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Eastburn Community Service Award ~ Nominations Open

Community members are invited and encouraged to nominate a deserving Chester County resident to receive the Eastburn Community Service Award, presented each year in memory of Jane and Al Eastburn, both of whom served the Coatesville area as non-profit leaders with distinction.

With the encouragement and initial funding of Dallas Krapf and the Krapf Bus Co., the Eastburn Community Service Award was established in 2016 by the Brandywine Health Foundation’s board of directors, in recognition of Jane and Al Eastburn’s service to the Coatesville area through their leadership of various boards and community organizations over several decades, including Brandywine Hospital, the Visiting Nurses Association, the Coatesville Area Public Library, the YMCA, Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, Coatesville Area Partners for Progress, and the Brandywine Health Foundation. “Al Eastburn and his wife Jane, literally gave their whole lives to the community and worked hard to make Coatesville a better place for everyone,” commented Dallas Krapf, Co-Chairman of the Board, Krapf Bus Companies. “After Jane and then Al passed away, I wanted something to be done every year so they would be recognized for their lifelong commitment to the community.”


The Eastburn Community Service Award will be given to an individual who has and/or still gives back to the Coatesville community, making a positive difference with their time, energy, expertise.  While philanthropic support is an added benefit, it is not the most significant factor.

Priority will be given to those who:

  • help/support non-profits in the Coatesville community,
  • volunteer their time and talents in the Coatesville area,
  • serve as mentors to help develop future volunteer leaders for our community,
  • have a consistently positive outlook on the future of the Coatesville community,
  • and persevere through challenges and setbacks.


March 17:      One page letters due to the attention of Dana M. Heiman, Interim CEO, Brandywine Health Foundation, 50 South 1st Avenue, Coatesville, PA 19320 or as a pdf attachment                sent to

April 7:           Notification to recipient of this award, with a request that they designate a non-profit  serving the Coatesville area to receive the grant of $2,500.

May 24:          Presentation of the award to the honoree and the grant to the designated non-profit at the Brandywine Health Foundation’s Garden Party.

Download the nomination form: Eastburn Community Service Award.Nomination form

2017 Garden Party

Join us for this very special evening as we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Garden Party and kick off the Strawberry Festival presented by KeyBank and PECO.

“Moonlight in Morocco”

Wednesday May 24, 2017 ~ 6-9 pm

Experience the sweet, spicy flavors of Morocco and the exotic transformation of Springbank Farm, the beautiful home of Jennifer and Robert McNeil. Enjoy cocktails and a light supper with old friends and new. Indulge in the popular “Battle of the Berries at Brandywine” sponsored by Univest ~ Banking, Insurance, Investments. Cap off the evening with a brilliant fireworks display!

The annual Garden Party is the most important fundraising events for the Brandywine Health Foundation. Funds raised from this very popular event are invested in organizations that help our neighbors in Coatesville live healthier lives, inspire our young people through programs like the Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program, create a safe, vibrant community with projects like the “Greening Coatesville” Initiative, and allows us to respond to that next great project or program around the corner.

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Sponsors at the $1,000 level and above are invited to a Private VIP Reception on Thursday, April 20th at the stunning new home of our friends and board member, Sam Slater and Lornie Forbes.

There are just a few more exclusive sponsorship opportunities left that offer increased visibility and marketing. For more information, contact Jill Whitcomb, Vice President for Development and Communication at: 610.380.9080 x103 or email.

We’re Open for Grant Proposals

Young Coatesville Philanthropists Request Proposals for $15,000 Available To Fund Local Groups That Enhance LGBTQ Health Education and Services

 The Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program (CAYPP) of the Brandywine Health Foundation announced that they are requesting proposals from organizations dedicated to providing LGBTQ sexual health education and services in the greater Coatesville area.  Initiated during the summer of 2015 by the foundation, CAYPP is the first program to allow youth to direct significant philanthropic donations in the greater Coatesville area. Their philanthropic endeavors are being funded by a generous donation of $100,000 from Citadel, which will support the program for a total of five years. “Putting dollars into the CAYPP members’ hands and letting them figure out what to do with it, has been and will continue to be a great experience, not only for them but for all the organizations they interact with” says Jeff March, Citadel’s president and CEO.

The fifteen Coatesville area youth, young men and women between the ages of 14 -18, who were accepted into this exciting youth philanthropy program, identified and determined a significant area of need in their community.  They met regularly during the fall and winter to learn how philanthropy works, and researched and discussed a myriad of possible philanthropic goals to improve their community before deciding to fund programs that focus on the LGBTQ community. Later this spring, after a review of applications and site visits, the CAYPP members will award $15,000 in grants in the range of $5,000-$10,000 to eligible organizations to support programs that provide LGBTQ sexual health education and services.

