UPCOMING EVENTS Connecting people who care with causes that matter West Chester, PA
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BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS
Forums to learn more about community needs and issues
Join us to learn more about community needs and issues in your own
back yard, and exchange ideas with other donors who have similar chari-
table interests. Held from 4-6 p.m., each tour includes an overview of
local community issues, information on nonprofit projects and grant
requests, and a “Behind the Scenes” walking tour of the host’s nonprofit
site. The tours will take place in Coatesville, Kennett, Phoenixville and winter
West Chester on Tuesday, May 3, 10, 17 and 24. Please call Donor 2005
Services at (610) 696-4383 with any questions or to register.
Here are a few highlights of upcoming programs and fundraising
activities undertaken by the Community Foundation’s Affiliate, Donor
Advised Funds and Field of Interest Funds:
forecast Over the past year, our donors have asked us to increase our work
in four areas. These trends bode well for philanthropy in Chester
County and across the United States. We are optimistic that requests
along these lines will continue throughout the New Year.
Chester County Funders Panel | presented by LaSalle Nonprofit Center to benefit the
at West Chester University | March 17, 2005 Trend #1: Rising Number of Families Participating in Philanthropy
Chester County Community Foundation More families have been asking the Community Foundation to join them for
Chester County’s finest chocolatiers and pastry chefs family meetings to discuss their philanthropic priorities, and to help them
“Keep Farming First” Summit | co-sponsored by CC2020 showcase their delectable creations discern the nonprofits that can best meet their charitable legacy needs. This
| February 8, 2005 among the spring blossoms of Waterloo Gardens.
Let your legacy make a difference in Chester County is a wonderful trend that brings families and communities together, working
jointly on issues that will benefit the larger community while focusing on
“Getting There” Transportation Conference | co-sponsored by CC2020 causes that are near and dear to the hearts of family members.
| March 9, 2005 Taste, mingle, and shop
while you pick the winning dessert creation. Trend #2: Issues Related to Generational Succession
As wealth and the control of a family’s philanthropic legacy prepare to pass
Mesothelioma Walk | sponsored by the Mesothelioma & Asbestos from the hands of the World War II generation to their descendents, senior
Disease Society Fund | Spring 2005 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Alan Elko, Ed.D. EMERITI
Thursday, March 31, 2005 Superintendent, West Chester Area family members are addressing issues of succession and donor legacy. We at
David M. Frees, III, Esq., Chair School District Dr. Henry A. Jordan the Community Foundation are honored to help families explore how their
6-8 p.m. Partner, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Chairman Emeritus
Run for Dana Marie | sponsored by the Dana Marie Carr Memorial Carol Ware Gates
intergenerational giving can adapt to current circumstances, while still
Scholarship Fund | April 24, 2005 Hosted by Waterloo Gardens, Inc. John Celii, Jr., Vice Chair President, 1675 Foundation John A. Featherman, III, Esq. ensuring the original intent.
Let your legacy make a difference Retired, Cisco Systems Director Emeritus
in Chester County John H. Hewlett, III, Ed.D. Chairman/CEO, First National Bank Trend #3: Calls for Greater Accountability and Effectiveness
Run for Brianne | sponsored by Scott Honda in memory of Brianne 200 North Whitford Road, Exton (just off Rt. 30) Donna Coughey, Vice Chair Director of Human Resources, of Chester County
CEO and President, First Financial Increased scrutiny of nonprofit practices brought about by the recent Senate
Carter | May 8, 2005 For an invitation, please contact Bank / Chester Valley Bancorp
West Chester Area School District Partner, MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
Finance Committee hearings has intensified the desire among many donors
Kathryn Karney at (610) 696-4383. Richard Jones, Esq. to learn more about nonprofits, and to fund those charities that are truly
Elizabeth R. Moran, Vice Chair Of Counsel, Prickett, Jones & Elliott
Valor Bowl | sponsored by the Valor Bowl Fund to benefit Special Trustee, 1957 Charity Foundation PERSONNEL effective at reasonable costs. The Community Foundation has provided
Olympics | June 2, 2005 Mary M. MacKinnon increased research and analysis of charities, so that donors can be well-
MISSION: Burton Rothenberger, Corporate Community Volunteer Karen A. Simmons
informed when making grant decisions.
