Berks County Community Foundation, Inc.

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Reading, PA   |  www.bccf.org

Mission

The mission of Berks County Community Foundation is to promote philanthropy and improve the quality of life for the residents of Berks County, Pennsylvania.

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Ruling year info

1994

President

Mr. Kevin K Murphy

Main address

237 Court Street

Reading, PA 19601 USA

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EIN

23-2769892

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Berks County Community Foundation was founded in 1994 to help individuals, families, organizations and businesses achieve their charitable objectives and improve the quality of life for the residents of Berks County. Many of those objectives have been met by establishing funds at the Community Foundation that have specific purposes. Since that time, the Community Foundation has grown to manage hundreds of charitable funds. Each year, those funds distribute scholarships and grants to support local students and assist a variety of nonprofit organizations and causes.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants and scholarships

Berks County Community Foundation was founded in 1994 to help individuals, families, organizations and businesses achieve their charitable objectives and improve the quality of life for the residents of Berks County. Since that time, the Community Foundation has grown to manage hundreds of charitable funds. Each year, those funds distribute scholarships and grants to support local students and assist a variety of nonprofit organizations and causes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundations National Standards

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Foundations - Member

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Grants and scholarships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Board and staff members set discretionary initiatives through a periodic strategic planning process. The Community Foundation's discretionary funds and other resources support these priorities.

Discretionary initiatives change over time. During the 2019-2021 pandemic, our focus turned to supporting local nonprofits through that time.

Prior to the pandemic, the foundation's (FY 2014 – FY 2019) discretionary initiatives were as follows:

1. Reposition Reading as a sustainable, vital city in the heart of Berks County

2. Develop and implement an initiative that has a meaningful impact on the arts in Berks County

3. Develop and implement an initiative that has a meaningful impact on educational attainment in Berks County

4. Develop and implement an initiative to strengthen community leadership among key organizations

5. Develop and implement an initiative that encourages data-driven decision making to support community revitalization, particularly in Reading

Initiative: Reposition Reading as a sustainable, vital city in the heart of Berks County.
Rationale: A vibrant downtown, strong civic leadership and an educated workforce attract, create and retain family-sustaining jobs that in turn lead to a better quality of life for residents.

Initiative: Support, promote and fund the arts in Berks County, both downtown and in regions of the county that report lower participation in such activities.
Rationale: If existing arts and culture organizations bring their programming out of the establishment, they will reach a larger audience and expose more people to creative activities.

Initiative: Increase the percentage of Berks County residents who hold high school diplomas, trade/program certificates, and bachelor's degrees.
Rationale: An educated workforce attracts, creates and retains family-sustaining jobs that in turn lead to a better quality of life for residents.

Initiative: Strengthen community leadership among key organizations.
Rationale: Berks County needs more organizations to step up and drive leadership programs or projects in order to bring meaningful community change.

Initiative: Assist with the revitalization of Berks County communities, particularly Reading, by encouraging the use of data in planning and decision-making.
Rationale: Communities that plan based on data rather than hunches or opinions are better able to address the challenges they face and begin to improve.

Mission
The mission of Berks County Community Foundation is to promote philanthropy and improve the quality of life for the residents of Berks County.

Values
Berks County Community Foundation is dedicated to the following values:

• Impact: We make a difference.
Every grant we make and action we take is meant to make life better and serve the greater good.

• Transparency: We're an open book.
Our work – including our processes, financial information, results and history - is transparent and open to review and scrutiny by the community.

• Integrity: We honor our commitments.
We are stewards of the legacies of the members of our community who entrusted their charitable gifts and intentions with us to carry out forever.

• Excellence: We exceed expectations.
We always look for ways to do more, be better and hold ourselves to a higher standard.

• Evidence: We respect facts.
We make decisions based on the best facts we can find. Sometimes new facts will emerge that will force us to rethink long-held beliefs.

We're bringing people downtown with events like the Reading Fire + Ice Fest, the Downtown Alive free concert series and arts programming. There is growing interest in the economy of Penn Street.

The city has adopted the Complete Streets principles.

More people are reporting they have access to the arts.

Vital Signs reports continue to be created on a regular basis to gauge progress on several issues.

We are also providing critical support to local nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Nonprofits and individuals in need in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We approved three new programs to guide nonprofits into a post-pandemic era: https://bccf.org/post-pandemic-programs-2021/

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Berks County Community Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Alfred Weber

Tweed-Banks-Weber

Term: 2020 - 2022

Jay Wagner

Stevens and Lee

Eric Burkey

Burkey Group

P. Michael Ehlerman

Yuasa Battery Inc.

Stephen Fritz

VF Outlet Inc.

Elaine McDevitt

The Rose Corporation

Ramona Turpin

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks Inc.

Al Weber

Tweed-Weber Inc.

Michael Mixell

Barley Snyder

Gabriela Raful

Galfand Berger, LLP

Susan Denaro

Georgeadis Setley

Bala Peterson

WarnerMedia

Kevin Murphy

Berks County Community Foundation

Vicki Ebner

East Penn Manufacturing

Lyn Camella-Rich

Retired

Michael Rowley

Herbein + Company, Inc.

Douglas Smith

Mid Penn Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/03/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data