Brandywine Health Foundation announces more than $800K in grants

Dr. Erica Turner, treating one of the young pediatric patients at ChesPenn Health Services, a federally qualified health center located in the Brandywine Center in downtown Coatesville.

COATESVILLE — The Brandywine Health Foundation has announced 30 grants totaling $824,000, bringing the Foundation’s total giving since it began awarding grants and scholarships in 2002 to more than $16.5 million.

The Coatesville community has an extraordinary and impressive group of non-profit agencies providing high quality, critical services to its neighbors. Vanessa Briggs, President and CEO remarked, “The foundation continues to take the lead in partnering with non-profit organizations doing transformational work on behalf of our neighbors here in the greater Coatesville community.  We remain committed to creating a culture of health and making Coatesville a greater place to live, work, play and pray through the foundation’s strategic priorities: health equity, healthy youth and healthy community.” The foundation’s grantmaking committee led by Margaret Rivello, vice chair, Brandywine Health Foundation, carefully reviewed several dozen proposals which led to the foundation’s Board of Directors unanimous approval of each of the community grants below.

We extend our congratulations to the following non-profit agencies and community organizations receiving FY 2018 grants from the Brandywine Health Foundation.

Priority 1, Health Equity – Ensure that every resident of the Greater Coatesville community has the opportunity to make choices that will allow them to live a long and healthy life, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, income or background.

  1. Community Volunteers in Medicine ($10,000)
  2. Human Services, Inc. ($40,000)
  3. Maternal and Child Health Consortium ($45,000)
  4. Public Citizens for Children & Youth (PCCY) ($5,000)
  5. Pennsylvania Health Access Network ($7,500)
  6. Valley Youth House ($5,000)
  7. Volunteer English Program in Chester County ($7,000)

Priority 2, Healthy Youth – Empower youth aged 12 – 24 in our community to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, cultivate leadership skills and experience, and achieve their goals for the future.     

  1. The Bridge Academy and Community Center ($7,500)
  2. Chester County Futures ($5,000)
  3. Coatesville Youth Initiative ($75,000)
  4. The Parkesburg POINT ($5,000)
  5. Youth Mentoring Partnership ($5,000)

Priority 3, Healthy Community – Improve community conditions that help impact the health of everyone in Greater Coatesville.  


  1. Chester County Food Bank ($20,000)
  2. Coatesville Area Public Library ($25,000)
  3. Coatesville Partners for Progress ($10,000)
  4. Coatesville Area Senior Center ($5,000)
  5. The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County ($10,000)
  6. Good Works, Inc. ($7,000)
  7. Home of the Sparrow ($6,000)
  8. Support Center for Child Advocates ($5,000)

First Responders

  1. Chester County Economic Development Foundation, Chester County Public Safety Training Facility ($13,000)
  2. Keystone Valley Fire Department ($4,000)
  3. Washington Hose Company No 1 ($3,000)

Multi-year pledge commitment through 2020:

  1. ChesPenn Health Services ($312,000 in Fiscal Year 2018; total grant $870,000)

Multi-year pledge commitments through Fiscal Year 2018:

  1. Chester County Health Department’s Nurse-Family Partnership ($10,000)
  2. Child Guidance Resource Centers ($75,000)
  3. Coatesville Center for Community Health ($12,000)
  4. Domestic Violence Center of Chester County ($20,000)
  5. Family Service of Chester County ($20,000)
  6. Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA’s Coatesville Health Center ($50,000)

TOTAL: $824,000

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