Millennial-Led Nonprofit Develops a New Grant for Peacemaking

Spruce Foundation, a Philadelphia-based philanthropic organization, is excited to announce that they have increased their total grant offerings this year in celebration of their tenth year of supporting youth in the city of Philadelphia.

Typically, Spruce Foundation awards four grants of $5,000 each in the areas of Arts, Education, LGBTQ, and Health & Wellness. This year, the board voted to offer a brand-new fifth grant category: Peacebuilding. This new grant will increase the total amount awarded by the organization to $25,000.

Through what began as a giving circle among friends, Spruce Foundation has changed the face of philanthropic giving by leveraging the skills of Philadelphia’s next-gen leaders hoping to build a promising future for local youth. Grantmaking Chair, Jeannette Rowland, emphasizes that young professionals “have a responsibility to become more civically engaged in our city and help build up Philadelphia’s philanthropic community.” Rowland adds that she feels a strong sense of belonging in “being surrounded by other like-minded young professionals who are serious about serving Philly and making it a better place.”

Spruce’s board members are responding to this call to action by taking on philanthropic responsibility. The young professionals who make up the board raise the funds to issue grants each year through individual donations and event revenue; they also do the work to assess grant applications to identify the most progressive and sustainable nonprofit programs in the city.

Relevant dates information regarding the current grant cycle can be found here:

  • Grant applications are being accepted for the current grant cycle until 11:59pm on Monday, January 16, 2017.
  • Spruce Foundation will be hosting an information session at 6:15pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the La Colombe in Penn Square, in order to answer any questions that potential applicants may have.

About Spruce Foundation: Spruce Foundation is an all-volunteer, next-gen-led non-profit based in Philadelphia. Spruce is focused on cultivating the next generation of philanthropists through community giving and grantmaking in support of Philadelphia’s youth. In 2016, the Spruce Foundation proudly supported the following Philadelphia-based organizations: Portside Arts Center, Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Greener Partners, and Girls Rock Philly.

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