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The Attic Youth Center Interview

On a Monday evening, I walked into The Attic Youth Center – and into a bustle of about 30 chatting teens, grabbing dinner and then sitting down to catch up with each other. There was a spirit of home and family here that exists throughout the Attic, which works to create “opportunities for LGBTQ youth…

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Meet a Millennial Philanthropist: Casey McGuigan

This month we sat down with Casey McGuigan, a corporate accountant for Advanced Depositions and Trial Technologies. Casey is a Philly girl through and through — she was born and grew up in northeast Philadelphia, went to Drexel for college, and now lives in South Philadelphia. When she’s not working, Casey can most often be…

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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture Interview

Among the houses of West Philadelphia is a green, blooming garden, the namesake of the West Philly based arts non-profit Al-Bustan (“the garden” in Arabic) Seeds of Culture that presents and teaches Arab culture through the arts and language. It serves as a meeting place, a grove to brainstorm, and part of the home of…

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The Spruce Foundation Receives the Please Touch Museum’s First-Ever Young Philanthropy Award

On November 2 representatives from the Spruce Foundation’s Board of Directors attended The Please Touch Museum’s Imagination Ball, where Spruce was presented with the museum’s first-ever Young Philanthropy Award. The award was created by the Please Touch Museum to recognize “local organizations and individuals for their exceptional commitment to empowering the next generation of philanthropists.”…

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Meet a Millennial Philanthropist: Lily Applebaum

Philadelphia is full of young people finding creative and gratifying ways to give back to their communities. Spruce is proud to use this little corner of our newsletter to highlight some of the best and busiest young philanthropists in the city! We were lucky enough to sit down with Lily Applebaum, a 27-year-old who works…

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Peace Day Philly Interview

Earlier this year, Spruce was proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary by offering a one-time $5,000 grant to an organization that serves Philadelphia youth in the area of Peacebuilding. In April, we awarded that grant to Peace Day Philly in support of their partnership with Peace Praxis to offer a workshop to youth ages 12-17…

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Spruce Foundation Awards $5,000 to Peace Day Philly

The Spruce Foundation is proud to announce that its 2017 Peacebuilding Grant will be awarded to Peace Day Philly, a volunteer initiative designed to empower people to build a more peaceful and just world. The $5,000 grant supports Peace Day Philly’s partnership with PeacePraxis to offer a workshop on building upstander skills to Philadelphia youth…

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Spruce Foundation Awards $5,000 to The Attic Youth Center

The Spruce Foundation is proud to announce that its 2017 LGBTQ Grant will be awarded to The Attic Youth Center, the city’s only agency exclusively serving LGBTQ youth. The $5,000 grant supports Inner Rhythms, a new music therapy group focused on creative expression and personal storytelling; the project will engage both a professional music therapist…

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Spruce Foundation Awards $5,000 to the Center for Grieving Children

The Spruce Foundation is proud to announce that its 2017 Health & Wellness Grant will be awarded to the Center for Grieving Children, whose child-focused programs assist in safe grief processing after the loss of a loved one, and aim to strengthen support systems for children affected by grief. The $5,000 grant supports the organization’s…

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Spruce Foundation Awards $5,000 to Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Spruce Foundation is proud to announce that its 2017 Arts Grant will be awarded to Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, which works to celebrate diversity and teach about Arab culture through arts programming. The $5,000 grant supports the Tabadul program, a series of after-school community dialogue sessions and in-school workshops led by teaching artists in photography,…

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