Dec 04


The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) is pleased to award Wilson College $16,000 to be used for educational purposes. Wilson College’s mission is to empower students through an engaged, collaborative, liberal arts education which combines the skills and focused study needed for success in work and life. Through a close, supportive community that develops the mind and character of all students, Wilson College prepares students to meet the challenges of a global society. Since 2015, 18 students have been awarded TERF scholarships to continue their education. In alignment with their mission to support and promote equine education by supporting… Read More »

Nov 06


The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) is pleased to award the Belmont Childcare Association, Inc. (BCCA) $10,000 to be used for educational purposes. The mission of the BCCA is to provide a safe, supportive, and academically inspiring environment for the children of parents working in the Thoroughbred racing backstretch area located at New York’s historic Belmont Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, and Saratoga Race Course. BCCA received funds from TERF in 2019 which were used to fund their early childhood education program. In alignment with their mission to support and promote equine education by supporting organizations that are educating the public… Read More »

Oct 26


(West Chester, PA – October 23, 2020) : The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) is pleased to award $ 14,000 to the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine to be used to support the Opportunity Scholarship Fund for student scholarships. Photo Caption: This image is an example of New Bolton Center’s standing robotic imaging computed tomography (CT) system in action. New Bolton Center was the first veterinary teaching hospital in the world to deploy the standing robotic CT imaging system and is just the second veterinary hospital in the world to implement the use of an equine PET… Read More »

Oct 14

Robert E. Rigg, CIC, CPCU, CLU Named Emeritus Board Member of Community Foundation

Photo caption: Robert E. Rigg, CIC, CPCU, CLU (West Chester, PA – October 14, 2020) – Local community leader Robert E. Rigg, CIC, CPCU, CLU has been named an Emeritus Board Member of the Chester County Community Foundation. The title “Director Emeritus” honors those retiring directors who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and success of the Community Foundation. Partner of Rigg-Darlington Group, Bob is an active community volunteer and philanthropic leader.  Since 2008, Bob has been a friend and passionate supporter of the Community Foundation. He has served as Board Chair, Chair of the Investment Committee, a member… Read More »

Oct 13

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… Read More »

Oct 09

County Commissioners Approve $3.5 Million in COVID-19 Grants for Resilient, Innovative Chester County Nonprofits

Commissioners and Chester County Community Foundation in front of historic Lincoln Building, West Chester, PA. Left to right: Karen Simmons, President & CEO, CCCF; Beth Harper Briglia, CAP, CPA, Exec V. P. of Philanthropy Services; Commissioner Josh Maxwell; Michael DeHaven, CPA, Chair of the Board; Commissioner Marian Moskowitz; Commissioner Michelle Kichline. (West Chester, PA – October 9, 2020): Recognizing the importance of the nonprofit sector to the high quality of life throughout the region, the Chester County Commissioners approved the allocation of $3.5 million to help Chester County nonprofits recover from the impact of COVID-19. The Restore Chester County: Nonprofit… Read More »

Oct 07

Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation Awards $4,000 to the Retired Racehorse Project

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) is pleased to award the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) $4,000 to be used for educational purposes. The RRP’s mission is to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the equestrian marketplace and educating equestrians to provide the training that secures their future. The driving force behind everything the RRP does is educating the public, especially equestrians and equine enthusiasts, about the potential and versatility of off-track Thoroughbreds as riding and competition horses. The RRP does this through their popular Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, as well… Read More »


Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation Awards $108,000 in Grants

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) is pleased to award $108,000 in grants to nine organizations. With the vision and mission of bettering the life of Thoroughbred, TERF primarily aims to support students in pursuit of education in Equine Medicine and to fund research efforts which better the life of the Thoroughbred horse. The Board of Directors of TERF carefully selected this year’s grant recipients in a competitive grantmaking process. The missions and programs of the organizations selected to receive this year’s grant awards reflect TERF’s strategic focus and vision as recently affirmed in a comprehensive strategic planning process…. Read More »

Aug 21

“FOOD FOR THOUGHT” BOARD TRUSTEE EDITION GOES DIGITAL THIS SEPTEMBER “Back to School” for nonprofit board and staff on Zoom

(West Chester, PA – August 21, 2020): This fall, the Chester County Community Foundation is proud to invite nonprofit board and staff members “Back to School” to join Food For Thought: Board Trustee Edition. The program, formerly held in person and known as the Board Trustee Institute, will take place weekly on Zoom, Tuesdays at 4:00 pm from September 15th – October 22nd. Developing an effective board is essential for the success of any nonprofit organization. It is vital to cultivate board members’ understanding of all aspects of nonprofit leadership. By doing this, board members can direct their nonprofit to… Read More »

Jul 28


(West Chester, PA – July 28, 2020): The Chester County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2020 – 2021 Peer Learning Circles.  The Circles are designed for individuals in the Nonprofit Executive Director, Nonprofit Development Manager, and Planned Giving Professional Fields. A skilled facilitator with extensive knowledge of the nonprofit sector will manage the process and discussion for each Peer Learning Circle. Groups are confidential, supportive and focused on learning and action. Executive Directors and Development Managers will meet for 8 prescheduled 1.5 hour sessions between October 2020 & June 2020 and Connie Carter, CFRE of Sylvia/Carter and… Read More »

