Community Foundation Announces Anthony Morris, Esq. as 2020 Door Opener Award Winner

Photo caption: Anthony Morris, Esq.

(West Chester, PA – October 13, 2020):

Each year the Chester County Community Foundation grants the Door Opener Award to a professional advisor who brings legacy philanthropy to the attention of their clients and colleagues. The Community Foundation is pleased to spotlight Anthony Morris, Esq. as this year’s Door Opener. He will be recognized at the virtual 26th Annual Meeting on October 26th for his distinguished efforts in opening doors to legacy philanthropy.

CEO Karen Simmons explains, “Part of the reason that Tony Morris was chosen to serve as our Board Chair for the past two years is due to the low-key way he introduced the Community Foundation as an option for the past decade. As Chair, Tony was even more vocal about the Community Foundation. Now that his tenure as Chair is up, it’s high time we bestow this award upon Tony.”

Chair of the Trusts and Estates Department at Buckley, Brion, McGuire & Morris LLP, Tony focuses on Wills & Trusts; Estate Planning & Administration; Small Business Transactions & Succession Planning; as well as Banking Transactions, Loan Documentation & Work-Out.

Tony has served as a board member of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry; served as board member of the Wealth Advisory Board of DNB First; served as president of the Chester County Bar Association; completed a three-year term as a Hearing Committee Member on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA; and worked as a member of the PA Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

Photo caption: Door Opener Award

Tony and his wife Betty are actively involved in the community as volunteers with United Way of Chester County; Handi-Crafters; Episcopal Academy; and First Presbyterian Church of West Chester. Tony also served on Chester County’s first 911 Commission.

Tony and Betty created the Nicholas MacElree Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation in 2005 to honor their dear friend. As Tony explains, “Nick and I were friends since childhood. While I attended Dickinson College and Nick attended Gettysburg College, we kept in close touch. I was impressed by the way Nick treated other people and lived his life.” Betty adds, “It is our honor to continue to shine Nick’s light in a world he loved so much. Through the grants we make with his Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation, Nick’s spirit lives on.”

Tony will be honored at the Community Foundation’s 26th Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually on Monday, October 26, 2020. There will be afternoon and evening showings at 12:15pm and 4:15pm. To RSVP and commemorate the 2020 honoree, visit:

About the Chester County Community Foundation
Headquartered in West Chester’s historic Lincoln Building, the Chester County Community Foundation connects people who care with the causes that matter so their legacy philanthropy makes a difference now and forever. The Community Foundation holds nearly $65 million in trust and annually awards $3.5 million in grants and scholarships.