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THE MISSION OF THE SPRUCE FOUNDATION IS

TO CULTIVATE THE NEXT GENERATION OF PHILANTHROPISTS THROUGH COMMUNITY GIVING IN SUPPORT OF PHILADELPHIA'S YOUTH. 5102-4102 RETSOR DRAOB ECURPS

Matt Kurilla.........................................................................................PRESIDENT Kristyn Stewart..........................................VICE PRESIDENT, ENGAGEMENT Pooja Ganesan..............................................VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS Julie Wertheimer.......................................VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNANCE Philip Fitzgerald..................................................................,............TREASURER Arielle Brousse................................................................................,.SECRETARY Lansie Sylvia.........................COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR Jake Tulsky...........................COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR Hannah Klein................................DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR Matthew Stitt................................DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR Lisa Cheresnowsky...................................EVENTS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR Caroline Farley...........................................EVENTS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

John Mauricio Lyons..................GRANTMAKING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR Elizabeth Thompson..................GRANTMAKING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR Nikki Allen...........................................................................GENERAL MEMBER Colleen Curren...................................................................GENERAL MEMBER Jeff Knowles.......................................................................GENERAL MEMBER Shoshana Milovsky...........................................................GENERAL MEMBER Dan Montalbano.................................................................GENERAL MEMBER


Table of Contents 04 A Letter from the President 05 Highlights of 2015 06 2015 Grantees 08 Engagement 10 Spruce Gala 13 Community Grantmaking 14 Next-Gen Philanthropy Partnership

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Former and current board members gather at an alumni dinner.

A letter from

the President Don’t wait: You can make a difference today. That’s the Spruce Foundation’s message to Philadelphia’s 20- and 30somethings. Those few hours you can spare on weekends? That $25 check you can give? They're incredibly meaningful to Philly’s non-profits. We were honored that so many of our peers chose to invest their time and treasure through the Spruce Foundation this past year. Spruce provides a variety of volunteer opportunities – through our entirely next-generationled board and committees, and at our events – and fundraises among our peers to raise the $20,000 needed to give four grants each year to local non-profits serving Philadelphia youth in the areas of Art, Education, Health & Wellness, and LGBTQ. This year, thanks to your generosity, Spruce was able to support the work of Spiral Q (Art), University Community Collaborative's POPPYN program (Education), Team Up Philly (Health & Wellness), and the Support Center for Child Advocates (LGBTQ). We hope you’ll skim through the rest of this report to see the difference your involvement with - and gifts to - Spruce have made. And then we hope you’ll give some thought to what issues matter most to you and get involved with the non-profits focused on those issues. You can make a difference. You can start making that difference today.

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THE HISTORY OF

THE SPRUCE FOUNDATION 2007: JOSH SCHWARTZ AND LEE GARBER FOUND THE GROUP AS A GIVING CIRCLE AT SCHWARTZ'S SPRUCE STREET LAW OFFICE 2009: THE SPRUCE FOUNDATION IS INCORPORATED AS A NONPROFIT 2013: SPRUCE CREATES PHILADELPHIA'S FIRST LGBTQ YOUTH SPECIFIC GRANT 2015: SPRUCE SURPASSES $100,000 IN GRANTS AWARDED


2015 PARTNERSHIP

HIGHLIGHTS We at Spruce are at our best when we're reaching out to people like us, showing them how easy it is to get involved in creating a happier, healthier Philadelphia. Here are some highlights of partnership events we were involved with in 2015.

Board members Colleen Curren and J.Ly at the Plan to Give event with EPIP at Pipeline Philly.

Arielle Brousse and Matt Kurilla present on Spruce at YIP's Young Involved Happy Hour.

Tabling at the State of Young Philly Civic Engagement fair.

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OUR 2015

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ARTS & CULTURE Spiral Q uses an iterative process to build strong and equitable Grantee

communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and the courage to act on convictions. They began in 1996 by supporting HIV/AIDS advocates in building large-scale puppets and works of art to give greater visibility to their activism; soon, it garnered local and national acclaim for its capacity to engage communities in creative dialogue and art making surrounding critical issues of social significance. Spruce Foundation funds supported Spiral Q's arts education and community building program SPARQ (in Schools), culminating in six neighborhood parades and a neighborhood exhibition of works.

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University Community Collaborative’s program POPPYN (Presenting on Perspective On Philly Youth News) is a youth news show based in Philadelphia. POPPYN derived from the desire to portray the positive things youth are doing in the city, in contradiction to news media's tendency to depict local youth in a negative light. Spruce Foundation funds supported stipends and supplies for members of the college Leader Corps and high school "citizen journalists" to research and produce news segments to fill a 30-minute news segment over 10 weeks.

