Cultivating philanthropy, transforming community

This picture of Dr. William Erb Sr. and his wife, Sally illustrates the enduring legacy that can be achieved by setting up a fund at The Foundation for Delaware County.

Gratitude for the care provided by a physician friend inspired Thomas McCabe to create a $50,000 trust in 1973 in honor of Dr. William Erb Sr. and his wife, Sally. McCabe was the president and CEO of Scott Paper Co.

Today, the fund is worth more than $1 million. It supports scholarships for medical students and funds to beautify the memorial garden at Asana Hospice in Ridley Park.

Allow us to be your partner by setting up a donor fund.

As announced at the launch event, our first competitive grantmaking cycle is now under way.  The request for proposals was published on April 30. More than 100 proposals were submitted by the July 2 deadline.

The 2018 Grant Application describes the foundation’s grantmaking priorities  We look forward to reviewing your proposals and awarding grants on Oct. 31 to build community and improve lives in Delaware County.

A recent article in the business section of the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted the benefits of creating a donor advised fund at your community foundation.

Entitled “Charity Dollars: Your Giving Can Go Further Through a Donor Advised Fund,” the article features fund holders, Beth and Scott Albright, and The Foundation for Delaware County president, Frances Sheehan.

Learn more about establishing a donor advised fund at the foundation.

On June 12, Baby’s 1st Project and the Delaware County Breastfeeding Coalition hosted the first of a monthly series of Expectant and New Moms’ Family Dinners. The program has several goals. These include building community, easing the isolation that many parents feel around the birth of a child, encouraging breast feeding and connecting parents with meaningful supports. The event was very well received. It was attended by a facilitator, two parent co-chairs, community partners, moms, dads, grand-moms, cousins, friends and – of course – BABIES. Everyone is looking forward to the next dinner on Thursday, Sept. 6. For more information, please email Denise Robinson.

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