We Are The Spruce Foundation

Founded in 2007, The Spruce Foundation is an all volunteer, Next-Gen led, nonprofit based in Philadelphia.

Our Mission:

The Spruce Foundation redefines philanthropy and cultivates the next generation of philanthropists through community giving and grant-making in support of Philadelphia’s youth.

2012-13 Impact Statistics:

  • Spruce encourages our “Next Gen” members to engage meaningfully with local nonprofits, including training and matching to local boards, pro-bono consultancies, and strategic philanthropic giving.

  • Spruce is partnering with 4 nonprofits in each of the following program areas: (1) Education (2) LGBTQ (3) Health & Wellness and (4) the Arts.

  • Spruce provides 1-2 quarterly events per program area to engage and connect next gen community members to these organizations.

  • Spruce provides grants of $5,000 in each program area at our Annual Gala

  • Spruce is partnering with Generocity.org to pioneer the region’s first ever philanthropic consulting corps, and connect next gen members to board seats and pro-bono consultancies at our partner organizations.

  • Spruce partnered with Young Involved Philadelphia to support a Board Prep Program, which trains cohorts of young leaders to become board members at local nonprofits.

  • Spruce partnered with Philly CORE to sponsor the first-ever PhillySEED event, where local education entrepreneurs competed for crowd-sourced funding.

  • Spruce’s network continues to grow with a foundation of over 1,500 young professionals and advocates.

Meet the Spruce Board

Spruce is managed by an all-volunteer group of rising stars in Philadelphia’s professional community, who are dedicated to leveraging their skills to build a promising future for local youth.

Executive Commitee

Brittni Devereaux, Co-President

J. Rudy Flesher, Co-President

Rachael Eisenberg, Vice President, Operations

Jenn Curren, Vice President, Programming

Ben Stango, Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy

Philip Fitzgerald, Treasurer

Matt Kurilla, Secretary

Board Members

Pooja Ganesan, Development Chair

John Lyons, Partnership Co-Chair

Elizabeth Thompson, Partnership Co-Chair

Joshua Myers, Leadership Co-Chair

Stephanie Tetlow, Events Co-Chair

Ed Hall, Brand Strategy

Jacob Tulsky, Communications Chair

Kristyn Stewart, Community Connector

Julie Wertheimer, General Board Member

CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLAIMER: Members of the Spruce Foundation Board of Directors are engaged in many external relationships with other non-profit organizations, government agencies and private sector entities. These relationships do not affect the partnership and grant-making decisions of the Spruce Foundation. Members of the Board of Directors are bound by a strict conflict of interest policy that is available upon request.

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Partner with Spruce

We are pleased to partner with these exciting and effective nonprofits this year. Additional organizations are invited to apply for partnership with Spruce next year, by downloading a short application here!

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Health & Wellness Girls on the Run Philadelphia is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade. The mission of Girls on the Runis is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls on the Run Philadelphia is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada.


Education The mission of iPRAXIS is to open the doors of science and discovery to new generations through innovative educational programming. iPRAXIS works to connect resources with under-served communities, allowing more opportunities in scientific enterprise for people of all backgrounds.


LGBTQ The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.


Arts The Asian Arts Initiative is a community-based arts center in Philadelphia that engages artists and everyday people to create art that explores the diverse experiences of Asian Americans, addresses our social context, and imagines and effects positive community change.

Our Stories

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Events & Programs

Spruce events bring out Philly’s most committed and engaged social citizens! Each event is special and represents a call to action. If you’re a leader, a giver, or just excited to “go out for good”, join us at our next event!

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The Spruce Foundation Gala 2014

June 7, 2014 8:00 PM
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA   19123

Our 7th annual event will celebrate this year’s grant recipients in our four focus-areas:

  • Arts: Asian Arts Initiative
  • Education: iPRAXIS
  • Health & Wellness: Girls on the Run
  • LGBTQ: The Attic Youth Center
Come enjoy great music, food, and drink while networking with Philadelphia's philanthropic leaders and changemakers. Stay tuned for more details to come including special guests and musical entertainment. Tickets go on sale on April 1st!

Spruce Community Calendar

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The Spruce Foundation
PO Box 2377
Philadelphia, PA 19103