Corporate Secretary/Treasurer President/CEO
The Chester County Retired, Sunoco, Inc. Moira Mumma
Beth Harper Briglia, CPA Trend #4: Increased Grants for Nonprofit Operating Funds
President, Community Coalition
AN EVENING OF SIMPLE PLEASURES Community Foundation leads, Eva L. Verplanck, Ph.D., Vice President of Donor Services Figures from the national Foundation Center reveal that donors have
inspires and encourages all Immediate Past Chair Patrick O’Donnell, Esq. & Grantmaking increased their gifts to core operating expenses, from 5% to 19% over the
The Community Foundation spotlights Simple Pleasures Gallery owner Joanne Sterlacci, who Community Volunteer The Law Offices of
individuals and organizations to Kathryn A. Karney past 5 years. Donors are realizing that in order to be effective and impact
knows the value of investing in her community. Due to her generosity, Simple Pleasures Patrick C. O’Donnell
Donor Services & Public Relations their communities, nonprofits need core support for such basic items as
donated a portion of its December 10th gallery sales to benefit the Chester County create or contribute to lasting Richard Sanford Associate heat, light and salaries. By funding nonprofits through general operating
Madeleine Wing Adler, Ph.D.
Community Foundation. philanthropic charitable legacies, President, West Chester University
The Brinton Group support, donors enable nonprofits to plan and build sustainable, adaptable
Michele O. Thomas
Patrons gathered at the gallery, located at 22 South High Street in West Chester, to celebrate to improve the quality of life Frank J. Brewer
L. Peter Temple, Esq. Administrative Assistant systems to serve their communities in the long run.
the spirit of giving with an evening of music, fun and holiday shopping. Éclat Chocolate and Partner, Larmore, Scarlett,
primarily in Chester County. CEO, Security Services
Myers & Temple Mary Jane Emery
Turk’s Head Inn provided sumptuous refreshments and Claudia Baudo of The Painted Seed & Technologies Controller
Studio and artist Stephen Fute previewed their new pottery creations. DeCola Hair Studio
provided gift baskets, and Brenda Parke of Byrnes and Merz contributed the attractive post-
Karen A. Simmons, ex officio
President/CEO, Chester County
Your Part-Time Controller™
Let your legacy The Lincoln Building
Community Foundation 28 W. Market Street | West Chester, PA 19382
card design. Thank you to all who came out and shopped for a great cause! A copy of the official registration and financial informa-
tion for the Chester County Community Foundation may
Funeral Homes make a difference in (610) 696-8211 voice | (610) 696-8213 fax | firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Claudia Baudo, Karen Simmons CCCF CEO, Joanne Sterlacci of Simple Pleasures, and artist Stephen Fute. be obtained by calling the Pennsylvania Department of
State at 1-800-732-0999 (toll free in Pennsylvania).
Chester County www.chescocf.org
Registration does not imply endorsement.
COMMUNITY GRANTMAKING CHESTER COUNTY READS PROGRAM
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HOSTS
The Community Foundation awarded grants from the Fund for Verizon READS: America’s Literacy Director of External Affairs for Verizon PA. FACES OF THE FOUNDATION WELCOME NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS!
GETTYSBURG ADDRESS CONTEST Champion Program has awarded the Chester
Chester County to these nonprofits that provide vital, high- “Verizon customers who participate in the pro- Board Committee Members bring special expertise and knowledge to support
quality community services: County Community Foundation a grant of
gram are showing how much they care about our the efforts of the Community Foundation’s mission.
$22,500 to support the Chester County Reads
community, and they are helping us provide these
services through their generosity. They are help-
Open Doors Program “Verizon customers in Pennsylvania are using ing us build more literate communities, one dollar
Peter’s Place their Verizon phone bill to support literacy and at a time. We applaud them for it.” L. RUTH PATTERSON is the newest member of the Grants & Scholarship Committee. With the success
make a difference in the lives of thousands of our of their business, Sloan Ford in Downingtown, first with her husband and now with her son, Mrs. Patterson
The Community Foundation will distribute these
Coatesville neighbors in the community. By increasing litera- has felt the importance of giving back to the community.
funds to Chester County literacy programs
Chester County Community Dental cy skills, we are giving people with low literacy
through a special granting process. Please As an active volunteer, Mrs. Patterson gives her time to a number of causes local to Downingtown. This
Community Gardens of Chester County the tools to help them find and keep decent jobs,
call Donor Services & Grants Administration at includes the Woman’s Club of Downingtown, through which she volunteers at the Lord’s Pantry, as well as
Karen Simmons, CCCF CEO with Barbara support their children’s education and contribute
(610) 696-8045 for more information. Downingtown Friends of the Park, Woman’s Community Club of Uwchlan, and Central Presbyterian Church,
Devault Caldwell of Verizon. actively in our communities,” said Stan Schuck,
where she serves on the Endowment Committee.
