Generous Philadelphia Campaign at the Philadelphia Foundation Raises $311,000 for 21 Organizations Serving the Most Needy
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Generous Philadelphia Campaign conducted by The Philadelphia Foundation has raised $331,000 for its Basic Human Needs Fund that will be awarded to 21 nonprofit organizations serving those most affected by the recession in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
Each dollar raised in the campaign was matched by The Philadelphia Foundation. The Foundation took no administrative processing fee on the donations.
“Times continue to be difficult, and nonprofit organizations providing human services have faced unprecedented demand for their services,” said R. Andrew Swinney, president of The Philadelphia Foundation. “We know the support we provide will make a difference in the lives of many individuals and families.”
The money raised in the late 2009 campaign is expected to aid more than 20,000 individuals in Southeastern Pennsylvania in receiving shelter and housing services, preventing utility shutoffs, providing food and allowing transportation to medical services, day care, education and training, and workplaces.
The recipients in Philadelphia County are Community Legal Services, which will receive $45,000 for its mortgage foreclosure prevention programs; Utility Emergency Services Fund of Philadelphia, which will receive $20,000 and The Food Trust, which will receive $15,000. Awarded $10,000 grants were the Bethesda Project, Chinatown Development Corporation, DePaul USA, Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, Norris Square Civic Association, People’s Emergency Center, Project H.O.M.E. and Women Against Abuse.
Additional recipients include the Share Food Program, serving all five Southeastern Pennsylvania counties and which will receive $50,000, and Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, and which will receive $30,000 for its mortgage foreclosure prevention programs. Both The Bucks County Opportunity Council and the Community Action Agency of Delaware County will receive $20,000. Open Hearth, serving Chester and Montgomery counties, will receive $15,000 and Pathways, Pa. (serving Delaware County) and Laurel House (serving Montgomery County) each will receive $10,000. The Community Action Development Commission of Montgomery County was awarded $6,000, and La Comunidad in Chester County and Family Services of Montgomery County each will receive $5,000.
The Basic Human Needs Fund was created in December 2008 in response to the escalating economic challenges touching people throughout Greater Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Foundation is partnering with organizations, funders and individuals to build a region-wide safety network. The Foundation will continue to raise and distribute funds to support nonprofit organizations that provide support to vulnerable individuals, families and children in the community.
The Philadelphia Foundation
For more than 90 years, The Philadelphia Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. As a public charity community foundation, it manages nearly 800 charitable funds, maximizing the strategic impact of charitable contributions. It invests and administers these funds and awards the distributions – about $20 million a year to nearly 1,000 area organizations – as grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit www.philafound.org
Recipients of the Generous Philadelphia Campaign Grants
Listed below are those organizations who will receive the grants, along with their geographic location and the aspect of the campaign they address.
Bethesda Project has a Brother's Keeper Program that matches men living in shelters to affordable rooms and apartments. The men get case management and follow-up support for their efforts to maintain their employment, manage their mental illnesses and remain drug- or alcohol-free. Philadelphia County – Housing
Bucks County Opportunity Council exists to aid low-income families build and maintain economic self-sufficiency. By providing services that educate and train participants, they leave the programs with skills and resources necessary to permanently leave poverty. Bucks County -- Housing, Transport, Heat and Light
Chinatown Development Corporation has been an advocate and developer of affordable housing projects for more than 40 years. It employs neighborhood planning and development to reclaim and strengthen the community by building mixed-income housing units to meet the needs of Chinatown’s families. Philadelphia County -- Housing
Community Legal Service has a Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program that deals with housing problems that affect low-income tenants, including living in unsafe and unsanitary housing, utility shutoffs aimed at eviction and disability accommodations. Philadelphia County – Housing through a mortgage foreclosure diversion program.
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. operates various programs to combat poverty and promote self-sufficiency to underprivileged residents of Delaware County. Delaware County -- Housing, Transport, Heat and Light
Community Action Development Commission of Montgomery County develops and administers community and economic development programs designed to provide the tools needed to achieve self-sufficiency, with programs including energy audits and home weatherization services. Montgomery County -- Heat and Light
DePaul USA offers homeless men the opportunity to progress toward independent living by providing housing, support services, health and emotional consultations, budgeting tools and employment coaching.
Philadelphia County – Housing through shelter and housing.
Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia (ECA) helps people conserve energy and promotes a sustainable, socially equitable energy future for all in the Philadelphia region. A 24-year old nonprofit organization, it provides comprehensive energy services to more than 20,000 low income households in Philadelphia each year. Philadelphia County -- Heat and Light
Family Services of Montgomery County Ways to Work Program assists families by providing small, low-interest loans for car purchases and repairs. This allows parents to stay on the job or in school, even when faced with unexpected challenges. The purpose of the loan must be transportation-related, such as to buy or repair a vehicle to keep a job or stay in school. Montgomery County -- Transport
The Food Trust’s mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. The Trust works collaboratively with schools, community organizations, hunger relief agencies, and public policy-makers to provide comprehensive solutions to the problems associated with poor food access and malnutrition. Philadelphia County – Food
La Comunidad provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of the Latino community in Southern Chester County, including assisting with transportation and emergency assistance for utilities. Chester County – Transport, and Heat and Light
Laurel House provides a safe haven for abused women and their children, to raise public awareness about domestic violence and to advocate for social change against domestic violence. Montgomery County – Housing through Shelter
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania provides legal representation to low-income people, including those facing mortgage foreclosure or who are the victims of predatory lending practices. Southeastern Pennsylvania Region – Housing through a mortgage foreclosure prevention program
Norris Square Civic Association provides affordable housing as well as pre-and post-purchase housing counseling and foreclosure prevention programs. NSCA is a grassroots, community-based development corporation founded in 1982 by a group of community women and is dedicated to neighborhood revitalization and empowerment. Philadelphia County -- Housing
Open Hearth provides innovative programs to help people end the cycle of homelessness and achieve financial self-sufficiency. This mission is accomplished by supporting and empowering people as they acquire affordable housing, a means of transportation and financial viability. Chester and Montgomery County – Housing
Pathways PA follows a strategic analysis of client needs as well as opportunities presented through numerous collaborations with government, corporate and community partners. Today the organization is one of the Philadelphia region's foremost providers of residential and community-based services for low-income families. Delaware County – Housing through Shelter
People’s Emergency Center (PEC) is committed to increasing equity and opportunity throughout the region. They provide comprehensive supportive services to homeless women and children, revitalize the West Philadelphia neighborhood in which they are located, and advocate for social justice. Philadelphia County -- providing Housing through Shelter and Housing
Project H.O.M.E achieves its mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of care comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. Philadelphia County – Housing through Shelter and Housing
SHARE Food Program is a community-based food distribution that encourages community service and provides affordable food to the economically disadvantaged. SHARE serves a wide geographic range and provides food assistance in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. Southeastern Pennsylvania Region -- Food
Utility Emergency Services Fund of Philadelphia (UESF) is an emergency funding agency that assists low-income families in meeting their need for utility services. UESF has provided more than $60,000,000 of assistance to over 133,000 households. Philadelphia County -- Heat and Light
Women Against Abuse operates the only shelter in Philadelphia exclusively for battered women and their children; the nation's first legal center for domestic violence victims; and the region's first transitional housing program for abused families. Philadelphia County – Housing through Shelter and Housing