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Resting Through Nature and Community

In this guest blog post, hear from Samantha Jeune of Hike & Heal on how she’s changed her perspective on overall health and why it’s important to prioritize your wellness.

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Checking In with Our Grantees: Thomas & Woods Foundation

Get to know the Thomas and Woods Foundation and hear how they’re improving health and wellness for Philadelphia youth with a little help from their 2020 Spruce Foundation grant.

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Event Recap: 2022 Spruce Foundation Gala

At the end of September, we convened at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia to celebrate the last three years of grantees with our annual Spruce Foundation Gala.

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2022 Annual Impact Report: Keeping Philly Youth Brilliant & Resilient

With the recent release of this year’s 2021-2022 Impact Report, we’re reflecting on some of the highlights of our efforts this past year. 

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Maggie Place

Meet Maggie Place, current chair of our Strategic Operations committee and next year’s President, a singer and performer who loves all that Philadelphia’s outdoors has to offer.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Brianna Westbrooks

Meet Brianna Westbrooks, member of our Strategic Operations and DEI committees, a fan of Philadelphia icons Patti LaBelle and Green Line Cafe who would describe Philadelphia in three words as diverse, gritty, and proud.

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Finding the Right Fit for Non-Profit Board Service

Maggie Place, Chair, Strategic Operations Committee, (and current President-Elect!) shares her perspective on identifying the right board and volunteer service opportunities.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Libby Ellman

Meet Libby Ellman, first-year member of our board on our Communications and Spruce Council committees, an avid reader and fan of the Gayborhood’s Graffiti Bar who finds inspiration in her fellow young leaders at Spruce making a big impact.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Brian Balduzzi

Meet Brian Balduzzi, Vice Chair of our Development Committee, a self-proclaimed foodie, board game lover, and former member of the American Theatre Critics Association which bestows the prestigious Tony Award for Regional Theatre.

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The History & Impact of Our Night Out

Jake Maroney, committee member for DVLF’s Our Night Out, a monthly event for the LGBTQ+ community to network and raise money, shares the history of ONO and details on their upcoming event.

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