Delaware County is our home
Our roots in Delaware County are deep. We trace our history back to the nonprofit Crozer-Keystone Health System and its affiliated hospitals. Collectively, they served our community for more than a century. However, when Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. acquired Crozer-Keystone in 2016, the health system ceased being a nonprofit organization. Federal law requires that the nonprofit assets of the original entity be set aside in a fully separate and independent charity. That paved the way for our opening as the new community foundation for Delaware County in July 1, 2016.
The mission of The Foundation for Delaware County is to build a healthy community and encourage philanthropy in Delaware County.
Impact on Delaware County
The programs and restricted funds inherited from the sale of the health system enable us to focus on several issues:
- Improving the health and development of children and youth, particularly those who live in poverty
- Supporting men and women with cancer
- Helping seniors age in place
- Inspiring teens to succeed.
Additionally, we receive funding from a wide range of sources. These include the business community, government entities and other foundations. As a result, we are the largest independent public foundation serving Delaware County. This means we have the resources to assess and address the needs of county residents.
Our headquarters are in Media, and we have offices in Upper Darby, Chester and Springfield. Our staff of 60 committed professionals run prestigious, evidence-based programs. These include Healthy Start, the WIC nutrition program, Nurse-Family Partnership and Drug Free Communities. We also manage special projects, such as El Centro and a health resource center for teens at Chester High School.
Our role as a community foundation
We are a community foundation, one of 780 such foundations across the country. We use our knowledge of community needs to help philanthropic donors support the causes important to them. The donors can be individuals, families or businesses. The causes they support are wide ranging – everything from health to human service needs to providing funds for the arts and improving the environment.
As a community foundation, we will make our initial grants to nonprofit organizations with goals that align with our original mission of improving the health and well-being of Delaware County’s residents. With your help, we will continue making grants to nonprofits, convening and collaborating with partners who support our mission. We also will continue to manage high quality community health programs. By establishing donor advised funds and other philanthropic vehicles with us, you can assure significant improvements in the lives of the more than 560,000 residents we serve.