07 July 2017

Recognizing Champions for Charity: Connelly Foundation

The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) will meet with congressional leaders on July 13 to discuss issues affecting the charitable sector, such as the potential effect of tax reform on charitable giving. ACR will bring nonprofit executives from across the country to D.C. for the event entitled “Champions for Charity.”

To celebrate these philanthropic “champions,” ACR will highlight a few of the attendees and their giving in the days leading up to the event.

Connelly Foundation
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

The Connelly Foundation, founded in 1955, supports nonprofits throughout the Philadelphia area to further its mission to “create access for those in need and opportunity for those with vision.” The foundation’s investments focus on the education, health and human services, and civic and culture fields. Below are a few of their recent projects.

Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill
The Connelly Foundation awarded the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill a $350,000 grant toward the renovation of St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown, a home for retired and ill sisters of the congregation.

The St. Joseph Villa, originally built in 1968, will be renovated to adopt a home-like, community-based facility, shifting away from the traditional institutional approach of most nursing homes. The project will create twelve new neighborhoods in the facility, and each neighborhood will include a community space that is designed to encourage residents to spend more time with others and less time in their rooms. The new space will include a country kitchen, dining area and living rooms. The Connelly Foundation grant will be directed toward the construction of one neighborhood in the facility.

St. Joseph Villa serves approximately 835 members and is expected to grow over the next few decades.

To read more about the St. Joseph Villa Renewal and Revitalization Project, click here.

Bernadine Center, Chester
The Connelly Foundation awarded the Bernadine Center a $30,000 grant for support over two years for the Food Pantry and West Side Brunch programs. These programs help to alleviate hunger for impoverished Chester area residents.

The Food Pantry at the Bernadine Center distributes emergency food supplies to lower income families in the Chester, PA, area. The Food Pantry serves approximately 500 people per month, including several who are confined to their homes.

The West Side Brunch program provides nutritious midday meals to individuals in need three times a week. The program on averages serves about 400 individuals each month and is staffed by volunteers who prepare and serve the meals.

The Connelly Foundation grant will assist the Bernadine Center in supplying the food for these families.

Use our #champs4charity hashtag to showcase American philanthropy and support charitable giving in the days surrounding the event.