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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Partners in Philanthropy Award Announced by The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers

Partners in Philanthropy Award Announced by The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers

Pictured Left to Right: Front is Wanda Shirk & Barbara Welfling, CFTT Advisory Board, Attorney Thomas Shaffer, John Snyder, CFTT Advisory Board. Back is Liz Cowburn, Benjamin Olney, and Thomas Shatto, all CFTT Advisory Board Members

Attorney Thomas Shaffer of Coudersport, PA was recently awarded the Partners in Philanthropy Award. The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) instituted the Partners in Philanthropy Award back in 2009 to begin recognizing and honoring practicing professional advisors who have worked to further philanthropy in their community. Recipients of the award have helped the foundation grow by introducing clients to the foundation who then establish a new fund at the CFTT.

Attorney Thomas Shaffer was given this award for his work with the transfer and establishment of the Robert B. Merten Circle of Fifth Scholarship fund. This fund provides scholarship(s) to graduates of any public, private, or home school in Potter County or a Potter County student that attends Port Allegany High School. The scholarship was established to honor the memory of Robert B. Merten who truly loved music. Originally a small group of dedicated individuals which included Carolyn and Alan Berfield, Larry Herbstritt, John Snyder, Pete Wyatt, Arthur Metzger, Anne Acker, Luke Patterson, Paul Heimel, and others managed the fund. Thomas Shaffer stated “I am thankful for the work of CFTT to help groups, such as ours, accomplish our goal without having to deal with the many complexities of this type of long term charitable giving.”

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) is a non-profit public foundation established in 2002 by a diverse group of local leaders and residents. The Foundation encourages community philanthropy to enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves. It establishes endowment funds for charitable purposes from contributions of citizens, corporations, other foundations, charitable organizations and government agencies. As endowment funds grow, it uses the interest earned on these funds to make grants to organizations or projects that serve specific identified community needs.

If you have an interest in learning more about the CFTT or in establishing a fund, you can contact the organization by any of these methods: telephone - 570-888-4759; email - ; or visit the website - .


Allen & Carolyn Berfield said...

We are so very proud.

Anonymous said...

Agreed with the Allenamp and Mrs. Berfeld. Kudos and dildines to Tom and everyone else involved. I remember when Reverend Merton played the piano at Sweden Valley when my grandmother as there. He had a great sense of humor too.