Money Moves: More than $4 million in funding was granted to Philadelphia-area orgs - Generocity Philly

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Sep. 5, 2019 12:01 pm

Money Moves: More than $4 million in funding was granted to Philadelphia-area orgs

Funding from the William Penn Foundation, Joseph and Marie Field Foundation, Independence Public Media, Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, and more, was granted to Philadelphia-area organizations in June, July and August.

Big money was allocated in the region during July and August.

(Photo by Flickr user Incase, used under a Creative Commons license)

Correction: This was corrected to properly identify Philadelphia Health Partnership. (9/5/2019 at 3:56 p.m.)

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. William Penn Foundation donated $1 million to Keystone Counts to support a fair and accurate 2020 census count.

The William Penn Foundation made a $1 million grant — the largest census-related award in Pennsylvania — to Keystone Counts, which has been developing its nonpartisan “Get Out the Count” campaign plan since 2017, and plans to contact up to the 1.2 million households across 24 hard-to-count counties in the commonwealth by May 2020.

The grant was made a few weeks after Pennsylvania passed a new fiscal year budget without allocating public funds for census work as other states have done. Other area foundations funding the Keystone Counts initiative include: the Philadelphia Foundation ($50,000), Philadelphia Health Partnership ($50,000), and Jefferson Regional Foundation ($25,000).

“A complete and accurate census count is critical to ensuring Pennsylvania receives its fair share of resources, yet the barriers to achieving a complete count are higher than ever,” said Shawn McCaney, executive director of the William Penn Foundation. “Public funding allocations for essential services over the next decade will be determined by this census, so it’s critical we work together to prevent an undercount.”

2. Bank of America invests $1 million to support economic sustainability in the greater Philadelphia area.

Bank of America announced $1 million in grants to 33 Greater Philadelphia nonprofits focused on advancing economic mobility for individuals and families, including workforce development, education and basic needs to help build economic stability.

The are connecting youth to first-time jobs, giving young adults alternative pathways to employment, and providing second chances to individuals with barriers to help them rebuild careers and lives. This work aligns with Bank of America’s commitment to building a diverse Philadelphia workforce, providing skilled workers to organizations while creating economic opportunity. Additionally, funding will help individuals and families in Philadelphia chart a path toward greater economic mobility through access to food, shelter, benefits and other fundamental needs.

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The grant to the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) will support UAC’s General Fund, non-profit fiscal sponsorship activities Summer Youth Employment, advocacy through UAC’s WorkReady Program, and homeownership supports and financial literacy education, through UAC’s Community & Economic Development (CED) Department.

Other local nonprofits receiving funding receiving workforce development grants include:

  • American Helicopter Museum
  • Baker Industries
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region,
  • Big Picture Philadelphia
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Inc.
  • Bunker Labs
  • City Year
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos Inc.
  • Enterprise Center
  • First Step Staffing
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Education Fund
  • Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA
  • Philadelphia Youth Network
  • Tech Impact
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • University City District
  • Urban League of Philadelphia.

Organizations receiving basic needs grants include:

  • Achieveability
  • Back on My Feet
  • Bucks County Opportunity Council
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Mazzoni Center
  • People’s Emergency Center
  • Philabundance
  • Please Touch
  • Project HOME
  • The Village Services
  • Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
  • WHYY

3. CCP receives $1 million donation from Joseph and Marie Field Foundation.

Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) has received a $1 million gift from the Joseph and Marie Field Foundation, to be disbursed over five years, to assist students who were unable to attend college immediately after their high school graduation. The gift is the largest scholarship donation ever made to CCP.

Currently, the CCP offers a Promise scholarship which provides academically qualified Philadelphia high school graduates an opportunity to enroll at CCP with no cost for tuition or fees. Started by the CCP Foundation in 2015 to mark the College’s 50th Anniversary, the Promise scholarship has supported approximately 900 high school graduates. Like that scholarship, the Joseph and Marie Field Foundation Scholarship will enable qualifying students to attend CCP with no cost for tuition or fees.

CCP started accepting applications for the new scholarship July 8 in anticipation of the fall 2019 semester. Applicants must file for financial aid in order to qualify.

