Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Brandywine Health Foundation

  • Coatesville, PA
  • www.brandywinefoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Brandywine Health Foundation's mission is to improve the health and well-being of people who live and work in the greater Coatesville area by fostering community partnerships, by providing capacity building support, and by making grants to promote health equity, healthy youth, and a healthy community.

Main Programs

  1. Youth Mental Health First Aid program
  2. Brandywine Health & Housing Center
  3. Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

In prosperous Chester County, Pennsylvania -- Coatesville is a former bustling steel town with one of the highest poverty rates in Pennsylvania.  See how the Brandywine Health Foundation and its foundation partners are leveraging public and private dollars to transform the community with health services, a youth philanthropy program, Youth Mental Health First Aid program and much more.

ruling year

2001

President and CEO

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Ms. Frances M. Sheehan

Keywords

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Brandywine, Health, Foundation, health, Youth Initiative, Brandywine Center, wellness, preventive health,chronic diseases, obesity, public foundation, nursing and health career scholarships, dental health, mental health, Coatesville, Downingtown, Parkesburg, Honey Brook, Chester County, Pennsylvania

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EIN

23-3087315

 Number

1702718854

Physical Address

50 S 1st Avenue

Coatesville, 19320

Also Known As

BHF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Brandywine Health Foundation formed in May 2001 and in just over fifteen years the foundation has made more than $14.5 million in grants, contributions and scholarships – all targeted to the toughest health problems in the greater Coatesville area. The focus of these grants has been primarily on strengthening the safety net of healthcare providers in the area serving those with little or no health insurance. These efforts have included bringing a health center to the community, partnering with the school district and county to bring behavioral health services for children to the area, and building the Brandywine Health & Housing Center. Related projects include launching the Coatesville Youth Initiative to help teens grow up safe and prepare them for a productive, healthy adulthood; and building a safer community with funding for a new Public Safety Training Facility. Current efforts include launching a new Youth Philanthropy Program and partnering with the community to prioritize and upgrade parks, playgrounds, trails and public spaces throughout the Coatesville area.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Youth Mental Health First Aid program

The Brandywine Health Foundation brought the Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training program to the Coatesville Area School District (CASD) as of late August 2014. Originating in Australia, the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training curriculum was brought to the U.S. by the National Council for Behavioral Health in 2008 and, as of December 2013, more than 140,000 persons in communities across our country have been trained. As is described clearly on the Council’s website, MHFA “is an 8-hour course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer and social supports as well as self-help resources.” MHFA “allows for early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions. The program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like ‘What can I do?’ and ‘Where can someone find help?’ Participants are introduced to local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.”

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 2

Brandywine Health & Housing Center

The Brandywine Health Foundation was the developer and remains the principal funder of this four story, 48K sq. ft. center for health care and affordable senior housing in the heart of the City of Coatesville - the first major development in this struggling community in over three decades opened in 2008. A health center providing primary, dental, prenatal, pharmacy, and behavioral health is on the 1st floor, with 2 behavioral health agencies and a community meeting room on the fourth floor. The 2nd and 3rd floors have 24 affordable apartments for senior citizens.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy

Not available

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Brandywine Health Foundation's goals are to increase access to health care, particularly preventive health services; to decrease racial inequities in health outcomes such as the disparity in birthweights between African-American and white/Hispanic babies; to increase the chances that young people will grow up safe and healthy with every opportunity to be successful; and to contribute to the redevelopment of some of Pennsylvania's poorest communities in the Coatesville area.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Brandywine Health Foundation focuses on issues that have been identified through a needs assessment process that looks at data but also always includes community engagement. Community engagement includes reaching out to diverse organizations for their input, conducting focus group sessions, and use of the open-source "world cafe" planning meetings. The added benefit of this approach is that new community leaders are identified and community members have increased investment in the solutions supported by and/or led by the foundation. Issues identified through this intensive community engagement process are addressed by making grants to agencies that have a proven track record or show great promise, by starting initiatives where a gap exists, and by convening organizations where collaborative efforts show an increased chance of success. One example of this strategy is the foundation's development and incubation of the Coatesville Youth Initiative. A community-based planning process was conducted over a year-long period to get at what the community perceived were the reasons why the data showed that Coatesville area teens were disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system and less likely to graduate from high school than teens in the rest of Chester County. The foundation convened numerous youth-serving agencies - many of which had never worked together before - with the school district and government agencies, and from that planning process was borne the Coatesville Youth Initiative. After five years of incubation within the foundation, the CYI has spun off as an independent non-profit organization, still convening youth serving agencies, running a "youth voice of Coatesville" effort called the Game Changers, running a summer youth development/employment program called the Coatesville Summer ServiceCorps, and collaborating with the school district to introduce teens to the college application process.