Great Valley Nature Center
As Finance Chair of the Woman’s Club of Downingtown, Mrs. Patterson worked to establish an endowment
Kennett fund at the Community Foundation with two large bequests that were made to the Club. “It is a tremendous
Kennett After School Program - After the Bell Jim Alexander of Fugett Middle School; Megan Hand of Fugett Middle BUILDING COMMUNITY PHILANTHROPY: Since their daughter was first diagnosed, the Niggemans have worked
to increase awareness of Turner Syndrome and to create a network of responsibility to be entrusted with such hard-earned funds, and to use them for the good of the community, now and forever.”
School; Bob Gross, Contest Coordinator; Carlos Sanabria of Fugett
Middle School; Sean Forrest of St. Agnes School; Esha Khurana of
FUNDS OF THE FOUNDATION families and patients impacted by this medical condition. Kim voices Mrs. Patterson was introduced to the Community Foundation through John A. Featherman, III. “I relish my time on the Grants &
Malvern her determination to advocate on behalf of those affected by this dis-
Pierce Middle School; and Joe Martino, Contest Coordinator. Darci Goldberg, W. Patrick Scott,
Scholarship Committee. The needs of the county are so great and we have such potential to make a difference!”
Pennsylvania Home of the Sparrow order and Steve concurs. “It is a logical next step for us to establish
Abraham Lincoln was alive and well as five “Little Lincolns” competed Esq., and Don Evons establish the
the Turner Syndrome Foundation with the hopes of finding the medical
West Chester Downtown Foundation
Oxford for speech, elocution, and best costume prizes on the newly restored means to mitigate the impact of this tragic disease.”
Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center balcony of the Community Foundation’s historic Lincoln Biography
The Foundation will fund 1) research on the causes and impact of MATTHEW D. KELLY joined the Community Foundation’s Investment Committee in February 2004. He is
Building. Taking advantage of the crowd gathered in the street after THE WEST CHESTER Turner Syndrome, 2) education programs, and 3) enrichment programs
Phoenixville President and COO of the Philadelphia Corporation for Investment Services, a $1 billion broker-dealer with
West Chester’s Old Fashioned Christmas Parade on December 3, con- DOWNTOWN FOUNDATION for children and families impacted by Turner Syndrome. offices in Philadelphia, Wayne and Downingtown. He is also Executive Vice President of First Financial Bank,
Good Samaritan Shelter test organizers Joseph Martino and Bob Gross from the Borough of is a private, nonprofit, charitable where he created the bank’s Private Banking Department and the Wealth Management Group.
Orion Communities West Chester Historical and Architectural Review Board brought foundation whose mission is to Contributions are gratefully accepted, and a fall Golf Tournament is
together student contestants, judges, corporate sponsors and a large currently in the planning stages to raise funds. For more information, Previously, Mr. Kelly served as Managing Director of PNC Advisors-Delaware, where he was responsible for
promote community interest in the
West Chester crowd of history buffs to hear the speeches. contact the Community Foundation at (610) 696-4383. private banking, trust and investment services. Mr. Kelly also served as Mellon Bank’s Business Banking
vitality, culture and livability of downtown West Chester. It does so
Chester County Cares Regional Manager, which included all of the commercial lending activities for Mellon Bank in Delaware.
Nervous from the excitement, the First Place winner was Megan through education, preservation and collaboration.
Family Services of Chester County/RSVP Mr. Kelly serves on the Board of Trustees of the Brandywine YMCA/Brandywine Branch, and he is a member
Hand of Fugett Middle School, who dressed as Mary Todd Lincoln and “One of the primary goals is to raise funds for public beautification and THE FRONT PORCH TRUST was established
Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County of the Companies of Caring Campaign/Community Volunteers in Medicine. He serves on the Finance
delivered a vibrant winning speech. “It went so quickly,” noted enhancement projects, such as planters, that will enhance West by the Paoli Business and Professional
Nurse-Family Partnership Committee of the Overbrook Golf Club.
