April 26, 1992 |
On her deathbed, heiress Mabel Pew Myrin drew up a plan: Her Chester County mansion and 350 acres of surrounding farmland would be converted into a home for retarded adults. Twenty years later, Camphill Village at Kimberton Hills has become known as something of a Utopia for the mentally handicapped. Residents live in communal farmhouses with "house parents. " They grow vegetables and bake bread that is sold to gourmet shops throughout the region, helping to support the farm as productive members of the community.
January 29, 1988 |
Temple University has been awarded $150,000 to study how new immigrants and established residents deal with one another in parts of North Philadelphia, Hunting Park, Logan, Olney, Bridesburg and Richmond, it was announced yesterday. The two-year study will focus on the relationships between three established populations - blacks, whites and Hispanics - and three groups of newcomers - Koreans, Poles and Hispanics. "It's really to help understand how people perceive they're getting along, how they form stereotypes, how they form positive and negative feelings," said Judith Goode, chairwoman of the Temple Anthropology Department.
September 19, 1986 |
Maternal and Family Activities, a nonprofit organization that has operated the Booth Maternity Center on City Avenue for the last year, formallly purchased the facility Tuesday from the Salvation Army. The purchase of Booth - now renamed the John B. Franklin Maternity Hospital and Family Center - culminated a two-year effort by the Maternal and Family Activities board, drawn primarily from women's organizations, to acquire the hospital. Under the leadership of the late Dr. Franklin, the facility run by the Salvation Army served as a national model in the early 1970s for prenatal and maternity care delivered by nurse-midwives with physician back-up.
May 5, 2000 |
The Prince Music Theater will receive a $1.25 million challenge grant from a Ford Foundation program that is distributing $40 million to 28 arts organizations across the country. The Prince, which specializes in developing new musical theater pieces (and which moved into a new theater near Broad and Chestnut Streets), is the only organization in Pennsylvania to get a Ford grant. The theater, which has four years to match the Ford money, plans to put $1.5 million of the resulting $2.5 million toward an endowment fund for artistic projects and $650,000 into a working reserve fund, and plans to use the remainder to enable its development department to better target individual donors.
March 15, 2000 |
Carman St. John Wolff Hunter, 78, an educator and the coauthor of a 1979 Ford Foundation study that focused attention on the nation's adult-illiteracy problem, died of cancer March 8 at the Evergreens, a retirement community in Moorestown. She had lived in Moorestown the last six years. She earlier resided in Brooklyn, N.Y., for 31 years. Ms. Hunter was the principal investigator and a coauthor of Adult Illiteracy in the United States: A Report to the Ford Foundation, which examined illiteracy's educational and socioeconomic factors, including gender, poverty and race.
February 26, 1998 |
A program developed by the Chester County Housing Authority to turn poor, young, unmarried fathers into productive citizens could become a model for the nation. The Ford Foundation awarded the authority a $45,000 planning grant, one of 12 announced by the foundation last week under a new Partners for Fragile Families Demonstration Project. The planning phase is the first step toward being chosen for a three-year demonstration phase, said authority director Troy Chapman. "The Ford Foundation grants are basically given to cutting-edge agencies they feel can affect national policy," said Chapman.
September 29, 1991 |
I know people have daily problems working and raising families. But it seems to me that American society is changing so fast we're just flying by the seat of our pants. Who is looking at what's in store for our future? The crystal balls are held, to a great extent, by philanthropic foundations. That's because research in this country is foundation-driven. Foundations offer grants to researchers, who then study a certain area. If neither the foundation nor the government is interested, forget it. While several foundations offer grants for the study of specific fields such as child care, or elder care, only the Ford Foundation is looking at the entire spectrum of work and family life.
September 13, 1990 |
Haverford College has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation as part of a $1.6 million initiative by the agency to improve race relations and encourage greater cultural diversity at the nation's colleges and universities, Ford Foundation officials announced yesterday. Haverford, a small Quaker liberal arts institution, was one of 19 colleges and universities out of 105 applicants chosen to receive grants under the foundation's Race Relations and Cultural Diversity Initiative, officials said.
December 24, 1992 |
Though many political pundits have been quick to herald Bill Clinton's victory as a major departure from the pronounced anti-governmentalism of the Reagan-Bush era, a closer look at state and local ballot initiatives across the country illuminates quite a different message: The American people are as skeptical of government as ever and are demanding "more bang for the buck" from their representatives. It is difficult to misread the results. In more than 200 ballot measures across the country, the public was adamant: Politicians were scorned, taxes rejected as much too high and governmental expenditures criticized as way off the mark.
March 6, 2009 |
Terrance Keenan, 85, of Newtown, Bucks County, who as an executive and consultant with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton distributed more than 900 grants to health-care institutions and providers, died of heart failure Feb. 25 at Manor Care in Yardley. "Terry Keenan set the standard for creativity, caring, and vision in philanthropy. He never lost sight of the people he was trying to help," foundation president Risa Lavizzo-Mourey said. In 1972, Mr. Keenan became vice president of the foundation, which had recently received a $1 billion bequest from Robert Wood Johnson, then chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson.