The PCEF Youth Philanthropy Program received the Chester County Community Foundation Acorn Award. The Acorn Award honors young, emerging philanthropists under 35, who give of their time and energy and in turn inspire others to give. Founded in 1994 and located in downtown West Chester, the Chester County Community Foundation leads, inspires and encourages all individuals and organizations to create or contribute to lasting philanthropic charitable legacies, to improve the quality of life primarily in Chester County.
PCEF received the Chester County Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Award for Community Partnerships with Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust and Petrucci’s Ice-Cream.
The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation Endowment Fund was created under the umbrella of the Chester County Community Foundation.
West Chester University’s 3E Institute named Dr. David Noyes an Educator 500 for “Education: Driving Workforce and Community Development” through partnerships with Phoenixville Community Education Foundation and the business community.
PCEF was recognized by the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Education Foundations for its “Community Fundraising Partnership” exhibited on September 30, 2006 during its First Annual Endowment Gala. The Gala raised $60,055 and secured a matching grant award for $50,000 from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation bringing the total to over $110,000!
August 2005-Present Day (renewed annually)
The Department of Community & Economic Development named PCEF as an Education Improvement Organization for its contributions to “innovative educational programming” within a public school system. Businesses can fund these programs via State Tax Credits.
September 2007 (renewed annually)
The Department of Community & Economic Development named PCEF a Pre-School Scholarship Organization. Businesses can fund pre-school scholarships for needy students via State Tax Credits.
PCEF officials were the invited guest speakers at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and were named the model Foundation for the State.
PCEF separated from Phoenixville Area School District and was invited to begin anew at the Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust located at 120 Main Street.
PCEF received $147,000 through a federal appropriations earmark to fund afterschool remedial programs in the Phoenixville Area School District.
PCEF officials were the invited guests during Representative Milne’s Legislative Report cable broadcast to discuss Education Foundations. Representative Milne recognized PCEF as a model for other foundations throughout the Commonwealth.
The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored Phoenixville Area Middle and High School’s Youth and Philanthropy Program with the Youth In Philanthropy Award at the 24th Annual National Philanthropy Day Award Luncheon. The Youth and Philanthropy Program was honored for their dedication in inspiring youth who promote philanthropy, volunteerism and awareness in the Phoenixville community. The middle school program has had 73 graduates, and has handed out more than $34,000 to more than 26 organizations. The high school program has more than 53 graduates, and has granted out more than $52,000 to more than 25 organizations. The Youth and Philanthropy Program is funded by a grant from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.