Happy National Strawberry Day

Today is National Strawberry Day!  With only 94 days until the 45th Annual Strawberry Festival, we are preparing to bring you lots of exciting activities, entertainment, food and more at this sweet event.  Join us Thursday, June 1 – Sunday, June 4.  Can’t wait to see you there!

$416,000 in Grants to Area Non-Profits

The Brandywine Health Foundation has announced 23 grants totaling $416,000, bringing the Foundation’s total giving since it began awarding grants and scholarships in 2002 to $16,204,093 in the Foundation’s Fifteenth Anniversary year.

Our community is very fortunate to have so many strong and effective non-profits here in Coatesville.  I applaud the efforts of our grantmaking committee, led by Margaret Rivello, Executive Director of the Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania and former Director of the Chester County Health Department. This committee’s thoughtful and detailed review of each proposal led to the foundation’s Board of Directors unanimous approval of 23 critically important grants,” commented Dana M. Heiman, Interim CEO.  Since 2001, the Brandywine Health Foundation has had a transformational impact on some of the toughest national problems right here in our local community.  Heiman continued, “.”

The Brandywine Health Foundation believes everyone deserves to be healthy and to grow up in a vibrant community. The challenge is that the greater Coatesville area has significant disparities in health based on race, income, ethnicity and geography.  The foundation is changing lives and building a healthy community by: investing in organizations that help people live healthier lives; investing in our young people; investing in projects that help Coatesville thrive; and bringing community members together to develop new solutions and new leaders for positive and lasting change in Coatesville.

Congratulations to the following non-profit agencies and community organizations receiving FY 2017 grants from the Brandywine Health Foundation.

Brandywine YMCA ($14,160)

Chester County Food Bank ($20,000)

The Chester County Hospital Capital Campaign ($2,500)

Chester County Health Department’s Nurse-Family Partnership ($10,000)

Chester County Public Safety Training Facility ($40,000)

Child Guidance Resource Centers ($70,000)

Coatesville Area Public Library ($5,000)

Coatesville Center for Community Health ($12,000)

Coatesville Youth Initiative ($60,000)

Community Volunteers in Medicine ($8,500)

The Crime Victim’s Center of Chester County ($7,500)

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County ($20,000)

Family Service of Chester County ($19,000)

Home of the Sparrow ($6,000)

Keystone Valley Fire Department ($3,840)

Maternal and Child Health Consortium’s Healthy Start Program ($45,000)

PA Coalition for Oral Health ($2,500)

Pennsylvania Health Access Network ($5,000)

Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA’s Coatesville Health Center ($50,000)

Public Citizens for Children and Youth ($4,500)

Valley Youth House ($2,500)

Volunteer English Program in Chester County ($5,000)

Washington Hose Company No.1 ($3,000)




Brandywine Health Foundation Donates $15 Million in 15 Years!

Brandywine Health Foundation Surpasses $15 Million

 in Grants and Scholarships in its 15th Anniversary Year

With its most recent grant awards to ChesPenn Health Services and the beneficiaries of the 2016 Strawberry Festival, Brandywine Health Foundation leaders announced today that the Coatesville-based foundation has distributed $15,646,463 in grants and scholarships in 15 years.

“We share this accomplishment with thousands of individual donors and businesses, public and private funders, as well as our volunteers, our grantees, and community partners and municipals leaders who have supported our efforts these past 15 years.  Together, we have had a significant impact on the health and well being of our residents in the greater Coatesville area.”commented Frances Sheehan, President and CEO.

“Our grantmaking is supported by the endowment fund we received from the sale of Brandywine Hospital in 2001 but it’s the significant additional financial support we have received over the past 15 years that has allowed us to go above and beyond grantmaking. Without our generous community, we could not have built the Brandywine Center, distributed over $300,000 in scholarships, and launched the Coatesville Youth Initiative, Youth Mental Health First Aid Program, our Coatesville Youth Philanthropy Program and the Greening Coatesville Parks and Playgrounds Initiative,” Sheehan emphasized. “The Coatesville community has accomplished so much together, but there is so much more to do!” 

