Charities We Support

As a 501(c)(3) private foundation, Wynnstay is required every year to contribute part of the foundation funds to charitable organizations.  We strongly believe in volunteering our time to organizations we support financially.  While focused on Philadelphia based non-profits, we are also able to support a wide variety of organizations throughout the country that target individuals or families in need.

Philabundance

Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization.  Their mission is to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by acquiring food and distributing it through organizations serving people in need.  Philadbundance has been around since 1984, and have provided food for over 60 million meals!  It relies on the generous support of all segments of the Delaware Valley community — individuals, corporations, foundations, as well as community groups.

Philabundance has many ways people can help, including food donations, food drives, fund raisers, and fresh food distribution.  Volunteer your time and get involved in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Breastcancer.org 

Breastcancer.org is a local non-profit in Ardmore, PA but has an international presence in providing online education of breast cancer information.   We were introduced to this magnificent organization through our own Maura Wynn.  Maura was asked to coordinate their flagship fundraiser Rock the Ribbon in 2012 and to co-chair the event in 2015.  In the time Maura worked with the Breastcancer.org team, she came away with a deep gratitude of their mission.  The Wynn family has also had history of the disease and supporting organization provided a great fit.  We continue to applaud the efforts at Breastcancer.org to raise awareness and providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer.

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons’ vision is that one day, every child will have the basic things they need to be safe, ready to learn, and feel valued.  Cradles to Crayons has a warehouse in Conshohocken called the Giving Factory, where they store all the donations that eventually get sorted and distributed to organizations that support children.  In essense they act as a middleman between social-service organizations that request items and organizations that have a surplus of those items.  The niche is that they respond to individual requests for need.  For example, if a 3 year old child needs a weeks worth of clothing, volunteers at the Giving factory will put together a bag to fit that child.  To see the hundreds of bags of individual requests ready to be shipped out really puts into perspective the need for assistance especially with children.

The Giving Factory is a fun place to volunteer in a large group, co-workers, friends or family – we fully recommend it!

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance

Since 1983 Inter-Faith Housing Alliance (I-FHA) has served as a leading provider of support to homeless families of Central Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Headquartered in Ambler, PA (where the Wynn family got its roots), Inter-Faith programs endow families with the skills needed to overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency.  They remain committed to being a beacon of hope to families in crisis, a goal only accomplished through the generosity and commitment of the community.

Wynnstay has been a sponsor of the annual Inter-Faith Housing Alliance Golf Outing from 2011 – 2015.  Our donations help support the continuing success of this great organization.

Covenant House Pennsylvania

Covenant House PA serves runaway, homeless and trafficked youth throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.  The organization embodies 5 principals to guide their mission:  Immediacy, Sanctuary, Structure, Value Communication, and Choice.  Covenant House provides a broad range of services including Street Outreach, Health Services, Educational Services and Vocational Services.   Most importantly, they provide a safe haven for some of the hardest-hit youth on the streets.  The young people must chose to change and they enter the relationship with the an understanding that Covenant House will support them in their immediate future.

Wynnstay was connected to the organization through a friend and steadfast Philly supporter, Wil Reynolds of SEER, Inc.  Each year Wil and other volunteers spend a November evening on a Philadelphia street to experience first hand what faces homeless youth each night.  The event spreads awareness of the acute problem of homeless here in the city.

Northern Children Services

Located off Ridge Pike in Manayunk, PA, Northern Children Services (formerly Northern Home For Children) provides a safe haven for children and a safety net for children and families facing extraordinary challenges throughout the Delaware Valley. Northern Home’s facilities provide shelter, clinical, educational and supportive services that enable the child to grow toward self-sufficient adulthood in a family that is strengthened and engaged, and in a school and community that offers resources for positive experiences. Nothern Home extends its services to over 2,000 children in need every year.

Overall the Northern Home staff, volunteers and especially the children are great to work with and they are always looking for help!

Summer Search

Summer Search helps low-income students throughout the country rise to their potential and become beacons of change in their communities.  Since 1990, the organization has developed a 7 year program for students starting as a high school sophomore.  Summer Search staff plans life changing experiences with the students over the summer.  The goal is to help students develop the social and emotional skills that are critical to their success in college and beyond.  The organization has many chapters across the country and a vast network of alumni, mentors and volunteers.

Wynnstay was introduced to Summer Search through 2 young board members in the Philadelphia chapter and have been impressed by its mission and targeted scope.

Episcopal Community Services

The mission of Episcopal Community Services (ECS) is to empower vulnerable individuals and families by providing high-quality social and educational services that affirm human dignity and promote social justice.   ECS serves about 2,000 people each year, from babies born to mothers in our homeless shelter to seniors who rely on ECS Home Care to live independently.  They have all different programs designed to help the Philadelphia community in various ways.

In past Decembers, ECS has sponsored an event at Graterford Prison, in which volunteers help pass Christmas gifts along to inmates inside their cell blocks.  The event is one of only a few in the country where outsiders are allowed to interact within a maximum security prison.  The experience is humbling and eye-opening, with most inmates extremely thankful for the generosity.

Operation Warm

Operation Warm and Coats for Kids Foundation provides new winter coats to children in need through strategic and community partnerships with a wide variety of donors and community organizations around the country. Their vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat will be healthy, able to attend school regularly and will develop strong self-esteem. The idea of simply giving a child a new coat for winter is a powerful notion that benefits those children in so many ways.  Wynnstay was introduced to them when Maura worked at Beneficial Bank, which has supported them for many years.

In 2012, Operation Warm served their one-millionth child, making them one of the largest donors of new coats in the country.  They have a presence in 37 states but is headquartered here in the Delaware Valley.  We wish Operation Warm the best luck this winter and thank them for keeping kids in the Philadelphia area proud and empowered!

Presbyterian Children’s Village

Presbyterian Children’s Village provides a comprehensive range of prevention, child welfare, therapeutic, and educational services and programs to help heal the spirits of children, families, and communities in crisis. The Village’s mission is to strengthen the communities of the Greater Philadelphia region and has been in service since 1877. Wynnstay was introduced to them through from the volunteer efforts of our wonderful matriarch, Nancy.  She has worked with the Village alongside 1st Presbyterian Church of Ambler and had got word that they were in need of funds.  The economic downturn has impacted many local non-profits and Wynnstay has tried to focus on these particular organizations with rich histories looking for additional support.

ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.  ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid.  Each green box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

Wynnstay’s own Tom Wynn Sr. introduced our family to ShelterBox with his involvment in the Blue Bell Rotary.  Rotarians contribute an estimated 50% of ShelterBox donations, and with an intricate network of Rotarians throughout the globe, boxes can be distributed quickly in response to any disaster.

In response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Wynnstay made a contribution to ShelterBox USA.