In February of this year, our Community was awarded a grant of $4,100.00 from the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation. We were rather perplexed and didn’t quite know how to react since we had not applied for a grant! But here it was; a generous gift to be used in support of our work. After many questions and ultimately accepting the grant, we spent the next few months looking at real needs, trying to identify the best usage for the money.
I am happy to say that we have chosen to apply the grant toward the creation of a real Sacristy for our retreat house, St. Gabriel’s. The celebration of Mass, Adoration and other liturgical ceremonies are central to the ministry of St. Gabriel’s and we hope that by having a dedicated Sacristy for our sacred vessels, vestments, books and other such items, we will be able to more easily accommodate the needs of the many groups, including Priests and Religious, who come to us for spiritual nourishment and refreshment.
We are very grateful to the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, described as: “One of the oldest community foundations (founded in 1918), The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) is committed to improving the quality of life in the Pennsylvania counties of Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). A foundation and a public charity, TPF connects philanthropic resources to societal needs. TPF manages assets of approximately $370 million and more than 900 charitable funds established by its fund holders. It distributes about $25 million annually to nearly 1,000 nonprofits as grants and scholarships, and promotes greater philanthropy and stronger nonprofits in service to community needs.”
Let the work begin!
To learn more about The Philadelphia Foundation visit: www.philafound.org