4. Health Federation of Philadelphia was awarded $910,000 to support 26 health centers in its HCCN.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $42 million in funding to 49 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) throughout the country. Locally, through this grant, the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) received $910,000 for 26 participating health centers in its Health Center Controlled Network throughout Pennsylvania.

The HCCN project is a grant-funded program open to Federally Qualified Health Centers and “look-alikes” across the commonwealth, and focuses on patient-centered health care delivery and population health. Health center participants across Pennsylvania include:

  • Berks Community Health Center
  • Centerville Clinics Inc
  • ChesPenn Health Services
  • Community Health Net
  • Community Health and Dental Care
  • Community Health Clinic, Inc.
  • Cornerstone Care
  • Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc.
  • Esperanza Health Center
  • Greater Philadelphia Health Action
  • Keystone Rural Health Center
  • Keystone Rural Health Consortia
  • North Side Christian Health Center
  • Philadelphia FIGHT
  • City of Philadelphia Health Centers
  • Primary Health Network
  • Project H.O.M.E
  • Family Practice and Counseling Network
  • Scranton Primary Health Care Center, Inc.
  • Lancaster Health Center
  • Spectrum Health Services
  • River Valley Health and Dental Center
  • The Sayre Health Center
  • Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers
  • Welsh Mountain Health Centers

5. Digital Literacy Alliance awarded a $500,000 two-year grant.

The Digital Literacy Alliance received a two-year, $500,000 grant from Independence Public Media of Philadelphia, Inc.(IPM), a new private foundation. The funds that IPM and the Alliance have designated for immigrant-focused digital literacy ($300,000) will support a grant cycle at the end of 2019 and seek proposals that creatively connect digital literacy with immigrant organizations, services, and communities.

The remainder of the funds ($200,000) are to establish a stronger partnership network among the organizations funded by the Alliance. The DLA seeks to build the capacity of its grantees by offering learning sessions, engagement opportunities, trainings, and best practices support to them, and this funding will provide the infrastructure necessary to implement and deliver those types of support and activities.

6. Chester County Fund for Women and Girls awards $217,000 in grants.

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG) awarded $217,000 in grants to 27 non-profit organizations serving the needs of women and girls throughout Chester County:

  • Alianzas de Phoenixville (year two of multi-year funding)
  • Bianca Nikol Merge with Mercy Foundation
  • Black Women of Chester County in Action
  • ChesPenn Health Services
  • Chester County Women’s Commission
  • The Clinic (year one of multi-year funding)
  • Coatesville Youth Initiative
  • Community Volunteers in Medicine
  • Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc.
  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County
  • Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children
  • The Garage Community and Youth Center
  • Gateway Horseworks
  • La Comunidad Hispana
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA
  • Mighty Writers (year one of multi-year funding)
  • North Star of Chester County
  • Parkesburg Point (year two of multi-year funding)
  • Unite for HER
  • Wings for Success
  • Women’s Resource Center of the Delaware Valley
  • YoungMoms (year one of multi-year funding)

7. LISC received $200K investment from PHARE towards its Home Preservation Initiative.

In mid-July Gov. Tom Wolf announced $51.2 million was awarded to 68 programs and projects across 38 counties in Pennsylvania to expand the availability and support of affordable housing through the PA Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE).

Local Initiatives Support Corporation Philadelphia received $200K in PHARE funding for the Home Preservation Initiative (HPI) which supports home repair preservation activities for lower-income homeowners in West Philadelphia. HPI improvements target repairs for owner-occupied homes with children who suffer from asthma and older adults with mobility challenges to improve health outcomes, and have as a goal combating the effects of displacement and preserving existing housing stock and affordability in West Philadelphia neighborhoods.

8. Citizens Bank contributed $50K to Cradles to Crayons.

Citizens Bank contributed $50,000 to Cradles to Crayons in honor of 10 years of partnership. The $50K contribution supports Cradles to Crayons’ Ready for School Program, which provides 35,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey.

Citizens Bank was also one of the sponsors of Cradles to Crayons’ Backpack-A-Thon on August 15 at Lincoln Financial Field, where bank colleagues joined hundreds of other supporters to stuff backpacks with school supplies. Since 2010, Citizens Bank has contributed $400,000 to the nonprofit.

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