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Arthur O.  and Clara M. Schlegel

Arthur O. and Clara M. Schlegel

Arthur O. and Clara M. (Belleman) Schlegel felt that Berks County children with medical needs related to a disfigurement should be helped if their families didn’t have the resources to meet those needs. Out of that concern, they established the Arthur O. and Clara M....

Berks County Association of School Retirees Scholarship and Grant Fund – Mini Grant Program

Berks County Association of School Retirees Scholarship and Grant Fund – Mini Grant Program

The Berks County Association of School Retirees (BCASR), the local chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, started its scholarship and mini grant program with a $3,000 endowment in 2010. The group has 1,250 members who are retired from employment...

Berks County Parrot Head Club (Berks County Angel Fund)

Berks County Parrot Head Club (Berks County Angel Fund)

Established in 2002, the Berks County Parrot Head Club was created to “promote friendship and organize activities for people who share an affection for the tropical spirit of singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and a desire to contribute to the betterment of the...

Berks County Tennis Fund

Berks County Tennis Fund

Established in 2002 the Berks County Tennis Fund was created to improve the quality of life for children in Berks County by allowing them the opportunity to learn tennis, along with patience, good self-discipline, self-esteem, and critical thinking skills. The fund...

Boyertown Area Charitable Program

Boyertown Area Charitable Program

The Boyertown Area Charitable Program distributes grants from the Boyertown Area Community Fund and the Boyer Foundation Fund. The Boyer Foundation Fund was established to support Boyertown area health, social, recreational and safety organizations. The fund is in...

Building Industries Exchange of Reading and Berks County Fund

Building Industries Exchange of Reading and Berks County Fund

The Building Industries Exchange of Reading (BIEX) provided a place for contractors and builders to view blueprints and designs in the age before digital files made the hard copies obsolete. In 2013, BIEX used its remaining assets to create a fund at Berks County...

Community General Hospital Healthcare Fund

Community General Hospital Healthcare Fund

In 2003, the Community General Hospital Foundation established the Community General Hospital Healthcare Fund and to add to the Community General Hospital/June A. Roedel Healthcare Scholarship Fund. The Healthcare Fund aims to make Berks County residents healthier,...

Darrell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund

Darrell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund

Darrell S. Rank, the first executive of the Berks Earned Income Tax Bureau, and his wife, Gloria E. (D’Ercole) Rank, understood the importance of safety in their community. Darrell Rank had his fair share of courageous moments – rescuing a woman from a car during the...

Diversity Alliance Endowment Fund

Diversity Alliance Endowment Fund

The Diversity Alliance Endowment Fund was established at the Berks County Community Foundation to aid the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Berks County. The fund provides money for projects such as educational programs and safe havens for...

 Friends of Berks County Public Library Fund

Friends of Berks County Public Library Fund

The Friends of Berks County Public Libraries is a nonprofit organization that was founded in the early 1980s to support public libraries in the Berks County System, both financially and otherwise. In addition, in 2009, the Friends of Berks County Public Library Fund...

Greater Reading Young Professionals Community Engagement Fund

Greater Reading Young Professionals Community Engagement Fund

Greater Reading Young Professionals, or GRYP, established a Community Engagement Fund to help its mission to attract, engage and retain young professionals in the Greater Reading region. In particular, the fund focuses on urban revitalization – making Berks County an...

IDEA Fund

IDEA Fund

Robbie Boland and Danny Crigler, who were Wilson School District seniors in 2009, created the IDEA Fund as part of a senior project. The two created the fund at Berks County Community Foundation to supplement the education of Wilson special education students as...

Jess's Sunshine Fund

Jess's Sunshine Fund

Jess’s Sunshine Fund was named for Jess Schaeffer, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 24. Established in 2001 by the Kiwanis Club of the Boyertown Area, the endowed fund provides financial assistance to families of children suffering from catastrophic illnesses or...

