Local Visionary – Daniel Betancourt

This is, and always has been, my city.

Introducing you to the people and places that make Lancaster special is our mission. In the spring edition of Fig, you met some of our friends who are forging new paths and are selflessly committed to our community. Now, more than ever, we want to show our appreciation.⁠

Daniel Betancourt – President & CEO, Community First Fund


Why Lancaster City is a special place:
I grew up in Lancaster and raised my family in the city. When I was a kid, I walked all the bustling streets and cut through the back alleys. I knew the city like the back of my hand and could feel its energy and vitality. Over the years, I also witnessed its downs. Playing a role in the city’s revitalization has been a significant part of my life. Today, Lancaster’s energy and vitality is back, making it a special place that is recognized nationally for its transformation.
How and why you are involved in the City:
I have lived in Lancaster my whole life, even attending college at Millersville University. This is, and always has been, my city. Serving as a school board member and being involved with various community-focused organizations has given me the opportunity to see Lancaster from many different perspectives. I have led the Community First Fund over the past 20 years, allowing me to focus my efforts on building a vibrant and healthy community for everyone who lives and works in this great city.
Your hopes for the future:
Lancaster is well beyond the tipping point of economic revitalization, and I am so proud of Community First Fund’s role in its transformation. I see a city buzzing with the vitality that I experienced as a kid and building a community that embraces diversity and equality for all.
Passion Project:
Seeing Community First Fund grow and evolve to make a major impact on Lancaster and beyond.
Reason for Gratitude:
The innovative difference-makers and bold risk-takers that drive Lancaster’s success.
A little more good stuff about Dan:
Dan currently serves on the board of directors for the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP), United Way of Lancaster County, Lancaster CRIZ Authority, AAA Central Penn, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Partners for the Common Good, Santander Community Advisory Board and Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees. He also serves on the New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board for the Reinvestment Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Economic and Community Advisory Council.

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