Community Giving Foundation Welcomes New Director of Philanthropy

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Berwick, PA – The Community Giving Foundation is excited to welcome Alyssa Meyers-Sanonu to the Foundation team as the Director of Philanthropy. Meyers-Sanonu will be responsible for the development and implementation of donor strategies with a commitment to establishing personalized and impactful funds, supporting donors, and strengthening connections across the region.

In her new role, Meyers-Sanonu will work closely with the Foundation’s President and CEO to bolster referral pipelines and serve as a spokesperson and presenter on behalf of the Foundation. She will focus on initiating community connections that drive awareness of and participation in the Foundation’s work, seizing opportunities to engage new partners. Her goal is to serve the Foundation by staying educated in new strategic and comprehensive approaches to expand philanthropy and the services the Foundation provides to fundholders.

“Having someone like Alyssa join our team is exciting for everyone. Her care for the community and desire to listen to our philanthropic partners will grow promising connections across our region,” shares Kara Seesholtz, Foundation President and CEO.

Meyers-Sanonu’s background in education and leadership and her passion for community engagement has set her up well for philanthropic work with the Foundation. She received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Bloomsburg University in 2015, and most recently served as the Education and Enrichment Director at the Berwick Area YMCA. She previously worked on well-being and community development initiatives at Arizona State University. In addition to her work, Meyers-Sanonu enjoys coaching youth sports, supporting the arts, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

“I believe in the impact we each have on our communities. As individuals, professionals, donors, and recipients, everything we do contributes to the community we live in. Through my work, I want to ensure that your community giving story represents the change you want to see in the world around you,” writes Meyers-Sanonu.

Meyers-Sanonu joins the following Foundation staff: Kara G. Seesholtz, President and CEO; Al Meale, Chief Financial Officer; Katie Simpson, Communications Officer; Eric Pangelinan, Program Officer; Karri Harter, Program Associate; Shelli Sarge, Operations Assistant; and Kim Groshek, Administrative Assistant.

The Community Giving Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that develops, manages, and distributes funds for charitable purposes in communities across the Central Susquehanna region. Serving as a philanthropic hub for charitable giving, the Foundation currently manages more than 340 funds and serves five geographic affiliate foundations in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville, Selinsgrove, and Sunbury. For more information, visit or call 570-752-3930.
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