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Helping People Help People

Founded in 1952. The R.K. Laros Foundation, Inc, a non-profit charitable trust, was established by Mr. Russell K. Laros and Mrs. Helen K. Laros with a Deed of Trust on November 16th, 1952. The Foundation was established to support community non-profit organizations serving the arts, education, the environment, health, historical preservation and public and human services. The Foundation welcomes grant proposals for projects that will have a lasting impact for the organization and the community it serves.

The Foundation's Mission Statement 

The R.K. Laros Foundation has a strong commitment to the Greater Bethlehem Community. Our goal is to provide grants to non-profit charitable organizations, where those grants will either seed or support programs that might not otherwise occur. We focus on initiatives that will have a continuing benefit to the community and the people it serves.


Guiding Principles

· Community Impact - The project should have outcomes that will impact the larger community.

· Diversity - The grant proposal should address the organizations ambitions to serve and celebrate diversity in the community.

· Future Focused - In addition to current needs, the grant should address ongoing needs.

· Lasting Impact - The foundation primarily supports bricks and mortar capital projects with provisions for capital reserve funding to sustain the project over time.

· Make a Difference - The Laros Foundation prefers projects that are unlikely to reach fruition without grant support.



· Matching Opportunity - The Foundation prefers grant opportunities where Matching Grants are available and made more accessible by virtue of Laros support.

· People Impact -The project should benefit the individuals served by the non-profit organization. and the larger community.

· Specific Organizations or Causes - Organizations or causes that were significant to Mr. and Mrs. R.K Laros and the Laros family receive preference.




Past Grantees


Since 1953 Laros has been proud to support St. Lukes University Health Network in their commitment to care for the sick and injured; the education of physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improvement of access to care regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care. Most recently the Laros Foundation supported the addition of a simulated “mom” for the Medical Students during their Ob/Gyn training at Temple/St.Lukes Medical School.


The support of the R. K. Laros Foundation has been instrumental in helping Moravian College to achieve its goals over the past fifty years.  From renovating its historic buildings on Church Street to expanding the library and constructing the student union building, the Foundation’s grants have helped to transform Moravian’s campus and the future of the institution as a whole.  The Laros family shares in the College’s history as the four daughters of Russell K. Laros attended middle school and high school on the Church Street campus when the college and secondary school existed as one institution, Moravian Seminary and College for Women. 


The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley works to improve the quality of life by insuring access for all for economic opportunity and to insure that their voices are heard. In 2014 the Laros Foundation was able to support updates to the Forte Building on Bethlehem’s Southside, a 100 plus year facility that houses the CACLV Administration and many of their critical outreach programs.



The Public Library is an absolutely essential part of the equipment of every city that undertakes to care for the real welfare of its people. It is the People's University, and its doors must be open to the public all the time, and every citizen, whether he or she happens to make direct personal use of the library or not, needs it—needs it for the welfare of the city as a whole, for the rising generation, for the possibilities of real advancement of the community's highest interest.
Paul De Schweinitz, Letter to the Editor Bethlehem Globe-Times – October 28, 1924

As true today as it was almost 100 years ago, the BAPL serves thousands of Bethlehem patrons each year. The Laros Foundation has been an important part in the continuing access to the library for the community. Most recently a state of the art community room was made possible through a foundation grant.



Meals on Wheels of the Lehigh Valley serves over 52,000 hot meals each year. In order to meet the high standards necessary for good temperature and quality, the addition of a Combi Oven to their kitchen became imperative. With over 9 million Americans at risk of hunger each day, The R. K. Laros Foundation was pleased to partner with Meals On Wheels to meet this growing and pressing need.



For over 40 years, Northampton Community College has helped students of all ages and backgrounds answer one of life's biggest questions.

NCC is committed to quality, affordable higher education. We strive for accessibility, with courses scheduled at multiple campuses and locations during the day and evening, on weekends and online. You can choose from nearly 100 transfer and career programs leading to associate's degrees, certificates and diplomas.





The YMCA of Bethlehem was dedicated in 1951 by R.K.Laros who saw the need to provide a facility for community. The Laros Foundation has been a supporter of the Bethlehem Y for over 60 years. With over 6,000 individuals benefiting from the YMCA in the area, the Laros Foundation has consistently supported capital needs at the Broad Street location. Among the most recent grants were roof repairs and the much needed replacement of the 60 year old boiler.



With a mission to improve the quality of life for families by empowering them to become more self-sufficient, while promoting an intercultural understanding in the Lehigh Valley, the Hispanic Center embraces the value of helping people help people every day. The Laros Foundation has been a valued supporter of the Center, its capital needs, projects and initiatives since 1972. 



“Because of the support of the R.K. Laros Foundation and other donors, we were able to equip our teachers and students with renovated state-of-the art-science labs that greatly enhance the learning process and provide the perfect space for intellectual curiosity to flourish. I recently visited the new science labs and observed enthusiastic teaching and learning taking place! The new Middle School labs are fantastic additions that will enhance science education at Moravian Academy.” - Mr. George N. King, Jr., Headmaster, Moravian Academy Moravian Academy is proud to include several of R.K. Laros’ children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren among their alumni and students.

2017 Grants will be accepted between Tuesday August 1st, 2017 and Tuesday October 3rd, 2017.

2016 The 2016 grant proposal cycle has closed.

Grant Application

Grant Proposals will be accepted and considered for Capital Campaigns and Brick and Mortar Projects in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Foundation’s objective is to achieve maximum impact in the community through its charitable support. Past recipients have included organizations dedicated to Arts and Education, the Environment, Health and Human Services, and Historical Education and Preservation.  

The Foundation meets annually to review and consider grant proposals. Please contact the Executive Director prior to submitting a proposal to review your project.


Requests must include the following:

1. Completed Grant Application Form as a PDF

2. Proof of 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status  as a PDF

3. Copy of most recent 990 form as a PDF

4. Current Board of Directors as a PDF

Please note that grant proposals for multi-year funding are not considered.

Grant proposals are reviewed annually. Complete the grant application (yellow tab below) and submit the application with all required supporting material as PDFs by email to the Executive Directors attention at between Tuesday August 1, 2017 and Tuesday October 3, 2017.


To submit your application.

Download and complete the application. Email the completed application to us with your proof of 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, most recent 990 form, and list of your current board of directors. 

The application and all attachments must be submitted in PDF format.