About the Emerald Foundation

The Emerald Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2010. In September of 2016 the Emerald Foundation purchased a 30,000 square foot building in Lancaster, PA, now called The Emerald Community Campus (ECC) or “The E.”  The Emerald Foundation is focusing its resources on making “The E” a collaborative hub for non-profits and a community center.   
With a focus on education, youth and healthcare, we strive to bring the community together by:
1)  Providing rental subsidies to six non-profit tenants in the building.  In addition, we offer all non-profits discounted rates for meetings, events, or programs.  In the last two years we have had over 60 non-profits utilize the space in the “E”

2)  Providing new Emerald Foundation non-profit programs to meet unmet needs in the community.  These programs include; “Access to Opportunity” After School Program, Autumns food pantry, Rise and Shine program for life skills training, and E-sports programming.

3)  Providing community programs for diverse citizens to meet and learn from one another.  Examples of this include our Emerging Artist Series, our Holocaust memorial wall, and our speakers/panel series.

Our Vision

Engage the community and non-profit organizations in a way that will Enrich and Empower. Everyone is welcome at “The E.”

Our Mission

Our mission: With a focus on education, youth and healthcare, we strive to create a thriving community by providing:
(1) rental subsidies and collaborative programming opportunities for non-profits, 
(2) develop programming to fill unmet community needs, and
(3) offer opportunities for diverse citizens to meet and learn from one another.

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Joe Besecker doesn’t need more to do. He’s already up to his elbows in work.
As the founder of Leola-based Emerald Asset Management, he oversees 40+ employees as part of a multi-billion dollar asset management firm.
Still, Besecker wants to see greater impact from the company’s charitable arm, the Emerald Foundation, which he also started and leads.

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