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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Zara Waters

Meet Zara Waters, our Communications Committee Vice Chair who’s passionate about Philadelphia’s food scene, the arts, and advocating for resources and access for the city’s youth.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Mary Pat Wixted

Learn more about our Events Committee Vice Chair Mary Pat Wixted, a mom of two and avid tea drinker in her fourth and final year on the Spruce Board.

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Cooking for a Cause — Recap

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, Campbell’s Soup Company’s Chef Gerald Drummond joined us for a virtual cooking event to raise money in support of Spruce’s mission to provide grants to youth-serving nonprofits.

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Oxygen Mask: Focusing on Self-Care in Order to Help Others

Basil Jackson, Host of the So I Was Thinking Podcast, shares how taking care of yourself can ultimately help you become a better philanthropist and volunteer.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Amaryllis Owens

Meet Amaryllis Owens, our President and a former voice actress who’s favorite Philly cheesesteak spot is outside of Philly.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Cara Hackett

Meet Cara Hackett, Chair of our Communications Committee, a Broadway regular, and a Questlove fan—she’s been involved with Spruce for almost four years, from the grantmaking to showing up to uplift our grantees onsite whenever there’s the chance.

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Doing Good is Good for You

Monique Phillips, Director of Community Engagement at Women of Color in Pharma, shares why young professionals should count their volunteer skills amongst just their job skills when it comes to professional achievements.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Tiffany Marini

Get to know Tiffany Marini, Vice President of the Spruce Foundation, collector of vinyl, and advocate for giving back to Philly’s communities.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Maggie Mandich

Get to know Maggie Mandich, our very own Secretary, a Grace Kelly fan, and five-year supporter of the Spruce Foundation, from starting out as a grant reviewer to now being on the Executive Committee.

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Advocacy and Funding For the Philadelphia Region’s LGBTQ+ Community

Bill Leffler, Treasurer of the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, talks to us about the the impact of legacy funds, the importance of advocacy and funding for Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ community, opportunities for you to support DVLF and its mission, and more.

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