SUNBURY — The board of the Sunbury Area Community Foundation has approved a new name as part of a strategy to grow philanthropic endowments in the Sunbury area.

The Sunbury Area Health Fund will continue with the same health and geographic restrictions established by the sale of Sunbury Community Hospital. This fund will be one of many funds governed by the foundation board.

The community foundation title is intended to communicate the message that anyone in the community can establish a fund or foundation under the umbrella of the Sunbury Area Community Foundation for any charitable purpose — health, education, the arts and other areas of interest.

"This is an exceptional opportunity for community members to create their own fund, for their charitable interests that will continue in perpetuity, just like the health fund," said Dr. Charles R. Almond, board chairman.

Other foundation board members are Vice Chairman John Carpenter, Jesse Woodring, Robert Mertz, Terry Specht, John Apple and Justin Dunkelberger.

The foundation is an affiliate of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, which provides administrative, fiscal, grant-making and asset development services. Eric DeWald, chief executive officer of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, said: "Providing community foundation services offers people a sound and trusted structure, governed by local community leaders. It's like having a community savings account for current and future needs."

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