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EDUCATION Grantee


GRANTEES

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Team Up Philly is dedicated to empowering youth living in underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods to achieve their full potential through participation in programs that combine athletics, character development, fitness & nutrition education, leadership training and academic support.

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Spruce Foundation funds supported the organization's general operating budget, allowing staff to focus on delivering quality programming to Philly's girls.

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LGBTQ Grantee

The Support Center for Child Advocates works to advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect, with the goal of securing safety, justice, well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child. Spruce Foundation funds supported the Child Advocate Social Worker in charge of their LGBTQ Youth Project. This worker manages the representation of 25-30 LGBTQ youth per year, coordinating with attorneys and DHS staff affiliated with these cases,leading systemic change in LGBT care in the organization's Community Umbrella Agencies, and offering specialized trainings on LGBTspecific topics for caregivers, ensuring a safer system of care for LGBTQ youth. THE SPRUCE FOUNDATION

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Our year in ENGAGEMENT

Most people in Philadelphia know Spruce for its grantmaking—and that’s great. But that’s not all we do. The mission of the Spruce Foundation is, in part, to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists. And that’s what we do, whether by empowering them to direct our grants toward impactful projects, or by showing them how easy it is to make a philanthropic gift—or by just giving them an opportunity to have fun learning about one of our giving areas, and letting them know how they can help. Last year we held four engagement events, one for each of our four focus areas. Thanks to all of you who came out and partied for a cause!

The Education Exploration // Education It’s a testament to the drive of Philly’s young professionals that 25 of them came out on a cold, dark evening in February—to celebrate education. But that’s just what they did. A group gathered at the National Liberty Museum, divided into teams, and raced through the galleries to complete a scavenger hunt. The winning team got prizes, everyone enjoyed a few drinks, and we all got to see just how fun learning can be.

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Drinkin' and Decoupagin' // Arts We heard so many of our friends tell us that they were “not artistic,” but after gathering 30 of them around tables at the center of Paradigm Gallery & Studio’s space and seeing them show off their scissor skills, we’re not so sure we should believe them. In April, a group of friends got together to play around with collage, see Paradigm’s newest exhibition, and support arts programming for Philly’s youth.

Fly Away With Spruce // Health We toyed around with the idea of calling this one “Get Sweaty with Spruce,” but it wasn’t as well received; we wonder why? At any rate, in May, 20 of our nearest and dearest joined us for a special spinning session at Flywheel; and as a treat for sticking it through, cranking up the resistance, and learning about our Health & Wellness grant programming, each fly-er got a voucher for a free smoothie at Pure Fare.

When I Was Young Variety Hour // LGBTQ By far our most popular engagement event of the year, nearly 50 people showed up to cheer our efforts on the second floor of Tabu in November for the “When I Was Young” Variety Hour. Spruce alumna Lansie Sylvia MC’ed the evening, introducing a list of performers like storyteller Hillary Rea, a troupe from the Philadelphia Improv Theater, singer Lex Walker, and a group of commedia dell’arte students from the Pig Iron School. THE SPRUCE FOUNDATION

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OUR PARTY. OUR WAY.

This year, we truly outdid ourselves for our signature event. The lush halls of the Arts Ballroom —nestled squarely in the Gayborhood—opened themselves up to more than 500 of our closest friends, all of whom came out to celebrate our four grantees and learn how they, too, could join us in Sprucin’ up Philadelphia. Guests bid on nearly 50 silent auction packages; enjoyed libations from Tito’s Vodka, Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Wyndridge Farm, and Yard’s; sampled desserts by Beese Knees; and danced the night away to DJ Royale.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the philanthroparty of the year! All photos below are by our incredible photographers, CJDawson Photography, unless otherwise noted as having been shared with us on Instagram.

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SPRUCE GRANTMAKING: for and by the community

John Mauricio Lyons

2014-2015 Grantmaking Co-Chair The Spruce Foundation's Grantmaking Committee provides the opportunity for young professionals to truly "redefine philanthropy." Each year, the grants awarded by the Spruce Foundation represent the result of hours of work by dozens of volunteers aged 25-35. They review nearly 100 applications, learning about the city's most innovative programs to improve youth outcomes, and contributing to a lively discussion about how Spruce funds can make the biggest impact in Philadelphia. Committee members grow in so many ways in the grantmaking process. It is so encouraging to see them take ownership in learning about all the applicants and building a fair, transparent process to award the most transformative gifts they can. The grantmaking committee is a great way to make friends, build skills, and learn about the City of Philadelphia's youth!

GRANTMAKING: A TIMELINE FALL: Committee reviews and updates the evaluation rubric.

DECEMBER: Application release, coinciding with Giving Tuesday. JANUARY: Application due date. Volunteers divide into subcommittees to review applications by focus area.

MARCH: Committee chairs make recommendations to Board. Board votes; grantees selected and notified.

