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Tom Baldridge and Hilda Shirk
April 25, 2022

Thomas T. Baldridge and Hilda Shirk, Ph.D., MSW

High Foundation announces election of new Board members

High Foundation recently announced the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees. 

     Thomas T. Baldrige – Mr. Baldrige is President and CEO of the Lancaster Chamber, an organization with over 1,400 members. He has held this position since 2000. He has held this position since 2000. Mr. Baldrige is a graduate of Ithaca College and received the designation of Certified Chamber Executive in 2008 from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

     Hilda Shirk, Ph.D., MSW – Dr. Shirk retired from a career of service and leadership within nonprofit organizations, most recently as President and CEO of Union Community Care (formerly known as Lancaster Health Center), a Federally Qualified Health Center providing medical care, dental care, behavioral health, and social support to over 34,000 patients throughout Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.

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Elizabeth Ford and Ron Ford
March 17, 2022

Elizabeth Ford and Ron Ford

Ron Ford, Elizabeth Ford recognized with the Essence of Humanity Award

Siblings Ron Ford and Elizabeth Ford were recognized with the Essence of Humanity Award at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Experience benefitting Crispus Attucks Community Center in downtown Lancaster. Both Ron and Elizabeth grew up in Lancaster. Ron is a former Lancaster County Commissioner with a political career spanning from 1975 to 2003, and his involvement in the community continues today. Elizabeth retired in 2009 as an Early Care and Education Director for First 5 Alameda County in San Leandra, California, before returning to Lancaster in 2010. She has been the organizing force behind the 7th Ward Oral History Project, an effort to capture the vibrancy of the community in which she grew to maturity.

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Suzanne High, Vice-Chair, High Foundation
March 03, 2022

Suzanne High, Vice-Chair, High Foundation, speaks during ownership transfer press announcement. Photo: LNP

High Industries transfers its $570 million business to charitable foundation

From LancasterOnline

In a move that will send a company’s profits to community programs, S. Dale High and his family have transferred their shares of High Industries to the High Foundation, the organizations announced Wednesday.  

This means the foundation will receive the profits as well as control of the East Lampeter Township-based company. It will send more than $5 million annually to the foundation for programs that address poverty and build up communities where the multi-state company does business including Lancaster County, central Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Florida. 

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High Industries Ownership Transitions to High Foundation
March 02, 2022

Left to right: Mike Shirk, CEO, High companies; Suzanne High, Vice Chair, High Foundation; Robin Stauffer, Executive Director, High Foundation; and Dean Glick, Director, High Family Office.

Envisioning a Higher Purpose, High Family Transfers Ownership of High Industries to High Foundation

Corporate profits will sustain the communities where High co‚Äźworkers live and work for generations

When the $65 million High Foundation Fund was established at Lancaster County Community Foundation last fall, it was truly extraordinary. That was just the beginning of S. Dale High’s innovative plan to sustain his legacy of using business and philanthropy to contribute to the greater good of the community.

Today, S. Dale High and the High Family announce the transfer of family ownership of High Industries to High Foundation. This new structure, making High Foundation a major stakeholder of High Industries, will result in millions of dollars of profits being invested into the Lancaster community and other communities where High Industries provides economic investment and employment.

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High Foundation sets up $65M donor-advised fund
October 11, 2021

S. Dale High, chair of High Foundation, and Sam Bressi, CEO of Lancaster County Community Foundation, left.

High Foundation Sets Up $65M Donor-advised Fund

From LancasterOnline

With a donation that cements a local philanthropic partnership and sharpens its focus on grantmaking in Lancaster County, the High Foundation has given $65 million to the Lancaster County Community Foundation for a new donor-advised fund.

The High Foundation staff and board will continue to make final decisions about how grants are made from the new fund but say they hope to benefit from the knowledge and input of the community foundation’s 12-member staff. 

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2021 High Foundation Scholarship Winners
July 23, 2021

L-R: Conrad Dillman, Lindsey Hoelscher, Emma Westcott

High Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners

High Foundation recently presented scholarship awards to Conrad Dillman and Emma Westcott of Lancaster and Lindsey Hoelscher of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.  The students have been awarded $20,000 scholarships, which provide $5,000 per year for four years.

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A young man and a young woman smile at the camera
December 04, 2020

High Foundation Announces Scholarship Award Winners

Douglas Bell and Mary Lefever

High Foundation recently presented scholarship awards to Brandon Knepper of Mechanicsburg and Kara Wertz of Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. Both students have been awarded $20,000 scholarships, which provide $5,000 per year for four years.

Douglas Bell – son of Greg Bell, Senior Accountant with High Company LLC, who joined High in 2006.

Mary Lefever – daughter of Perry Lefever, Industrial Forklift Operator with High Steel Structures LLC, who joined High in 1978.

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Aerial view of a Lancaster City neighborhood at sunset.
November 20, 2020

High Foundation matched Partners for Places funding

High Foundation Matching Grant of $75,000 to Fund Lancaster's Comprehensive Plan

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From City of Lancaster

Partners for Places has awarded the City of Lancaster with a $75,000 grant to fund the 2022 Comprehensive Plan. High Foundation has generously provided $75,000 in matching funding, giving the City a total of $150,000 for the community engagement process for the Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan is meant to reflect a community consensus about the direction for future growth and community development in Lancaster over the next 20 years.

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photo from Deb Brandt
October 01, 2020

Treasures Markets ribbon cutting

Nonprofit Treasures Markets opens in Lancaster City(2)

From Fox43

Treasures Markets, a discount grocery and general merchandise store, has opened in Lancaster.

The 27,000-square-foot store is owned by a nonprofit organization that will donate all of its proceeds to local charities, beginning with Water Street Rescue Mission, whose job-training program will also be a source for employees.

High Foundation financed the building of the store and helped stock up the inventory. Funding also came from the Community First Fund of Lancaster. 

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photo from Deb Brandt
July 23, 2020

Treasures Markets ribbon cutting

Nonprofit Treasures Markets opens in Lancaster City

From Fox43

Treasures Markets, a discount grocery and general merchandise store, has opened in Lancaster.

The 27,000-square-foot store is owned by a nonprofit organization that will donate all of its proceeds to local charities, beginning with Water Street Rescue Mission, whose job-training program will also be a source for employees.

High Foundation financed the building of the store and helped stock up the inventory. Funding also came from the Community First Fund of Lancaster.

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