Our History

Our rich history of success can be attributed to the diversity of our programs. Perhaps most prevalent has been our work to restore water quality and fish habitat.   Of the 172 projects Headwaters has supported, 65% have focused on water quality improvements, fishery restoration and rural water access for fire protection.  The founding members of the Charitable Trust lived in the “headwaters” of the Genesee, Susquehanna and Allegheny River systems; hence the name “Headwaters”. 

As we look to the future, Headwaters will not stray from our roots.  We recognize that our enduring relationships with funders, government, community groups and the public is key to our success.  Over the past 30 years, Headwaters Charitable Trust has raised more than $13.7M to benefit our rural communities.  Even with our successes, we now find we must continue to redefine our niche.   In 2016, the Board initiated a new strategic direction that highlights more of the economic impacts of our work.  Our tag line “Employment, Enjoyment, Ecology” is predicated on a restoration economy that increases green collar jobs in water management, recreational development and agricultural sustainability.  There is a ripple effect on economic impact from direct jobs, supply chain jobs and tourism/recreation jobs.   Our new approach is a big challenge to show the importance of natural resource restoration on local economies and we are very excited to take on this new endeavor.  

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Our Values

Headwaters Charitable Trust Board of Directors believe that our region is sustainable when:

  • Communities thrive economically.
  • Recreational opportunities are enhanced.
  • Communities offer green jobs and access to fresh nutritional foods.
  • Ecological assets and communities are recognized as interdependent.
  • Natural and cultural heritage is cherished.

Our Vision

Headwaters Charitable Trust increases the quality of life of rural communities through investments that encourage families to live, work, and play in the region

Our Mission

Headwaters Charitable Trust improves livability, sustainability, and health in our rural communities by promoting employment through green jobs, community agriculture, and natural resource restoration.

Where we work

Headwaters is proud to call the PA Wilds home.  We get to live, work, and play in a two million acre landscape composed of twelve distinct and beautiful counties, each with its own unique heritage, character, charm and outdoor adventure… This is the Pennsylvania Wilds!

Meet The Team

Janie French
Executive Director

I have worked professionally and volunteered for various nonprofit organizations for more than 26 years. During this time, I’ve assumed many roles such as serving on board committees, leading fundraising campaigns, directing programs and working to build the organizational leadership capacity for a number of community and statewide organizations. I love working in the nonprofit arena. Most of my experience has been connecting environmental assets with economic development, where I help people enjoy the environment and make a better living from our natural assets.

“This is particularly why I am so committed to Headwaters Charitable Trust’s mission. We use all our available revenues to serve community interests. We have a different bottom line. In business, the ultimate goal is to make a profit. For nonprofits, our goal is to have a positive effect on the communities and people where we work. Working for Headwaters Charitable Trust gives me this opportunity to make a difference and that’s a pretty good feeling. In my spare time, I love to cook, especially with fresh herbs and produce from our garden. I grew up in Clearfield and am 1 of 5 children who has stayed local. And while for a time of commuting to urban areas for work, I am happy to be back home. “

Our Board

A special thanks to our past board members:

Michael Alfieri
William F. Anderson
John Alcorn
Jodi McCloskey- Brennan
Carl Brink
Mark Caldwell
Scott Carney
Bill Conrad
Steve Van Eerden
Kay Kristini
David Inzana
Bill Keown
Ed Kosa
Dr. Larry Lytle
Dr. Richard McDowell
James McKean
John Rogers
Harry Whiteman
Rodrick Shadman

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