The Brandywine Health Foundation (BHF) has been tackling our nation’s most pressing health problems with real solutions for the Coatesville community since 2001. BHF funds valuable non-profits, launches new programs where there are service gaps, and builds partnerships and new leaders for the future. All grants and programming funded by the foundation must fit with one or more of its strategic priorities areas; Health Equity, Healthy Youth and Healthy Community.   These most recent grant distributions meet all the above.

The three year, $870,000 grant approved by the foundation board recently for ChesPenn Health Services (“ChesPenn”), the only federally qualified health center in Chester County, gives the health agency the opportunity to not only continue to offer high quality, affordable comprehensive family health care (primary, dental, prenatal and integrated behavioral health care), but also to expand their services, making an even greater impact on the health of the community.

The Brandywine Health Foundation and ChesPenn Health Services have partnered to improve the health of the most underserved residents of Coatesville since the early 2000s, when the foundation brought ChesPenn to Coatesville in 2005.  “The Foundation was the leader in inviting ChesPenn to come to Coatesville, helping to generate support from other major funders for start-up costs, paving the way for opening the center’s first temporary location, and leading the initiative to open the multi-use Brandywine Center”, said Mike Lucas, Executive Director, ChesPenn Health Services.  “The generous funding from the Foundation over the years has been essential in helping ChesPenn continue to provide health care for the Coatesville community. We simply could not have done this without the Foundation’s strong support, and for that we are truly grateful.”

Additionally, the foundation recently presented grants totaling $141,000 to four local organizations that provide volunteer support critical to the success of the Strawberry Festival each year: the Coatesville Area Public Library, Coatesville Rotary Club, Coatesville Youth Initiative and the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Company.  With enormous volunteer and financial support from across Chester County and beyond, the 2016 Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival, presented by First Niagara and PECO, was a huge success experiencing a 40% increase in net revenue this year.

We’re so thrilled that we were able to significantly increase the net revenue and as a result the grant awards,” said Karol Collins, Strawberry Festival Chair.  “We had an increase in sponsorship this year and were able to keep the expenses low, which really helped our bottom line.  We’re so pleased to present these four organizations with their grants as their work is vital to our community.”

Grants Awarded to Community

The Strawberry Festival Committee awarded $141,000 in grants to four local organizations with funds raised from the 2016 Strawberry Festival.  The Coatesville Area Public Library, Coatesville Rotary Club, Coatesville Youth Initiative, and Thorndale Volunteer Fire Company all received these grants for their work in the greater Coatesville community.

Become a Youth Philanthropist Today!

CAYPP1The Brandywine Health Foundation is seeking youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to join the Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program (CAYPP). Teens who are accepted to the program will act as board members and program officers for a special fund, which is generously underwritten by Citadel. The CAYPP members will learn new non-profit and business skills and will have the opportunity to lead and make important funding decisions for area non-profits. This year, CAYPP will include more opportunities for the youth to get involved and give back to the Greater Coatesville community.  Check out the application here and please share with others you think might be interested.

Beginning in the fall, the 12-15 members selected to be a part of CAYPP will meet regularly throughout the school year to learn how philanthropy works, and research and discuss a myriad of possible philanthropic goals to improve their community before deciding to fund programs that focus on improving public safety.

Coatesville Youth to Give $15,000 to Local Organizations

CAYPPThe Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program (CAYPP)—the first program to allow youths to direct significant philanthropic donations in the greater Coatesville area—is requesting proposals from organizations dedicated to promoting safety and addressing public well-being concerns in the Coatesville area. Later this spring, after a review of applications and site visits, CAYPP will award $15,000 to organizations whose programs will lead to a healthier community and enhance the public perception of Coatesville.  Learn more here.