Megan. “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is such an incredible speech, Chester’s downtown area. By growing our new endowment fund, we Association. The Trust provides scholarships to
West Chester Area Day Care Center
packed with meaning, reverence, and hope.” will ensure that as features need to be updated, repaired or replaced, Mr. Kelly lives Bethel, Pennsylvania with his wife, Megan and 3 children, all boys aged 5 or less .
West Chester Area Senior Center students from Conestoga High School in
the funding will be there, and can also be allocated for similar proj- In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and getting in the occasional round of golf.
Other contestants included Second Place winner Jim Alexander of Berwyn and Great Valley High School in Malvern who are pursuing
ects,” notes W. Patrick Scott, Esq., local attorney and President of the
As your partner in philanthropy, the Community Foundation Fugett Middle School, Third Place winner Esha Khurana of Peirce post-secondary education. It also funds mentoring opportunities.
WCDF’s Board of Directors.
can provide you with information about community needs and Middle School, Best Costume winner Sean Forrest of St. Agnes
“The Chester County Community Foundation helped the Association
help you with grantmaking. Nonprofits submit grant requests School, and Participation Prize winner Carlos Sanabria of Fugett All are urged to make an outright contribution to the West Chester
find a way to express our charitable intent and provides the adminis-
to the Community Foundation throughout the year, and these Middle School. Downtown Foundation or purchase an engraved brick that will be WELCOME NEW STAFF!
trative support we need to execute the program,” says Edward Auble,
requests can be shared with fund advisors and donors at any placed along the Heritage Walk in downtown West Chester. For more
The contestants were awarded prizes donated by Chester County Trust President.
information, call (610) 738-3350 or visit www.wcdf.org.
time. Community Foundation staff is available to meet with local businesses and residents, including lead sponsor 1st National MICHELLE O. THOMAS has joined the Community Foundation as Administrative Assistant for Donor
“We named the scholarship The Front Porch Trust because we want
families to help clarify philanthropic priorities and recommend Bank of Chester County, Jean and Bob Gross of Keller Williams Real Services and Business Affairs. In this capacity, Mrs. Thomas processes grant and scholarship requests;
to show our commitment and accessibility to our neighbors. Our
nonprofits that make a real difference in our community. Estate, PA State Representative Elinor Z. Taylor, America’s Cup Coffee processes contributions made to each of the Community Foundation’s funds; and processes vendor invoic-
THE CHAIN OF LOVE FOUNDATION FOR TURNER members are a part of an active and important group of community
Please call Donor Services & Grants Administration at (610) Café, Zukin Realty, Ashbridge Construction, and Weston Solutions. es. She also assists with nonprofit research to help families make grant decisions, and she provides sup-
SYNDROME was created by Stephen and Kimberly Niggeman to businesses. They are committed to supporting the community in which
696-8045 for more information. port for the Community Foundation’s donor service outreach and marketing events.
Judges included David M. Frees, Esq., Chair of the Board of the support nonprofit medical research and charitable activities dealing we live and work, and to fostering cooperative relationships among the
Chester County Community Foundation, Stephen McGann of 1st businesses that serve Paoli. In creating the scholarship, we want to Before joining the Community Foundation, Mrs. Thomas worked at the March of Dimes for six years, assist-
with Turner Syndrome and related medical disorders.
National Bank, and Matthew Roberson of the Historic Architecture express our belief that helping the individual also helps the community ing the Director of Program Services. Prior to this, she was Office Manager with a Malvern CPA firm. She
Review Board. Turner Syndrome is a chromosomal condition that occurs when one in the next generation.” resides in West Chester with her husband, P.G. Thomas, and four children. Shelly brings a wide range of
of the two X chromosomes normally found in females is missing or skills and abilities to her position at the Community Foundation.
“This was a wonderful community partnership,” noted Karen incomplete. The medical condition is named after Dr. Henry Turner, Currently, fundraising efforts are under the auspices of PAOLI 250, the
Simmons, President/CEO of the co-sponsoring Community who was among the first to describe the condition’s features in the celebration of 250 years of Paoli’s history. Those interested in support-
Foundation. “We are delighted to draw such an appreciative crowd 1930’s. Individuals with Turner Syndrome are prone to short stature, ing the Front Porch Trust may contact email@example.com.
and to showcase student achievement on our newly restored balcony cardiovascular, kidney, thyroid, and ovarian conditions, among other
at the Lincoln Building.” medical disorders