Jun 30


Funders Work Together to Fund the Neediest Nonprofits and Strengthen Local Communities (WEST CHESTER, PA – June 30, 2020) – Funders in Chester County have joined forces to provide much needed coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid response funds to organizations serving the community. To date, Chester County based funders have awarded over $1.5 million in immediate grants to Chester County based nonprofit organizations.  Responding to the increased demand for funding from essential nonprofits, local foundations raised funding from their charitable partners and designated internal funds to fill these critical needs. Grant funding has been directed to nonprofits who have responded to Chester… Read More »

Jun 25

Ruch Family Foundation Awards Richard R. Ruch Scholarship to Deserving College Student

West Chester, PA – June 25, 2020: Chester County Community Foundation (CCCF) is pleased to hold in trust the inaugural Richard R. Ruch scholarship awarded by the Ruch Family Foundation. In memory of Randy Ruch’s late son, Richard, a $5000 scholarship per year for up to 4 years will now be awarded to deserving children of and/or employees of Schuylkill Valley Sports (SVS). The Richard R. Ruch inaugural scholarship recipient is Bethany Stern, an incoming junior at Penn State Berks, majoring in business management and marketing with an emphasis on finance. Not only is Bethany’s father the district manager of… Read More »

Jun 03

Virtual Celebration of Board Leadership

Celebrate the Community Foundation’s Exceptional Board Leadership photo caption (left to right): Michael DeHaven, CPA and Anthony Morris, Esq. (WEST CHESTER, PA – June 3, 2020) – The Chester County Community Foundation is proud to announce its week-long Virtual Celebration of Board Leadership. The virtual celebration honors Outgoing Board Chair, Anthony “Tony” Morris, Esq., and welcomes Incoming Board Chair, Michael “Mike” DeHaven, CPA. The Community Foundation also welcomes new board members and thanks those who have completed their board service. The celebration takes place on the Community Foundation’s social media from Wednesday, June 24th to Wednesday, July 1st. The Community… Read More »

Jun 01

10 Reasons to Join our Virtual Celebration

Join the Chester County Community Foundation for a Virtual Celebration of CCCF’s Board Leadership. This week-long celebration honors Outgoing Board Chair Anthony Morris, Esq. and welcomes Incoming Board Chair Michael DeHaven, CPA. Just because we can’t celebrate in person does not mean we can’t have a little fun! TUNE INTO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES TO JOIN THE CELEBRATION             10 Reasons to Join our Virtual Celebration (10) Connect with the Community Foundation from the comfort and safety of your home. via GIPHY (9) No need to dress up in heels or a suit jacket, stay comfy in your pajamas… Read More »

Apr 07


Food Connect to receive $50,000 in additional grant funds to help feed those in urgent need PHILADELPHIA, April 2, 2020 — The Barra Foundation (Barra) is immediately dedicating $520,000 in grants to respond to the short-term needs of the region’s nonprofit organizations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants enable Wayne-based Barra to reach nonprofits throughout the five-county region.  The foundation is also considering ways to address the recovery issues and longer-term needs that will arise as organizations continue to deal with the public health and economic crises. As one of its immediate-responses, Barra has made one-time grant payments of $2,500… Read More »

Mar 17

Chester County Community Foundation: Event Cancellation and Rapid Recovery Fund Announcement

Protecting the community amid growing concerns over COVID-19 (West Chester, PA – March 17, 2020) – During these unprecedented times, the Chester County Community Foundation is extremely thankful for the charitable generosity and continued trust of the community. Increased social distancing, shutdowns, quarantines, health concerns and economic concerns impact us all. To help, the Community Foundation would like to announce the cancellation of a cherished event, and the creation of a recovery fund to help organizations that work with the most vulnerable people in Chester County. In accordance with official social distancing recommendations from the Chester County Health Department, Sweet… Read More »

Jan 31


January 31, 2020 – The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) is pleased to award New Bolton Center $14,285 for the University of Pennsylvania Opportunity Scholarship. Established in 1998 by Dr. Charles W. Raker, V’42, the University of Pennsylvania Opportunity Scholarship provides veterinary students with financial assistance and mentorships. Over 270 scholarships have been awarded since its inception. In alignment with their mission to support and promote equine education and research by sponsoring scholarships in veterinary medicine and supporting organizations that are educating the public in the proper care of horses TERF continues to assist the New Bolton Center in… Read More »

Jan 28

Culture Builds Community in Chester County

(WEST CHESTER, PA – January 28, 2020) – The Chester County Community foundation is proud to introduce the Cultural Alliance of Chester County (CACC). CACC will work to increase awareness and promote the creative sector as an integral part of economic and social development in the local area. According to Stephenie Stevens, Community Engagement Officer at the Chester County Community Foundation, “the alliance is here to elevate the profile of Chester County’s arts and culture sector by strengthening the connections local organizations have to each other. We will work with the industry and the larger community to build engagement, audiences,… Read More »