About the Emerald Foundation

The Emerald Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2010. The Emerald Foundation has historically contributed funding to worthy charitable, non-profit organizations that focus on education, youth, and healthcare research. 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.”  Currently, the Emerald Foundation is focusing its resources on making “The E” “a hub” or “incubator” for non-profits by providing discounted office space as well as hosting and supporting weekly non-profit programming. In addition, “The E” is a community center, servicing the broader community by providing community events, an emerging artist series, a variety of speaker series, technology and recreational programming.

Our Vision

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

Our Goal

Create a thriving community by providing services and support to non-profit organizations that focus on education, youth, and healthcare research, and offer opportunities for diverse communities 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.