Foun­da­tion dis­trib­utes $15 mil­lion in grants

Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion gives grants, schol­ar­ships while cel­e­brat­ing its 15th an­niver­sary

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The Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion has dis­trib­uted more than $15 mil­lion in grants and schol­ar­ships.

“The Coatesville com­mu­nity has ac­com­plished so much to­gether, but there is so much more to do.” — Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent and CEO Frances Shee­han

COATESVILLE >> With its most re­cent grant awards to Ch­esPenn Health Ser­vices and the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the 2016 Straw­berry Fes­ti­val, Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion lead­ers an­nounced that the Coatesville-based foun­da­tion has dis­trib­uted more than $15.6 mil­lion 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,” said Frances Shee­han, pres­i­dent and CEO. “To­gether, we have had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the health and well-be­ing of our res­i­dents in the greater Coatesville area.”

Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion’s mis­sion is to im­prove the health and well-be­ing of peo­ple who live and work in the greater Coatesville area by fos­ter­ing com­mu­nity part­ner­ships, by pro­vid­ing ca­pac­ity build­ing sup­port, and by mak­ing grants to pro­mote health eq­uity, healthy youth and a healthy com­mu­nity.

“Our grant mak­ing 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 grant mak­ing,” Shee­han said. “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. The Coatesville com­mu­nity has ac­com­plished so much to­gether, but there is so much more to do.”

The Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion (BHF) has been work­ing to­ward help­ing to solve health prob­lems for the Coatesville com­mu­nity since 2001. BHF funds non­prof­its, 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, in­clud­ing health eq­uity, healthy youth and healthy com­mu­nity. These most re­cent grant dis­tri­bu­tions met all the above.

The three-year $870,000 grant re­cently ap­proved by the foun­da­tion board for Ch­esPenn Health Ser­vices (“Ch­esPenn”), the only fed­er­ally qual­i­fied health cen­ter in Chester County, gives the health agency the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue to of­fer high qual­ity, af­ford­able com­pre­hen­sive fam­ily health care (pri­mary, den­tal, pre­na­tal and in­te­grated be­hav­ioral health care), and also to ex­pand its ser­vices.

The Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion noted that it 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 Ch­esPenn Health Ser­vices Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mike Lu­cas. “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 vol­un­teer and fi­nan­cial sup­port from across Chester County and be­yond, the 2016 Brandy­wine Health Foun­da­tion Straw­berry Fes­ti­val, pre­sented by First Ni­a­gara and

PECO, had a 40 per­cent 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 chair­woman. “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.”

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