“It’s really been a great way to teach the youth about philanthropy and the network of non-profit organizations in the Coatesville area that work together to support their community,” says Alyson Ferguson, MPH, the program’s director as well as the grant-making director for the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. Adds Brittany Briskus, a CASH senior and member of CAYPP, “As youth philanthropists I think we are able to bring a lot of different and unique perspectives to the foundation.”

The grant application is available here or you may call 610-380-9080.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after the set deadline will not be considered.

“As a returning member, I know the decision making process is a huge responsibility and I am excited to expand upon our experiences and ideas with the new members,” says CAYPP member Jared Elters Dempsey, a junior at CASH.  “I anticipate another great year, with us pushing ourselves to be good stewards of Citadel’s generous contribution.”

We’re Hiring

Brandywine Health Foundation is seeking a candidate to fill the current vacancy of Chief Executive Officer.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated prior successful senior leadership and management responsibilities with a strong reputation as a successful leader.  Prior experience and success in fundraising, as well as managing a board of directors are essential.

Position Overview

The CEO of BHF, with governance from the Board and input from staff, determines and ensures the execution of the overall organizational vision, strategic direction, operating and fiscal policies to ensure successful fulfillment of BHF’s mission.  S/he will strengthen BHF’s established reputation by further building, maintaining and nurturing a network of influential contacts relevant to BHF’s mission.  S/he will continue to develop the organization’s cohesion and visibility.  The CEO will have overall responsibility for leadership, policy development, community programs direction, fundraising, operations, and the financial integrity of the organization. The CEO reports to the Board of Directors.

 Position Responsibilities

  • Resource Development and Strategy
  • External Relations/Communications
  • Fiscal/Fiduciary Management/Operations
  • Human Resources

Critical Skills/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in health, social services, business, public administration preferred.
  • 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector and/or philanthropy.
  • Possess an understanding of current philanthropic and public relations interests of individuals, foundations, charities, and corporations in the community.
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising/asset development activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively develop, design and execute strategic grant-making initiatives.
  • Experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in philanthropy preferred.

 For a full position description, and to apply please contact Criterion Search Group, Inc. or (610) 581-0590

Medication Drop Boxes a Success

Since Medication Collection Boxes were installed at five local police departments, residents disposed of 2839.8 pounds of unwanted and expired drugs for proper, environmentally safe disposal. The public-private partnership that established the drop boxes in March 2014, consists of the Brandywine Health Foundation, Coatesville Youth Initiative (CYI), Pennsylvania American Water and local law enforcement in the City of Coatesville, Caln Township, West Brandywine Township, West Caln Township and Valley Township.

The secure drop boxes are located at the five police departments for the public to deposit unused, excess or expired prescription medications. The police departments provide this service to the community at large, enabling any person to drop unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Pounds of Prescription Medication Collected by Year:

2016-  945lbs

2015- 1,094.8 lbs.

2014 -800 lbs

Grants Awarded to Area Non-Profits

Twenty four grants totaling $441,000 have been awarded to non-profit organizations serving the Greater Coatesville community.  This brings the Foundation’s total giving since it began awarding grants and scholarships in 2002 to $16,229,093 in the Foundation’s Fifteenth Anniversary year.

Our community is very fortunate to have so many strong and effective non-profits here in Coatesville.  I applaud the efforts of our grantmaking committee, led by Margaret Rivello, Executive Director of the Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania and former Director of the Chester County Health Department.  This committee’s thoughtful and detailed review of each proposal led to the foundation’s Board of Directors unanimous approval of 24 critically important grants,” commented Dana Heiman, Interim CEO.  Since 2001, the Brandywine Health Foundation has had a transformational impact on some of the toughest national problems right here in our local community.  Heiman continued, “Our dynamic board and talented staff are committed to helping build a greater Coatesville through our grantmaking, programs, and partnerships focused on the foundation’s strategic priorities:  health equity, healthy youth, and healthy community.”

The Brandywine Health Foundation believes everyone deserves to be healthy and to grow up in a vibrant community.  The challenge is that the greater Coatesville area has significant disparities in health based on race, income, ethnicity, and geography.  The foundation is changing lives and building a healthy community be:  investing in organizations that help people live healthier lives; investing in our young people; investing in projects that help Coatesville thrive; and bringing community members together to develop new solutions and new leaders for positive and lasting change in Coatesville.

Congratulations to the following non-profit agencies and community organizations receiving FY 2017 grants from the Brandywine Health Foundation.

