Frequently Asked Questions

What is a community foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt, grantmaking organizations that serve the charitable purpose of improving the lives of people in the communities they serve. They are supported by a broad base of community members, which is demonstrated by the varied composition of revenue. These organizations bring together and leverage the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support projects and initiatives led by effective nonprofits, and identify solutions for persistent issues. They are nonprofit, autonomous, nonsectarian philanthropic institutions supported by local citizens with long-term goals of:

  1. BUILDING permanent, component funds established by many separate donors to carry out charitable interests;
  2. SUPPORTING broad-based charitable interests and benefitting the residents of a defined geographic area; and
  3. SERVING in leadership roles on important community issues.

Community foundations play a key role in identifying and solving community problems. In 2011, they gave an estimated $4.3 billion to nonprofit activities in fields that included health and human services, the environment, disaster relief, and arts and education.

Can I donate to this new foundation?

Absolutely. The Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation is the community foundation for Delaware County, and is a not-for-profit entity able to accept tax-deductible contributions.

How can I make a donation to a Crozer-Keystone Health System hospitals, hospice or home care?

Since its acquisition by Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. Crozer-Keystone Health System cannot accept charitable donations. We urge you to consider making a donation to the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, which continues to provide for the health, social, and educational needs of the people of Delaware County.

What happened to the money I donated to the Crozer-Chester Foundation or Delco Memorial Foundation in the past?

If your money was not already spent to ensure that our community had state-of-the-art facilities to meet the healthcare needs of the people of Delaware County, it was transferred to the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation to help meet the health, education and social needs of the people of Delaware County.

Does Crozer-Keystone Health System or Prospect Medical Holdings control this foundation or get any of the donated money?

No. The Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation is independent of the health system, Prospect, or any other organization.

What happened to the events, like the Gala and Girls’ Night Out?

The new foundation has a busy year planned, with a launch event on March 1, 2018, a Golf Tournament on May 21, 2018, and the 20th anniversary of Girls Night Out planned for October 8, 2018 at the Springfield Country Club.

Sign up for the foundation’s e-newsletter for up-to-date info and news about ways you too can get involved and give back to your Delaware County community.

How do I apply for grants or funding from the new foundation?

Processes for considering new grants and programs are still under development, and will be announced in late April, 2018 on our website and in our e-newsletter. Sign up here to keep up to date.

My will contains a donation to one of the old foundations. Do I need to change my will?

You may. Please contact us and we will be happy to work with you or your advisor to provide information or assistance with planned gifts.