    Most recently, the foundation conducted a strategic planning process that engaged the community and led to the new "Parks & Playgrounds Project," a multi-organizational effort to conduct a community-based needs assessment of public spaces in the nine municipalities of the Coatesville Area School District, to develop a master plan of what those parks and playgrounds should look like, and then to implement the upgrading of those spaces with the community's engagement and a funding commitment to long-term sustainability.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The foundation employs six talented, experienced non-profit professionals with expertise in program planning, grantmaking, fund development, and community engagement. A 21-person strong and diverse board of directors committed to transforming the Coatesville community provide strategic direction, community leadership, and staff coaching. And, hundreds of volunteers are engaged in program planning, special events like the annual four-day Strawberry Festival and Garden Party, which together net over $200,000 for the community, and running our Consignment Shop. The foundation's efforts are enhanced by our active participation in philanthropic collaboratives such as Grantmakers in Health, the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia, the Chester County Funders Group, and the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative. Through participating in these groups, we learn new ideas to bring to the Coatesville area, share our learning with others, and are uniquely positioned to serve as the philanthropic leader in central and western Chester County.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The foundation has a three year strategic plan with specific targets such as "Expand opportunities for young people to develop skills needed to successfully participate in society," that are then used to develop annual operational goals such as "Launch Youth Philanthropy program with 12-15 teen participants." In addition to regular staff review of progress toward goals at monthly team meetings, the board of directors also reviews progress at its meetings every other month, and holds an annual retreat to revisit the strategic plan. A board Planning Committee is currently working with an experienced consultant to assess the community's view of the foundation's most effective roles in the community, the results of which will be used as a basis for developing the foundation's next three year strategic plan. Again, community engagement is critical to all of the foundation's planning, whether long-range or for each individual program or initiative.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Brandywine Health Foundation has a proven track record of accomplishment: in just 15 years, we brought a health center and behavioral health services for children to the Coatesville community, built a 48K sq. ft. health and housing center for those agencies as well as 24 affordable apartments for senior citizens (the first major development in the City of Coatesville in over three decades), assisted in the development of a new Public Safety Training Facility for first responders, developed and launched the Coatesville Youth Initiative, and brought the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum to the community. Much remains to be done to transform the area, which includes some of Pennsylvania's poorest municipalities. The poverty rate in the City of Coatesville remains over 30% despite the fact that Chester County is one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. Economic redevelopment has not occurred although there are significant signs of progress such as the soon-to-be-renovated train station and two new commercial/residential projects are on the books. There are still too many young people involved in criminal activity and with no promise of either graduating from high school or going on to productive, post-high-school education or employment. And, the chances of an African-American baby being born at low birthweight are more than twice as high as for a white or Latino baby. While there is much to be done, the foundation is uniquely positioned to improve health and spur community development. Strong relationships with elected officials at every level - municipal, county, state and federal - as well as government entities, the business community and non-profits have already enabled the foundation to lead several critical community efforts, and to assist others providing leadership.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

In prosperous Chester County, Pennsylvania -- Coatesville is a former bustling steel town with one of the highest poverty rates in Pennsylvania.  See how the Brandywine Health Foundation and its foundation partners are leveraging public and private dollars to transform the community with health services, a youth philanthropy program, Youth Mental Health First Aid program and much more.

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BRANDYWINE HEALTH FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Brandywine Health Foundation

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President and CEO

Ms. Frances M. Sheehan

BIO

Frances M. Sheehan has served as the President and CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation in Coatesville, Pennsylvania since April, 2002. In that period, the foundation has made over $14 million in grants to improve health in the greater Coatesville community, including bringing a Federally Qualified Health Center to Coatesville, helping to launch a new dental center, partnered with the county and school district to bring behavioral health services to children in the community, built a health and housing center, launched the Coatesville Youth Initiative and kicked off a Youth Mental Health First Aid program in the school district.

Frances stepped down as a member of the Board of Directors of the Philanthropy Network (formerly Delaware Valley Grantmakers), where she served as chair from 2008 – 2010, and Access Matters (formerly the Family Planning Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania). She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Regional Housing Legal Services, and the Center for Healthy Schools at West Chester University. She is past president of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Delaware County.

In 2014, she received Main Line Today's Power Woman Award, and in 2011, she was one of 26 female business leaders to receive the SmartCEO 2011 Brava! Women Business Achievement Awards. In 2007, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal, and received the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry's Robert Thompson Citizenship Award. In 2002, she received the March of Dimes' Chester County Woman of Achievement in the Field of Health Award. Frances received her B.A. with Honors in History from Wesleyan University, and her M.B.A. from Temple University's Fox School of Business's Executive Program.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Dawn M James

Vanguard

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity