. Both grant programs are modeled after the process that The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts utilizes.

The financial resources for the grants come from the Arts, Education & Culture tax, which is assessed annually at a rate of approximately 1.0 mill.

The amount awarded for 32 program grants this year was $208,200.  The total for 27 project grants was $55,000.

Local anchor institutions – The Lackawanna County Library System, The Everhart Museum and The Scranton Cultural Center – received their annual education/arts & culture allocation of $220,000 each.

The 2015 program stream grant recipients are:  Abington Business and Professional Association – $4,000; Actors Circle – $7,000; Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates – $7,000; Arcadia Chorale – $3,000; Artists for Art Gallery – $6,000; Ballet Theatre of Scranton – $7,000; Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $5,000; and Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $15,000.

Also, Catholic Choral Society – $3,000; Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $3,500;

City of Carbondale – $4,000; Classical Guitar Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $1,200; Electric City Television – $25,000; First Friday Scranton – $5,000; First Night Scranton – $2,500; and LaFesta – $7,000.

Also, Lackawanna All County Band – $1,000; Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority – $1,000; Lackawanna Historical Society – $20,000; Lackawanna River Corridor Association – $2,500; Lyric Consort – $3,000; Mostly Opera – $1,500; N.E.I.U. #19 – $1,000; and North Pocono Cultural Society – $2,500.

Also, Scranton Civic Ballet – $7,000; Scranton Jazz Festival – $6,000; Scranton Musicians Union – $3,000; Scranton Public Theatre – $3,500; St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association – $6,000; St. Ubaldo Festival                – $6,000; The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic – $16,000; and United Neighborhood Centers – $23,000.

The individuals and organizations receiving 2015 community project grants are:  Lisa A. Cassella – $2,000; Covenant Presbyterian Church – $1,600; Heather Evans – $1,500; First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit – $1,000; Gaslight Theatre Company – $1,700; Ghostlight Productions – $2,565; The Glass Artisans Chapter of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $1,860; Kenneth Gordon – $1,884; and Rosemary Hay – $2,280.

Also, Dolores Hippler – $2,565; Joy Hockman (radio literature series) – $1,600; Hope Horn    Gallery – $2,565; Marywood Art Galleries – $2,750; Rachel Mecuri – $1,400; Ted Michalowski – $2,565;

Neighborworks of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $1,900; Jacob Rosen – $1,695; and Scranton Shakespeare Festival – $2,565.

Also, Ihor Shablovsky – $2,280; Doug Smith – $2,750; The Gathering Place – $2,261; The Pop Up Studio – $2,750; The Wally Gordon Community Singers – $2,000; Michelle Wheeler – $1,500; Sally Wiener-Grotta – $2,565; Matthew C. Williams – $1,400; and Katie Wisnosky – $1,500.


Lackawanna County Schedules Arts Reception

The Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department will hold its 2015 reception and grants ceremony on Wednesday, January 14, beginning at 5:30 pm in Shopland Hall, fourth floor, at The Scranton Cultural Center.

Organizations that receive annual support through Lackawanna County’s program stream funding will be recognized.  The 2015 arts & culture community project grants’ recipients will also be announced.

Representatives from The Pocono Arts Council will be on hand to unveil their 2014-15 Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grantees. The awards will be made to individuals and organizations that offer various quality of life programs in our community.

The event is open to the public.  Those who would like to attend should contact Maureen McGuigan, the County’s Deputy Director of Arts & Culture, at 570-963-6590, ext. 102, or by email at to make a reservation.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department was created in 2005 to support the arts and culture in our community and to provide access to the arts for all residents. The department offers: grants, free programming, workshops, and training for artists and arts organizations.  The work of the department is supported through an arts, education and culture tax, which generates approximately $1.3 million annually.