The Spruce Foundation redefines philanthropy and cultivates the next generation of philanthropists through community giving and grant-making in support of Philadelphia’s youth.
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 raised $50,000 in 2011-2012 and we’re looking to double our annual campaign to $100,000 in 2012-13.
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.
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
Pooja Ganesan, Development Chair
John Lyons, Partnership Co-Chair
Elizabeth Thompson, Partnership Co-Chair
Joshua Myers, Leadership Co-Chair
Stephanie Tetlow, Events Co-Chair
Michael Pomante, Events Co-Chair
Ed Hall, Brand Strategy
Jacob Tulsky, Communications Chair
Lydia Carle, Social Media
Kristyn Stewart, Community Connector
Julie Wertheimer, General Board Member
Education Student Leadership Project is dedicated to maximizing the success of urban charter schools by systematically developing and leveraging a student-led culture.
Education Springboard Collaborative combines targeted student instruction with parent training in an incentivized system that closes the literacy gap.
Education Big Picture Philadelphia develops and supports schools that work with students on traditional and non-traditional paths to graduation, through a student-centered, project-based learned approach.
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.
LGBTQ The mission of Valley Youth House is to provide prevention and intervention services, counseling, life skills and behavioral health services to abused, neglected, and homeless youth and their families. Programs foster positive growth enabling at risk youth and their families to become healthy, productive, responsible members of the community.
LGBTQ The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County, including LGBTQ youth.
LGBTQ Equality Pennsylvania Education Fund, EqualityPA’s 501(C)(3) organization is dedicated to the cause of LGBT equality, reaching tens of thousands of people each and every year. From organizing town halls, panels, and educational events across every region of the Commonwealth, the Fund works on a daily basis to engage both LGBT Pennsylvanians and their allies in the fight for full equality.
Health & Wellness The Vetri Foundation for Children was established to help kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living. Through food, education and social interaction, the VFFC works to give children the nutritional foundation they need to grow and thrive.
Health & Wellness SquashSmarts combines the sport of Squash with Academic Tutoring for under-served, urban youth in order to develop academic and athletic achievement. Founded in 2001, SquashSmarts is the 3rd program nationwide to utilize squash as a vehicle for changing young people’s lives.
Health & Wellness Starfinder Foundation provides soccer, educational, and personal development programs inspire young people from underserved communities to achieve success both on and off the field. Starfinder promotes youth leadership, a love of learning, the benefits of teamwork, and the rewards of commitment and responsibility.
Health & Wellness Bright Hope Baptist Church provides several programs that are specifically targeted to serve and uplift at-risk youth in many of the areas of education, health & wellness and the arts. In health & wellness, the Church educates children on the importance of healthy eating and organic fresh foods, promotes exercise and healthy living, and provides HIV/AIDs education.
Arts The North 5th Street Revitalization Project (N5SRP) is committed to improving the N. 5th Street commercial corridor, located in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Arts Rock to the Future is a 501(c)3 youth development organization that provides free music education and tutoring to lower-income Philadelphia students who would otherwise never experience the benefits of music education.
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.
Arts The Clay Studio provides programs geared toward promoting access to the ceramic arts, at all levels of interest and proficiency, from practicing professionals to disenfranchised children of the inner city to art enthusiasts, students and collectors. Its diverse programs, and the variety of communities it serves, distinguish the organization as both a community oriented art center and as a national and international focal point for ceramic arts.
Join us Saturday evening, April 6th, as Philadelphia’s MOST INSPIRING young professionals, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic leaders gather at World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street) at 8 pm to celebrate The Spruce Foundation’s 2013 Gala. This annual gala is a CELEBRATION as well as a CALL TO ACTION to give back to our city through working with disengaged youth and developing the next generation of philanthropists in Philadelphia. Last year's event SOLD OUT! So grab your tickets now! Interested in sponsoring this year's event? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org