Friends of Wis­sahickon in run­ning for $10K.

The Review - - Front Page - A press re­lease from Friends of the Wis­sahickon

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.”

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