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