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Money Moves: Campbell Soup gave $700K to community initiatives in Camden

Cute dog with tongue hanging out in front of a business February 21, 2019 Category: ColumnFeatureFeaturedFundingMedium

Money Moves is a semi-regular column tracking grants made by local funders, including foundations, giving circles, trusts and corporate entities. Send notices to philly@generocity.org.


1. Campbell Soup Company gave $700,000 to revitalize a Camden neighborhood in partnership with the Parkside Business and Community In Partnership, Inc.

The funds, managed by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, will support initiatives from PBCIP’s 2017 Neighborhood Planning effort, a resident-driven project to transform the neighborhood. This includes:

  • Developing a 44-unit multifamily building to provide workforce housing
  • Creating a business corridor for community entrepreneurs
  • Increasing access to healthy foods through gardening programs that will connect to recreational and active living programs
  • Fueling the Parkside Block Captain’s “PRIDE” Network, which focuses on neighborhood beautification, public safety and resident engagement

2. Bank of America granted $100,000 to Project HOME in honor of the nonprofit’s 30th anniversary.

The financial corporation presented the grant at the ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly renovated financial center at 4 Penn Center. The event and hefty funding celebrate Bank of America and Project HOME’s collaboration on the Hub of Hope, a permanent center nestled in Suburban Station that provides food, hygiene and support services to people experiencing homelessness.

3. The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair unveiled a six-year, $2 million pledge to Bryn Mawr Hospital.

The cash from the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition will enhance the hospital’s inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. This is the latest act of giving from the volunteer-run fair that gives a portion of proceeds to Bryn Mawr Hospital and has donated more than $18 million to the facility in the last century.

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“Bryn Mawr Hospital and the thousands of volunteers who make the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair a reality are mainstays of our annual event,” said Wayne W. Grafton, the chairman of Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. “Every year, 125,000 spectators come to Devon for two reasons — one of the world’s top horse shows and competitions, and to support Main Line’s premiere hospital.”

4. The Brandywine Health Foundation distributed 30 grants totaling $834,000 to support Coatesville-area nonprofits.

The lucky recipients, chosen from among 50 applicants, are broken into three funding categories focused on health, youth empowerment and community improvement.

ChesPenn Health Services made out with the biggest money bag of all: a two-year pledge of $870,000, with $380,000 to be paid out in 2019. The following are the top three recipients within each category.

Health Equity:

  • Child Guidance Resource Centers ($70,000)
  • Maternal and Child Health Consortium ($45,000)
  • Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Coatesville Health Center ($45,000)

Healthy Youth:

  • Coatesville Youth Initiative ($60,000)
  • The Bridge Academy and Community Center ($10,000)
  • Valley Youth House ($10,000)

Healthy Community:

  • Coatesville Partners for Progress ($20,000)
  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County ($20,000)
  • The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County ($10,000)

Additionally, a couple of Coatesville first responders won some cash:

  • Chester County Economic Development Foundation/Chester County Public Safety Training Campus ($12,000)
  • Washington Hose Company No. 1 ($3,000)

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Even more philanthropic giving warmed the hearts of other local orgs this snowy season:

  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health raked in $50,000 from the Connelly Foundation to benefit technology and educational programs.
  • The Premier League donated $26,000 to the nonprofit Starfinder to launch a middle school program that will encourage kids to get active through soccer.
  • Philly AIDS Thrift gave $15,000 to the Mazzoni Center to fund community outreach efforts via its The Trip Project.
  • Women’s Way gave the Sappho and LaRoyce Foundation $10,000 to fix up the floors in its 24-hour drop-in center for LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence.
  • The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center received $10,000 from The Philadelphia Foundation for its Teen Photo Program.
  • The Philadelphia Foundation also distributed $15,000 to Dancing Classrooms Philly for The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Dance for the Future Program.

Philly Aids Thrift gave Mazzoni Center $15K. (Courtesy photo)

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