Why the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation was started.

In 2006, a group of concerned residents in the Lower Dauphin School District had the vision and starting the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation made sense for several reasons:

  • LD has many worthwhile programs and innovative ideas that cannot be implemented using the limited funds derived from tax dollars.
  • The district continues to grow rapidly. The increasing size of district makes it even more important to find alternate funding sources.
  • Many district residents, graduates and companies have a strong affiliation with the district. The Foundation provides a vehicle for these supporters to help Lower Dauphin maintain its position as one of the finest districts in the state.
  • As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Foundation is eligible to apply for and receive funding from private foundations and government sources that might not otherwise be available to the district.

What we do:

Foundation Grants

The foundation again solicited grant applications from Lower Dauphin faculty, staff, students, and community members during two cycles this past year.  Criteria for approval included, among other items, consistency with LDFF’s mission, the number of students impacted, and the innovative aspects of the grant.  Grant applications represented a broader range of ideas, applicants, students impacted, and locations. The foundation is proud to have provided the funding for the following:

Grants Funded by LDFF during 2016-2017 and Benefiting

Students of the Lower Dauphin School District


  1. After-Graduation Party (LDHS) – $500

  2. Fly like a Falcon Reward Program (LDMS) – $200

  3. Exergaming at East Hanover – $1,000

  4. Flexible Learning Groups (MS) – $460

  5. Art Show 2017– Art Department (Grade 6-12) -$123

  6. LD Women in STEM (LDHS) – $820

  7. Nanoline Contest (LDHS) – $1,000

  8. Hummelstown Summer Rec Program – $500

  9. STEM TSA National Competition (HS) – $2,400

  10. Summer Grades 4-8 Science Program (Districtwide) – $3,200

  11. Summer ESL Program (East Hanover) – $700

  12. Culture Awareness Day (Districtwide) – $500

  13. Falcon Flight Zone Club (MS) – $500

  14. LD Hockey Club Team (HS) – $1,200

  15. Technology Fair (Districtwide) – $152

  16. Mindfulness in the Classroom (Nye) – $934

  17. Little Free Library (Nye) – $881


EITC Grants during the 2016-2017 School Year

Thanks to our donors through the EITC Grants, LDFF received a total of $14,000 of grant funds this year.  Special thanks to the following companies for this year’s support: HERCO ($10,000), Weis Markets ($1,500), Mid Penn Bank ($2,000), and Centric Bank ($500).

Funds were provided to the following programs:

  1. Purchase of student Laptops for Hybrid Classrooms at an elementary school- $12,030