Brandywine YMCA ($14,160)

Chester County Food Bank ($20,000)

The Chester County Hospital Capital Campaign ($2,500)

Chester County Health Department’s Nurse-Family Partnership ($10,000)

     Second year of a three year/ 10,000 per year grant

Chester County Public Safety Training Facility ($40,000)

     Fifth year of a five year grant

Child Guidance Resource Centers ($70,000)

     Second year of a three year grant, receiving $75,000 in 2018

Coatesville Area Public Library ($5,000)

Coatesville Center for Community Health ($12,000)

     Second year of a three year/ $12,000 per year grant

Coatesville Youth Initiative ($60,000)

Community Volunteers in Medicine ($8,500)

The Crime Victim’s Center of Chester County ($7,500)

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County ($20,000)

     Two year grant of 20,000 per year in 2017 and 2018

Family Service of Chester County ($19,000)

     Second year of a three year grant, receiving $20,000 in 2018

Home of the Sparrow ($6,000)

Human Services Inc. ($25,000)

Keystone Valley Fire Department ($3,840)

Maternal and Child Health Consortium’s Healthy Start Program ($45,000)

PA Coalition for Oral Health ($2,500)

Pennsylvania Health Access Network ($5,000)

Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA’s Coatesville Health Center ($50,000)

     Two year grant of $50,000 per year 2017 and 2018

Public Citizens for Children and Youth ($4,500)

Valley Youth House ($2,500)

Volunteer English Program in Chester County ($5,000)

Washington Hose Company No.1 ($3,000)


Consignment Shop Featured in Annual Report

The Brandywine Consignment Shop was featured in Community Lenders’ Annual Report 2016:

From small things, great things are possible.

The Little Yellow House – Brandywine Consignment Shop – is a magnet for bargain hunters, savvy shoppers and volunteers.  But its impact is even more significant:  it is helping to improve the health of residents of the Coatesville area.  Revenues from the shop are directed to the Brandywine Health Foundation, which has received almost one-million dollars over the years.

Proceeds supports the mission of the Foundation, which provides grants and serves as a resource to nonprofit organizations that improve access to healthcare, dental care, prescription coverage, community services and mental health services to the uninsured and under-insured.  A big job that the Little Yellow House is proud to support.

The Brandywine Health Foundation is leading the charge to improve the health of those who are most in need in the Coatesville area.  We thank the people and groups that support our efforts and are making it possible to address these challenges,” said Frances M. Sheehan, President and CEO.

Recently, The Little Yellow House took a giant step.  With permanent financing provided by Community Lenders, the consignment shop expanded from 2,200 square feet to 6,000 square feet.  It nearly tripled in size!  With the expansion came an increase in inventory and sales and ultimately donations to the Foundation.

As the shop grew, it also outgrew its moniker and it now known as the Big Yellow House.  As was predicted by volunteer executives from the non-profit SCORE, it is on track to double its donations to the Foundation.

The Big Yellow House is a win-win all the way around.  It is helping the Foundation and those it serves, consignors are making ends meet by selling unused goods and people are getting goods at affordable prices,” commented Nancy Oliver, Shop Manager.

And while the organizations that the Foundation funds make it possible for children, older adults and others in the community to improve the quality of their lives, the shop is helping the community blossom in other ways.  Those who consign their belongings are supporting environmental sustainability by repurposing their possessions rather than discarding them, the more than 60 volunteers – many of them widows – are forging new friendships and connecting with others in the community and the shoppers know that their purchases are making a difference in the lives of people in their community.

To view the full report from Community Lenders, please click here.

Community Report Available Online

Our 2016 Community Report is now available online!  We hope you will be inspired by the stories and the outcomes that YOU helped us to accomplish in our community.  For the past 15 years we have been a catalyst for change and we could not have accomplished our work without you.  Thank you for your continued support and remember, this is just the beginning!  Click here to view the report.

Celebrating our Youth Mental Health First Aiders

Nearly 40 certified youth mental health first aiders, community partners, and supporters gathered last week to celebrate the importance of the Youth Mental Health First Aid program and to share stories of success.  Generously hosted by Brandywine Hospital, and supported by The COAD Group and Chester County MHIDD, this program has helped to save lives of young people in our community.  We were truly touched by the stories and personal encounters that were shared and so thrilled to learn about the continued success of this program.

ymhfa-celebration-breakfast-3Many thanks to all of our supporters, advisory board members, program partners, and staff for continuing to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and helping our community to understand the need and importance of talking about these issues.

For more information about the Youth Mental Health First Aid program and how YOU can become certified, please click here.