Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation

Scattergood FoundationSince 2006, The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation has partnered with The Philadelphia Foundation to achieve greater impact for its work of improving all aspects of behavioral health in the region.

About Scattergood

The Scattergood Foundation traces its proud history to the nation's first private psychiatric hospital, established in 1813.

The Scattergood Foundation believes that major disruption is needed to build a stronger, more effective, compassionate and inclusive health care system -- one that improves well-being and quality of life as much as it treats illness and disease.

“We think, do and support initiatives in order to establish a new paradigm for behavioral health, which values the unique spark and basic dignity of every human,” notes Joe Pyle, the foundation’s president. 

Partnership Benefits

The specialized services provided to the Scattergood Foundation by The Philadelphia Foundation include:

  • Investment of Scattergood’s more than $20 million in assets
  • Budgeting and accounting including an independent audit
  • Benefit management and human resources
  • General back office services.

The partnership streamlines Scattergood’s day-to-day administrative and investment management responsibilities, while allowing its board to retain control over distribution of its own targeted grants and the programming that addresses pressing behavioral health needs in innovative ways.

Partnering with The Philadelphia Foundation has served Scattergood well.

“Using the professional financial expertise available through TPF for our administrative services has allowed us to provide greater transparency in our operations,” Pyle said. “Scattergood continues to have an independent audit of our books, which in these times has been especially important in maintaining the trust of our supporters.”

“For small- to mid-sized foundations, handling the administrative functions such as payroll can be time-consuming and detract from achieving the overall mission,” Pyle added. “Devoting resources to this takes away funds that could be going to support programs.”

Joe Pyle“Having this partnership allows the Scattergood staff to do what it does best. We’re a small foundation with a large mission, and our relationship with The Philadelphia Foundation helps us be more efficient and effective."
– Joseph Pyle, President of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation

Investment Consistent with Values

Scattergood’s assets are invested by The Philadelphia Foundation in an investment pool that receives competitive returns in a manner consistent with the organization’s Quaker values.

Screened out are investments in industries whose revenues are generated through tobacco, the military, firearms and gambling.

By working closely with TPF, The Scattergood Foundation also has begun to focus and prioritize some of its investments in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware geographic region.

The ability to invest in a way that respects its principles and supports the region – all while pooling its dollars to maximize growth -- are major advantages that Scattergood has achieved through its partnership with The Philadelphia Foundation.

Learn how you can set up a partnership like this for your private foundation: Email us or call 215-563-6417.

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