Chester County Community Foundation, Inc.

For Good. Forever.

West Chester, PA   |  http://www.chescocf.org

Mission

The Chester County Community Foundation connects people who care with the causes that matter, so their philanthropy makes a difference now and forever.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Karen Simmons

Main address

28 W Market St The Lincoln Bldg

West Chester, PA 19382 USA

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EIN

23-2773822

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

Growing legacy philanthropy by engaging people in the community, creating legacy funds, and making diligent grants

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?

Philanthropy

Community Leadership: community issues research, convening, partnering & collaborative solutions
Family Philanthropy Services: family values meetings, community issues, site visits, due diligence, great grants
Nonprofit Services: capacity building, planned giving, & endowment building
Professional Advisor Outreach: attorneys, accountants, wealth managers

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundations National Standards 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Foundations - Member 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Provide exceptional donor services that cultivate inspired giving
• Donor services: personalized services, increasing current and planned gifts to core Foundation support and the Community Foundation family of funds
• Donor education: share trends, needs, connections; connect donors with local needs and nonprofits addressing those needs

Expand the cultivation pipeline
• Constantly bring in new people who want to be more involved in philanthropy
• Diversify fund advisors
• Emphasize engaging and fun experiences
• Invest in and engage in personal relationship-building

Build a culture of high-impact giving and nonprofits in Chester County
• Position the Community Foundation as the voice of Chester County philanthropy
• Increase the region’s general understanding of philanthropy
• Initiate action research on priority community needs
• Build the capacity of Chester County nonprofits via endowment growth

Invest in institutional sustainability
• Build the Community Foundation’s operating endowment & operating reserve
• Cultivate philanthropic leadership within the Community Foundation and the community
• Invest in internal infrastructure (staff, Board, technology, communications)

Provide exceptional donor services that cultivate inspired giving
• Donor services: personalized services, increasing current and planned gifts to core Foundation support and the Community Foundation family of funds
• Donor education: share trends, needs, connections; connect donors with local needs and nonprofits addressing those needs

Expand the cultivation pipeline
• Constantly bring in new people who want to be more involved in philanthropy
• Diversify fund advisors
• Emphasize engaging and fun experiences
• Invest in and engage in personal relationship-building

Build a culture of high-impact giving and nonprofits in Chester County
• Position the Community Foundation as the voice of Chester County philanthropy
• Increase the region’s general understanding of philanthropy
• Initiate action research on priority community needs
• Build the capacity of Chester County nonprofits via endowment growth

Invest in institutional sustainability
• Build the Community Foundation’s operating endowment & operating reserve
• Cultivate philanthropic leadership within the Community Foundation and the community
• Invest in internal infrastructure (staff, Board, technology, communications)

The Community Foundation strives for unequivocal excellence in all aspects, holding service to our constituencies above all else. The Community Foundation is:
• passionate, enlightening, illuminating, informative and inspiring about the power of philanthropy to address community needs, now and forever
• inclusive, collaboratively engaging a broad constituency to grow philanthropy for immediate and long-term legacy purposes
• proactive, future-oriented and forward-looking
• responsive, accessible, convenient, user-friendly, efficient, and solution-oriented
• accountable to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, stewardship, transparency and professionalism

Our vision is a compassionate community engaged in sustainable philanthropy, advanced by the premier charitable leader in Chester County—the Community Foundation.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    families, nonprofits

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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?

    modified Food for Thought to include not just nonprofit capacity building management & governance topics, but also started a Social Justice, Diversity/Equity/Accessibility Food for Thought Series.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    They drive us to pivot and keep flexible

  • 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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Chester County Community Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael DeHaven, CPA

Rainer & Co.

Term: 2020 - 2022

John Featherman, III, Esq.

Carol Ware

1675 Foundation

Eva Verplanck, Ph.D.

Charles Huston

Huston Foundation

Louis Beccaria, Ph.D.

Phoenixville Community Health Foundation

Madeleine Wing Adler, Ph.D.

Retired President, West Chester University

Wiggie Featherman

Cynthia Ray, CPA

West Chester University Foundation

Anthony Morris, Esq.

Buckley Brion McGuire Morris & Sommer

Robert Rigg, CIC, CLU

Rigg Darlington Group

Karen Simmons

Chester County Community Foundation

Winifred Sebastian, Esq.

McMichael, Heiney & Sebastian

Michael Horak, CFA

Joanne Peskoff Bear, Esq.

Kathy Dean-Bradley, CPA

Belfint Lyons & Shuman

Michael DeHaven, CPA

Rainer & Co.

Denise Antonelli, Esq.

Gawthrop Greenwood

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 03/18/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability