Chestnut Hill College Awarded $10,000 Non-Profit Capacity–Building Grant from The Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development

Release Date: Monday, December 14, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College has been awarded a $10,000 Non-Profit Capacity-Building grant from PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development). The grant, which is renewable up to three years, is one of 36 Learn and Serve America grants distributed by The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has awarded over 20 Million in funds for service learning initiatives. Chestnut Hill College was among four member schools in the Philadelphia area to receive the grant.

PHENND is a consortium of 36 colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area that works to strengthen Philadelphia's service and service learning communities. PHENND works with its member institutions to find beneficial community-based service-learning partnerships, and actively seeks to revitalize local communities and schools as well as foster civic responsibility among the region's colleges and universities.

The grant funds will be used to offer free workshops, seminars, and other training experiences for non-profit staff and leaders in the local community, with a focus on alleviating poverty and assisting with economic recovery through four channels: food stamp enrollment, volunteer income tax assistance, financial education for youth and adults, and micro-entrepreneurship training. These workshops and trainings will help local non-profit organizations by partnering with the College to create programming that will benefit and serve their unique needs, utilizing Chestnut Hill College’s campus, staff, and community.

“We are looking forward to sharing our campus resources as we partner with the nonprofit organizations toward capacity-building, says Ryan Murphy, assistant director of career development for service-learning and experiential education. “This grant allows the College to live out our mission of service and also presents a unique opportunity for future collaboration with service-learning courses and internships.”

For more information about workshops and trainings, please contact Ryan Murphy, assistant director of career development for service learning and experiential education at 215.248.7032 or email