2023 Impact Grant Recipients

The Foundation for Delaware County is honored to partner with these 51 nonprofit organizations to improve the well-being of the people who live in Delaware County. We are grateful for the supporters whose generosity has made this funding possible. The $1,638,360 in new grant awards will support the following projects to address critical issues and needs in Delaware County, and will be in addition to the $182,932 provided to eight nonprofits receiving second-year grants, and $371,445 for third-year Impact Grants.

Children’s Health and Well-Being: $1,067,860

Be Proud Foundation: $20,000 to support the behavioral health needs and strengthen the well-being of Delaware County youth.

Boys and Girls Club of Chester: $40,000 to support the Future Leaders Program, a 6-week, culturally relevant, interactive workforce development experience for youth aged 12-15.

CCSA Foundation: $100,000 over two years to launch a math education program for elementary and middle school students to help improve their math proficiency.

The Chester Cultural Arts and Technology Center: $18,000 to support a youth development program that offers trauma-informed prevention programming to youth aged 5-18 in Delaware County.

Chester Eastside, Inc.: $42,000 over three years to support the Out-of-School-Time program that promotes children’s learning, development, and well-being.

Chester Upland Youth Soccer: $25,000 to promote positive health outcomes among elementary and middle school students by providing regular physical activities, mentoring, and nutrition education.

Child Guidance Resource Centers: $25,000 to provide behavioral health assessments and treatment for Delaware County youth.

Circle of Giving 2020: $10,000 to provide nutrition and educational support to elementary and middle school students experiencing financial hardships in Edgmont Township, Media Borough, Middletown Township, and Upper Providence Township.

College Possible Philadelphia: $70,000 over two years to provide college access services to high school juniors and seniors from the Penn Wood and Upper Darby School Districts.

Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County: $25,000 to provide lifeguard training/certification and promote water safety to prevent accidental drowning.

Congregation Beth Israel of Media: $5,000 to provide essential items to the mothers of newborn babies at ChesPenn Health Services in Chester.

Cradles to Crayons: $5,000 to provide children from birth through age 12 with the essential items they need to thrive.

Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation: $150,000 over three years to provide emergency equipment for the Early Childhood Education Center at the new Upper Darby campus.

Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County: $40,000 to prevent domestic violence and empower victims with children to move toward self-sufficiency.

Garrett Williamson: $15,600 to support farm-to-table educational programming for children and an educational livestock farm.

Girls on the Run Southeastern Suburban, PA: $5,000 to support programs that encourage resiliency, confidence, and healthy practices in girls in Delaware County.

Greener Partners: $20,000 to strengthen the health and well-being of students through seed-to-plate nutrition education, school gardening, and fresh food access in three Chester schools.

Harcum College: $40,000 to divert youth from the “school to prison” pipeline by supporting school-based youth court training and partnerships with juvenile justice stakeholders.

Horizons Episcopal Academy: $15,000 to advance educational equity by providing students in Title 1 elementary schools in Delaware County with long-term mentoring, and after school and summer activities at Episcopal Academy.

Keep Music Alive: $4,050 to support youth development through music.

Kids Smiles: $60,000 over three years to expand outreach and improve oral health services for eligible children in Delaware County.

Making a Change Group: $90,000 over three years to support social-emotional learning, skill development, mentorship, career preparation, school and community engagement and other programming for youth in Chester.

Media Arts Council (MAC): $20,000 to support performing arts and arts education programming for students at the new MAC Arts Center. (Funded with thanks to The Musical Performance Arts and Education Fund.)

Neighbor to Neighbor: $20,000 to support an Out-Of-School time STEM program for youth in Delaware County.

The Nile Swim Club of Yeadon: $5,000 to provide a safe place for youth to learn to swim, serve as lifeguards, develop healthy relationships, and thrive to become leaders.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children: $20,000 to advocate for state investment in WIC and home visiting programs for children and families in Pennsylvania.

Radnor Educational Foundation: $4,500 to meet the basic needs of students and their families experiencing financial hardships in the Radnor Township School District.

Riddle Hospital: $50,000 over three years to establish a prenatal care program that integrates medical care with patient education to empower and improve the health of pregnant people and their babies.

Support Center for Child Advocates: $5,000 to provide training for child-serving professionals in Delaware County. Training topics to include trauma, stress/burnout, mindfulness/self-care, and educational/behavioral health advocacy.

Teachers’ Teammates: $20,210 to ensure that under-resourced schools in Delaware County have adequate school supplies for students in K-12.

Upper Chichester Library: $7,000 to support the 2023 Summer Reading and STEM Program for Upper Chichester students.

Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation: $20,000 to support organizational capacity building to enrich children’s educational experience in the Upper Darby School District with programming in music and the arts.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy: $11,500 to support middle and high school students in developing their entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

Young Men and Women in Charge (YMWIC) Foundation Inc: $60,000 over three years to empower and prepare economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in (STEM) careers.

