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Awards in Philanthropy 2022: Maryla Scranton

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter awarded Maryla Peters Scranton with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award. Maryla was nominated by Jo Ann Verduce and was honored at November 2022's Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.

Maryla Peters Scranton has been an inspiring activist, employee and volunteer for numerous community, regional, state and national nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years.

Maryla has exhibited significant generosity in charitable giving, provided insightful leadership and directed by example. She has planned, executed and consulted on comprehensive annual and capital campaigns that resulted in millions of dollars raised.

As a young girl, Maryla was gifted with the insight and appreciation of her own well-being. She began volunteering early on while completing her advanced education at Penn State University. These combined interests and accomplishments led to a long and successful career as a fundraising executive and consultant for nonprofit entities. Maryla served as director of development for The University of Scranton and director for its first national campaign. She was the advancement director for Allied Services, Lackawanna College, Marywood University and The Langley School, McLean, Virginia.

Maryla served as vice president of community relations and development for the Mercy Health System of Northeastern PA, a division of Catholic Health Care Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to her administrative duties, she established the Mercy Foundation and the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Institute for Community Health Initiatives. In recognition of Monsignor McGowan’s 50th anniversary in the priesthood, Maryla created and directed the largest and most successful regional special event of its

time, raising more than $1.2 million for the foundation.

As an entrepreneur, she established MPS Consulting, with offices in Scranton and Philadelphia. She and a resolute resource team provided a multitude of consulting services to nonprofit organizations in education, health care and human services. All the while, she has served on the Scranton Area Community Foundation Board of Governors, as a trustee at The University of Scranton, and as a board member at The Association of Fundraising Professionals, the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Broadway Theatre of Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Friendship House and The Children’s Advocacy Center, among others. She served as chairperson of The Women’s Service Coalition of Lackawanna County and as a board member of three Geisinger Insurance companies.

She was a mentor for The Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Series and served on the ATHENA Award Selection Committee. She also served two terms as chairman of The Chancellor’s Board at Penn State University’s Scranton campus. In 2013, she gave that organization’s commencement address. Maryla has presented at local, state and national conferences and has been the recipient of several awards for her professional success, leadership and constant commitment to the financial

development and program expansion of nonprofit organizations.

She remains committed to securing a better life for the people of our region, particularly children. Aside from serving as a board member, Maryla has been a prolific volunteer through the years, donating her time to organizations such as Special Olympics, the Girl Scouts, The Junior League, The United Way, and the Lake Winola Cottagers Association.

She is married to former Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor William W. Scranton III. She is a proud mother to daughter, Brook, and son-in-law, Greg Rosetti, and grandmother to their two sons.

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