Margaret B. Moeller Memorial Fund for Alzheimer’s Home Care Companions

Margaret B. Moeller Memorial Fund for Alzheimer’s Home Care Companions

In 2004, after his wife Margaret died, William Moeller set up the Margaret B. Moeller Memorial Fund for Alzheimer’s Home Care Companions to honor and remember his wife and her life. Margaret had received companion care and aid from Chestnut Knoll At Home Services...

Metropolitan Edison Sustainable Energy Fund

Metropolitan Edison Sustainable Energy Fund

The Metropolitan Edison Sustainable Energy Fund was formed in 2000 as the result of the deregulation of electric companies in the late 1990s. Electric companies no longer had a monopoly over the generation and the distribution of electricity and consumers could...

Penn Street Arts Program

Penn Street Arts Program

The Berks County Arts Fund – Penn Street Arts Grant Program was created by Berks County Community Foundation to encourage the community to support the arts in downtown Reading, particularly on Penn Street. Through donations, residents can support bringing...

Pets in Need Fund

Pets in Need Fund

The Pets in Need Fund of Berks County Community Foundation was established in 2005 to provide grants to pay for the care of pets that have life-threatening medical conditions that can be solved by treatment from a veterinarian. “No one should have to make the choice...

Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund

Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund

The Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund was started by Chiara Renninger of Brecknock Township, a Certified Financial Planner and Wealth Strategist at Herbein Wealth Management. Renninger, who believes that a group of women with a strong belief in making a...

Ralph H. and Florence Moyer Fund

Ralph H. and Florence Moyer Fund

When Ralph Moyer passed away in 2008, his last will and testament established the Ralph H. and Florence Moyer Fund. The goal was to help students in Berks County under 30 pay for post-secondary education for vocational or technical training. He wanted his fund help...

Rural Arts Grant Program

Rural Arts Grant Program

The Berks County Arts Fund – Rural Arts Grant Program was started by Berks County Community Foundation in 2014. The goal of the fund is to support arts programming in outlying areas of Berks County where residents do not have ready access to the offerings provided by...

Russell L. Hiller Charitable Trust

Russell L. Hiller Charitable Trust

When Federal bankruptcy Judge Russell L. Hiller passed away in December of 2003 at the age of 97, he stipulated in his will that he would like a trust established at Berks County Community Foundation. Every year, the trust provides a grant to the Mifflin Community...

The Camella Maggs Client Memorial Fund (Berks County Angel Fund)

The Camella Maggs Client Memorial Fund (Berks County Angel Fund)

Mark Maggs, of Merrill Lynch Maggs and Associates in Wyomissing, PA, and Linda K. Camella, his former partner, started the Camella Maggs Client Memorial Fund in 2004 in honor of some of their long term clients. The fund was created to make annual grants for children...

The Emmanuel “Manny” Dimitriou Memorial Fund (Berks County Angel Fund)

The Emmanuel “Manny” Dimitriou Memorial Fund (Berks County Angel Fund)

Emmanuel “Manny” Dimitriou was born in Greece in 1933, but grew up on Pearl Street in Reading, PA. Always a motivated student, he graduated from Franklin and Marshall and Dickinson School of Law. From there, he went on to open his own criminal defense law practice in...

The Ira M. Becker Fund for Poor Young Men (Berks County Angel Fund)

The Ira M. Becker Fund for Poor Young Men (Berks County Angel Fund)

In the Codicil of the will of Emma R. Becker from 1914, she stipulated that the proceeds from renting her house should be used “to educate poor young men, one at a time, or give them a trade as money permits, but not to be given to any institutions,” under the care...

The Kraus Gill Fund (Berks County Angel Fund)

The Kraus Gill Fund (Berks County Angel Fund)

Susan E. Kraus and Robert W. Gill are founders of Pennsylvania Forensic Associates, an organization aimed at promoting community safety by pursuing the end of sexual exploitation and offenses through education, direct treatment, and working with law enforcement...

Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Youth and Philanthropy Fund

Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Youth and Philanthropy Fund

The Youth Advisory Committee was formed in 1998 by the Berks County Community Foundation Board of Directors to help young people in Berks County address issues they face, and, with their peers, find and implement a solution. With the help of the youth of Berks...