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Money Moves: These Philly impact orgs received a collective $3,921,660 in grants this fall

Sunoco and Energy Transfer are funding Philabundance's fuel for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. November 15, 2018 Category: ColumnFeaturedFundingLong

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1. Energy Transfer and Sunoco LP are helping Philabundance deliver food.

Just in time for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Energy Transfer and Sunoco LP are driving hunger out of Philadelphia with a $250,000 grant for Philabundance.

The funds will pay for fuel for the nonprofit to bring hundreds of thousands of meals to aid children, seniors and families in need throughout Greater Philadelphia. Sunoco LP has partnered with Philabundance since 2010, and its latest gift clocks the fuel company in at a whopping $2.1 million total donation in support of Philabundance’s mission over the years.

“Hunger is not just an issue in our service area, it is a crisis,” said Glenn Bergman, the executive director of Philabundance, in a statement. “From the city to the suburbs to the rural areas we serve, Philabundance could not provide food to those struggling with hunger without fuel.”

2. GSK announced the Philly winners of its annual IMPACT Awards.

For the 22nd year, 10 Philly nonprofits are receiving $40,000 each from pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline’s (GKS) IMPACT Awards for their work in addressing their community’s health needs.

GSK awards nonprofits in both Philadelphia and Durham, North Carolina. IMPACT stands for innovative, measured, partnered, accountable, community-centered and transformative — the six traits it requires winning nonprofits to emulate. This year’s grants support programs related to healthy eating, youth mentorship, employment and more.

Here are 2018’s winning organizations:

From our Partners

  • ACLAMO Family Centers
  • CASA Youth Advocates, Inc.
  • Drueding Center
  • Greener Partners
  • Healthy NewsWorks
  • HUNE, Inc.
  • Institute for the Development of African-American Youth, Inc.
  • Justice At Work
  • PAR-Recycle Works
  • Youth United for Change

3. A local Purple Heart recipient was honored with new home.

Michael Lowe’s new home. (Courtesy photo)

Veteran’s Day may come only once a year, but Citizens Bank and the Military Warriors Support Foundation changed one Purple Heart veteran’s life forever this month.

Private First Class Michael Lowe, who served in the Army from 2003 to 2006 in Iraq and Korea, received the surprise of a lifetime: keys to a newly renovated, mortgage-free home in Delaware County’s Aldan.

More than 100 Citizens Bank employees helped renovate the house, which the companies presented to Lowe and his family during a ceremony on Nov. 2. GIANT Food Stores also pitched in with donated groceries and will foot the bill for the Lowes’ next year of food shopping, worth $2,500.

4. Defender Association received $150K to provide educational advocacy for incarcerated and at-risk youth.

Young people in the criminal justice system are getting some extra support thanks to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarding the Defender Association of Philadelphia with $150,000 to launch Project SUCCESS (Strengthening and Understanding Court-Involved Children’s Education Supports & Services).

Truancy, lateness and poor behavior and performance in school contributed to almost one-third of out-of-home placements for at-risk youth in 2016, according to the Defender Association. Project SUCCESS will aim to help youth in the justice system continue their education by advocating for the reduction of arrests at school and supporting community-based diversion programs for youth with educational needs.

5. TD Bank and JEVS Human Services are bringing affordable college success program to Philly.

JEVS Human Services, one of the largest human service agencies in Greater Philadelphia, will receive $775,000 from TD Bank to launch a college success initiative geared toward enhancing community members’ employability, independence and quality of life. JEVS is one of 10 grant winners in TD Bank’s first annual TD Ready Challenge, which strives to identify “innovative” solutions for stabilizing incomes and workforce development.

The money will allow JEVS to partner with Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America to provide flexible, affordable employer-driven degree programs that will prepare students for the demands of the modern workforce. JEVS’ project is expected to launch in March.

6. Philadelphia Energy Authority received $1.25M from the federal government to teach high schoolers about working in solar energy.

City Council President Darrell Clarke recently helped the Philadelphia Energy Authority announce its “Find Your Power” youth solar training program received $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The award will establish the nation’s first-ever high school Clean Energy Program of Study, which will implement a newly developed three-year curriculum to train students for careers in clean energy. The DOE selected the initiative as one of 53 innovative projects across the country to receive funding, and one of only seven related to workforce development.

Students flip the switch on the 150th Solarize installation. (Courtesy photo)

But the wheels of the corporate social responsibility money mobile knew no bounds this fall. There’s more:

  • Public Health Management Corporation also bagged a $775,000 TD Bank grant to help 175 low-income youth develop employable tech, health and human services skills alongside Hopeworks ‘N Camden.
  • Benefits Data Trust scored $100,000 from AARP Foundation to help low-income seniors across the country access affordable, nutritious food.
  • Philadelphia Parks & Rec will use a $26,000 Target Corporation grant to install a nature play area in Trenton & Auburn Park in an effort to encourage families and their kids to exercise.
  • Women’s Way donated $7,160 to the Women’s Medical Fund to ease the costs of relocating to a new location, plus $10,000 to Women’s Opportunities Resource Center to support savings accounts for refugees and asylees.
  • Stonewall Sports, Philly’s largest gay sports league, raised $81,000 to help out several local LGBTQ charities:
    • Project HOME
    • Philadelphia FIGHT
    • The Attic Youth Center
    • LGBT Home for Hope
    • Gay Men’s Chorus
    • William Way Community Center
    • GALAEI
    • Mazzoni Center
    • The AIDS Law Project
  • The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance distributed $95,000 to 79 local artists and arts groups through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Project Stream. Recipients include:
    • Experience Yardley for Music on Main
    • Deena Ball for Farm to Table Art
    • Carelink Community Support Services for Building Community Through the Arts
    • Brush with the Law for fostering community-artist connections
    • Norris Square Neighborhood Project for Semillas del Futuro


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