Sam Bressi, president and CEO of the Lancaster County Community Foundation
By Bill Simpson
Date Published: 4/1/2017


“The deadline for submitting my résumé was midnight Sunday, and at 11:45 p.m., I hit the Send button.” 

That’s how close Sam Bressi came to not applying for his position as president and CEO of the Lancaster County Community Foundation. “I had left a job in York and I was looking to buy a business. I thought I had something, but it fell through. Then a friend said, ‘I know of a job in Lancaster.’” So he researched Lancaster and the job, and decided to hit the button.

“It felt like everything happened so fast. I started here on February 25, 2008, and everything was going well. Then the world ended and I thought that maybe I should panic.” The world didn’t cease to exist, but the robust economy of the early 2000s certainly did. Through the tough times, he managed to avoid panicking, and 9 years after he started, he’s thoroughly happy with his decision to take the job. 

A major factor in getting him through those trying early years was the board at LCCF. “There are about 800 community foundations across the country, and during those lean years, many of them did not distribute funds. But our board said, ‘If we hunker down in our time of greatest need, what good are we?’ That attitude made me realize that this is where I want to be.”

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