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.” The museum recognized Spruce for “creating a cycle of service and goodwill, which begins at [the Spruce Foundation’s] core and spreads to the many worthy organizations it touches.”
Accepting the Young Philanthropy Award on behalf of Spruce were Eliza Erickson, President, and Jeanette Bruno, Vice President of Operations. Speaking in front of the Imagination Ball’s 250 attendees, Eliza and Jeanette recognized the dedication of dozens of board and committee members over the past decade of Spruce history, the impactful work of Spruce’s grantees, and the commitment both groups have made to improving the lives of Philadelphia’s youth.
Also honored at the event were PECO, accepting the Corporate Philanthropy Award, and the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, which accepted the Portia & Otto Sperr Legacy Award.
For Spruce to be recognized in the company of two such respected and longstanding organizations is a sure sign of the impact the organization has had in its first ten years, and of its having earned a place in the larger philanthropic community through grassroots efforts.