Mission | History

At the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, we know and believe that the healthiest people live in communities where generosity and giving back are core values. We are the largest independent public foundation serving Delaware County and are one of 780 community foundations across the United States.  As a community foundation, we encourage Delaware Countians to establish Donor Advised Funds and other philanthropic vehicles with us, and make grants and run programs to improve the health and quality of life of the more than 560,000 residents living on the western edge of Philadelphia.  The generous support of individuals, the business community, government entities and other foundations enables our 60 staff members to make grants and run programs focused on improving maternal and children’s health, and providing funding to support hospice, home care and those living with cancer.

From headquarters in Media and offices in Upper Darby, Chester, and Springfield, the Foundation is also proud to run such prestigious, evidence-based programs as Healthy Start, the WIC nutrition program, Nurse-Family PartnershipDrug Free CommunitiesEl Centro (a Hispanic resource center), and a health resource center.

The new Foundation began operating July 1, 2016, when Crozer-Keystone Health System was acquired by the for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. When such acquisitions occur, federal law requires that the nonprofit assets of the original entity are set aside in a fully separate and independent charity.

The name of the new Foundation pays tribute both to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, originally Crozer Hospital, and Keystone Health System, former owner of Delaware County Memorial Hospital. However, the Foundation is independent of the health system and, in fact, may not financially assist the new health system or its owner, Prospect. The Foundation is proud to continue a tradition of support for community needs that extends back almost 35 years and was recognized with the prestigious Foster G. McGaw Prize for community-serving programs in 2014.