Friends of Wissahickon in running for $10K.
Help Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) receive $100,000 from NRG Gives, a charitable giving program sponsored by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation.
FOW is one of three nonprofit finalists in the second annual online crowdsourcing campaign, which runs through May 19 at 11:59 p.m. The public can cast their vote for FOW as often as they like during this period by visiting FOW.org/vote.
The NRG Gives program was introduced in 2016 to expand the company’s community outreach across Pennsylvania and empower the public to help support selected community nonprofits. NRG employees nominate a wide selection of organizations, which are narrowed to three finalists, and the public votes for the nonprofit of their choice. The one with themost votes during the campaign period receives an unrestricted donation of $100,000. The other two nonprofits receive $10,000 and $5,000 respectively, based on the number of votes received. NRG will announce the winners May 24.
Founded in 1924, FOW is dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and wildness of Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park, a 1,800-acre urban oasis of dramatic scenery including 50 miles of wooden biking, hiking and equestrian trails, free-flowing streams and beautiful historic structures. With more than one million visits annually, this northern stretch of Fairmount Park was declared what is now known as a National Natural Landmark in 1964.
FOW’s professional staff and volunteers work continuously with a range of experts to preserve and restore this natural landscape while mitigating the erosion that threatens the park and stormwater runoff affecting the Wissahickon Creek, which provides drinking water for 350,000 Philadelphians.
“As stewards of this precious natural resource, we are under tremendous pressure to respond quickly, effectively and thoughtfully to both short- and long-term threats to the park, from invasive plant species to watershed issues,” said Maura McCarthy, FOW’s executive director. “In this era of shrinking public funding, the NRG Gives grant would increase FOW’s capacity to serve the most pressing needs of the park, its users and the city of Philadelphia at large.”