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PHILADELPHIA, July 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Philadelphia Foundation is thrilled to announce the nine winners of its $1 million Key to Community Grants initiative! As part of unique grantmaking initiative, residents of the Greater Philadelphia Region made their voices heard by casting nearly 200,000 votes for 15 deserving nonprofit finalists selected from 200 proposals reviewed by Philadelphia Foundation and three panels of judges. The voting occurred between July 8 and July 26. Following an analysis of the results, the following organizations have been named winners across three grant categories following a close race:
Economic Prosperity: Co-presented by Wells Fargo and the Philadelphia Foundation, grants will fund programs that aim to enhance paths to financial stability and success, especially for those in low- to moderate-income communities.
“Our relationship with the Philadelphia Foundation goes back 100 years, and we couldn’t be more excited to co-present these grants, working together once again to support the initiatives that help level the financial playing field," said Tiffany Tavarez, V.P. of Community Relations, Wells Fargo. “Congratulations to the incredible organizations that are improving economic and financial stability for all – we cannot wait to see the greater impact you’ll have in the coming years. You are truly the keys to our community.”
The Opportunity Divide: Co-presented by Comcast NBCUniversal and the Philadelphia Foundation, grants will fund programs that improve equal access to the advantages of technology and digital skills that propel economic mobility.
“At Comcast NBCUniversal, we believe that increasing access for everyone in our region includes supporting local organizations that are catalysts for growth and change, and we couldn’t be more excited to honor inspiring nonprofits with Opportunity Divide grants,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President for Community Impact at Comcast and President of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation. “These organizations are doing vital work to make our region stronger, and we can’t wait to see what else they will accomplish. Our thanks to the public who voted. Congratulations to all the Key to Community winners!”
Community and Civic Engagement: Presented by the Philadelphia Foundation, grants will fund programs that aim to widen participation and community connections and increase equity in our region.
“As the region’s community foundation, we’re very proud of the community’s response to and engagement with the Key to Community grant finalists and winners,” said Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation. “We exceeded our high expectations of heightening public awareness of the power we all have to improve lives by supporting nonprofits.”
“All the contenders did a truly extraordinary job of proposing projects that accelerate or amplify their success, of persuading very experienced judges and of engaging, persuading and activating not only their existing stakeholders but the broader public as well,” Ramos added. Competition was appropriately robust because the initiatives were strong, varied and had broad appeal.”
Leaders from all 15 finalist organizations will be invited to participate in the Philadelphia Foundation’s Leadership Institute in the fall of 2019 and will be included in opportunities for targeted leadership development scholarships and expanded professional network building supported through Bank of America and Eisenhower Fellowships.
About Key to Community Grantmaking
Approximately 200 applications were received in the Key to Community grants initiative. A review panel comprised of Philadelphia Foundation staff, representatives from the grants’ co-presenters and independent experts in the fields of philanthropy and community solutions was tasked with determining the finalists for public voting through research, interviews and evaluation.
Joining Pedro A. Ramos, President & CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation and Diane Melley, Executive Director of PF’s Second Century Initiatives & Corporate Partnerships on the judging panels were:
From July 8-July 26, the public votes decided which ideas received a total $1 million in funding to flourish into action-oriented programs that enhance the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia Region.
ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA FOUNDATION
Founded in 1918, the Philadelphia Foundation strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Foundation grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation manages more than 900 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit philafound.org.
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