College Awarded Second Non-Profit Capacity-Building Grant from PHENND

Release Date: Monday, July 12, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College announced that is has received a $10,000 Non-Profit, Capacity-Building grant from PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development). This is the second year the College has received the renewable grant funds from PHENND. The grant 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 continue to be used to offer free workshops, seminars, and other training experiences at the College for non-profit staff and leaders in the local community. Seminars and training offered through the second year of the grant will be more in-depth and will be focused on deepening the impact the organizations have on their clients. These workshops and training experiences will help local non-profit organizations by partnering with the College to create programming that will benefit and serve their unique needs, utilizing the College’s campus, staff, and community. This year, the grant helped to fund workshops on volunteer management, starting a non-profit and effective communication and conflict resolution.

“This grant provides a unique way for the College to partner with non-profit organizations in the community to help them better serve their respective client bases, says Ryan Murphy, director of service-learning. We are also hopeful that these new relationships will develop into community service, service-learning and internship opportunities for Chestnut Hill College students.”

For more information about workshops and trainings, please contact Ryan Murphy, director of service-learning at 215.248.7032 or email