Community and Economic Development: $95,000

Chester Community Improvement Project: $40,000 to provide a pre-development land assessment at the former Pulaski Middle School site for building new homes in the City of Chester.

Chester Pike Corridor Improvement Partners: $30,000 to support a collaboration between the boroughs of Sharon Hill, Glenolden, Norwood, Prospect Park, and Ridley Park to foster economic development along Chester Pike.

Darby Free Library: $25,000 to support the oldest consistently operating public library in the United States with access to a safe and healthy environment through library services for people living in Darby and the surrounding area.

Community Mental Health: $53,500

Family Promise of Delaware County PA: $18,500 to address homelessness and the social determinants of health affecting children in Delaware County by embedding trauma-informed care into the agency’s internal programs and with external partners.

Women’s Resource Center of the Delaware Valley: 35,000 to expand their counseling program to meet the increasing mental health needs of people in Delaware County.

Food Security: $287,000

Chester Housing Initiative, Inc.: $90,000 over three years for the Ruth Bennett Community Farm to support access to nutrient-dense produce for children and families in Chester.

Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.: $5,000 to support the agency’s efforts to strengthen food security for people experiencing homelessness and financial hardships in Delaware County.

Murphy’s Giving Market: $10,000 to provide ethnically and culturally diverse food and other essential items to people who live in the Upper Darby area.

Philabundance: $20,000 to support produce and meal-kit distribution and strengthen food security in partnership with Murphy’s Giving Market and Chester High School.

Senior Community Services: $50,000 to provide home-delivered meals, helping to support food security for older adults in Delaware County. (Partial funding with thanks to the Delaware County Home Care Association Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.)

Share Food Program: $100,000 to support Delaware County’s new centralized food bank and promote equitable food access across Delaware County food pantries.

John J. Tyler Arboretum: $12,000 to increase food security in Delaware County with the arboretum’s Lucille’s Garden.

Hospice & Home Healthcare: $105,000 (Funding with thanks to the Delaware County Home Care Association Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.)

Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice: $25,000 to support and improve access to hospice and home care services for people in Delaware County.

Surrey Services: $40,000 to support a comprehensive approach to enable seniors to age in place.

Wayne Senior Center: $40,000 to support programming to help seniors age in place.

Services for Cancer Survivors $30,000

Bringing Hope Home: $15,000 to support Delaware County families impacted by cancer with financial and emotional support.

Keith Dawson Foundation: $15,000 to support Delaware County families impacted by cancer with financial aid and emotional support items.

Second-Year Payments to 2022 Impact Grantees: $182,932

The Chester Children’s Chorus: $25,000 over three years to provide year-round music and academic support to Chester youth.

Education Law Center – Pennsylvania: $25,000 to provide free legal services, advocacy, and outreach to ensure that children in Delaware County have access to quality public education.

J. Lewis Crozer Library: $22,932 over three years to support bilingual services for clients.

Lansdowne Economic Development Corp. (LEDC): $30,000 to foster economic development in Lansdowne through the support of the Utility Works Maker Space and Penn State Brandywine Launch Box.

Mitzvah Circle: $20,000 over three years to support partnerships with social service organizations in Delaware County to distribute diapers to low-income families.

Natural Lands: $20,000 to support Darby Creek Watershed’s community engagement programs that advance climate initiatives.

Penn State Brandywine: $15,000 over two years to support The Idea Test Lab, which provides entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training/incubation, and industry mentors.

Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County: $25,000 to support Chester Waterfront Development.

Third-Year Payments to 2021 Impact Grantees: $371,445

CASA Youth Advocates, Inc.: $68,469 for Voices for Children, a collective impact campaign using data-driven advocacy and awareness to advance child well-being in Delaware County.

Chester Community Coalition: $24,816 to provide psychotherapy to teens impacted by violence and to train high school students in Teen Mental Health First Aid.

Chester Education Foundation: $40,000 for the Jetter Center for College and Career Services in Chester.

ChesPenn Health Services: $60,000 to provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care to children in Delaware County.

Children First PA: $40,000 to support lead poisoning prevention and the Justice in Education advocacy training program in Delaware County.

Drexel Neumann Academy: $25,000 for reading, math and in-house counseling support.

Elwyn: $38,160 to build the capacity of early childhood programs in Chester by improving social-emotional and academic kindergarten readiness skills of all learners.

Episcopal Community Services (ECS): 20,000 for their Out of School Time program at Park Lane Elementary in Darby.

Family Support Line of Delaware County, Inc.: $15,000 to support their mission to prevent and treat child sexual abuse.

First Up: $40,000 to promote trauma awareness among early childhood educators, and to train educators and families in trauma-informed practices to improve childhood outcomes.