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Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers Receives Major Gift from Keystone Trails Association, Boosting Assets to $14 Million

- Sayre, PA

May 30, 2024

Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers Receives Major Gift from Keystone Trails Association, Boosting Assets to $14 Million

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The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) is thrilled to announce a significant milestone in its growth, as the foundation's assets have now reached an impressive $14 million. This achievement was made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of George Gardiner Probst, facilitated by the Keystone Trails Association (KTA).
In honor of George Gardiner Probst, a substantial portion of this bequest has been invested in the Keystone Trails Endowment fund, ensuring the continued support and maintenance of our region’s cherished trails. George, a resident of Wellsville, NY, just north of the Pennsylvania line, was a dedicated veteran of both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force. His life was marked by a deep love for the outdoors and an unwavering commitment to community service. As a Mason, a member of the Susquehannock Trail Club, and the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, George was a passionate advocate for hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, camping, and particularly enjoyed canoeing the Pine Creek in the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.
"We are deeply grateful for the generosity shown through the bequest from George Gardiner Probst’s estate," said Charity Field, President of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers. "We also deeply appreciate the Keystone Trails Association for believing in our mission and trusting us to manage their endowment. These contributions not only help us reach an important financial milestone but also ensure the preservation and enhancement of the natural beauty and recreational opportunities in our region. George’s love for the outdoors and his commitment to community service will continue to inspire and benefit future generations."
Endowments are crucial for the sustainability and growth of community initiatives. They provide a perpetual source of funding, ensuring that important programs and services can continue indefinitely. This stability allows organizations to plan for the future, respond to emerging needs, and make long-term investments in community well-being. By partnering with CFTT, donors can be confident that their contributions will be managed responsibly and will have a lasting impact on the region.
The Keystone Trails Association's mission is to provide, protect, preserve, and promote recreational hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania. KTA protects hiking trail lands through support and advocacy and educates the public in the responsible use of trails and the natural environment. KTA hosts events like our hiking weekends, special skill building workshops, and partners with like-minded organizations to create region-centric outdoor experiences.
The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania, and Tioga County in New York, through the development and stewardship of endowment funds for charitable purposes.
For more information about the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers and how you can support its mission, please visit or contact (570) 888-4759

About the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers:
Founded in 2003, the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers serves 5 counties, Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga counties, PA and Tioga County, New York. The Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital communities now and into the future. The Foundation currently manages over 160 funds valued at over $12 million dollars and has awarded over $2.3 million in grants and scholarships since inception, positively impacting hundreds of lives in the region.