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					                                                                                                                                  WINTER 2005
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     UPCOMING EVENTS                                   Connecting people who care with causes that matter                                                                                                                                                                                                      West Chester, PA
                                                                                                                                                                 The Lincoln Building                                                                                                                           Permit #122
                                                                                                                                                     28 W. Market Street | West Chester, PA 19382

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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Foundation
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.


FUND ACTIVITIES
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:
                                                                                        Sweet Charity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lillian DeBaptiste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 President, DeBaptiste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       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 | info@chescocf.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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               WINTER 2005

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
Berwyn                                                                                                                                                                                 Fund.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             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.”
                                                                                                                                           Endowment Fund.
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 edauble@aol.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

				
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