APRIL: Grantee organizations honored at Spruce Gala, and awarded their grants in front of the Spruce community.

Serving on the grantmaking committee for the Spruce Foundation was a wonderful experience.

The process we used was incredibly thoughtful and rigorous; I even used parts of it for my job. I developed relationships with new friends and professional contacts, all of whom represent a talented and compassionate group of Philly's next leaders! —Jennifer Kobrin, committee member

FEBRUARY: Full committee meeting to present and vote on best applications; narrowed to top two in each focus area.

SUMMER/FALL: Committee members and chairs conduct check­ins and site visits.

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Partnerships

MAJOR DONORS: $1,000+ Julia Alter Andrew Courtney Helen Farley Madurai Ganesan &    Sangeetha R. Ganesan Matthew Grandon 

Paul Lantis The Luterman Family Richard & Deborah    Montalbano Tamar Silberberg    Shiffman & Yoav Shiffman 

GIVERS: $250-$999

American Endowment  Foundation Ned Borowsky Colleen Curren* Maura Douglas Stewart & Sally    Eisenberg  

Caroline Farley* Gary Goldsmith Sarah Goodman Gregory FCA    Communications Matthew Kurilla*

Barbara & Harvey    Luterman Marshall & McLennan    Companies Susan J. Oldenburg &    David C. Klein Philadelphia Foundation  

FRIENDS: $5-$249

Jason Angelo & Jason Ward Erica Atwood Nathaniel Bender Alexander Blau Arielle Brousse* Jackee & Denis Brousse Frances Bruno Joseph Bruno Catie Burgess Violette Carb Michael Clark Kevin Colahan Michael Connor Jennifer Curren Michael T. & Susan E. Curren Erik Didriksen Donna Dolce Margaret Dunn Robert & Nancy Elfant Robert J. English, Jr. Immaculata Ermocida* Ellen Foley  Sandra Forsht Kevin Gallagher*

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Bridget Gibbons Ingrid Gustafsson Marcus Gustafsson Nicholas Gutowski Colin Hennessy Rebekah Kaithern Stacey Kaminski Theodore Kapnek Hannah Klein Stephen Knowles Robert Lewis Jacob Markovitz Margaret Marsh Eve McCoog Helmut McIntosh Julianne Mesaric* Arthur Miller Shoshana Milovsky David Nagel Barrie Nussbaum Geraldine Okane    & Henry Spermon David Padula    & Jessica Mishel 

Pew Foundation Powers Real Estate Barbara Reynolds Betina Roher Aaron Rudd* Joshua Schwartz Jennifer Shea Sara Solow Elizabeth Starrantino* Matthew Stitt Kathryn Stroup Lansie Sylvia* Avery Taylor Elizabeth Thompson* Perry Tishgart Chris Uhrinek Morgan Vierling Edward Wagner Robert & MaryAnn Watson Julie Wertheimer William Penn Foundation Marjorie Elizabeth Wilson* Yiu Hang Wong 

Givers noted with an asterisk make recurring monthly contributions with PayPal! For more information on this and other giving options, contact info@sprucefoundation.org.

In addition to all of the sponsors and donors who give us monetary gifts to support our grants, Spruce would like to thank the partner organizations who have helped us put on engagement events designed to spread the word that ANYONE can be a philanthropist.


How can YOU get involved? All of Spruce’s work—every program, event, and initiative you’ve read about here—was done exclusively on volunteer power. Our board is made up of volunteers; our committee members are volunteers. Every single thing we do starts with someone like you saying, “How can I help?” So here are a few ways you can step in. Sign Up for Our Mailing List You’ll be the first to hear about the stuff we’re doing, the events we have planned, and whether we’re in the news; not to mention how our grantees are doing! sprucefoundation.org/mail-sign-up/

Join a Committee You don’t need to be a board member to help out! Our standing committees focus on Communications; Development; Events; & Grantmaking. If you have any interest in serving Spruce, send your resume to info@sprucefoundation.org—and let us know how you’d like to be involved!

Attend an Event We work hard to secure donated space and materials to ensure that our overhead costs are next to nothing. When you attend an event, you can feel good about the fact that not only will you learn about our work, but that you’ll be supporting it.

Sponsor Us Putting on events requires the support of community-minded partners. If your business can provide funds, space, talent, or materials to help us in exchange for promoting your brand—contact us at info@sprucefoundation.org. Let's talk!

We do not have an endowment. We do not have patrons. What we have is the ability to reach out to hundreds of eager, good-hearted young Philadelphia professionals, . to let them know that whatever they can give—as long as they’re giving it —MATTERS. We want to help you do away with the notion that if you can only give $10, it won’t be enough to be worth it. It will be. If you like what we do, please donate. If you can tell a friend, please share. Find our donation page at: http://bit.ly/1YvsPR9 A culture of giving starts with you!

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With gratitude and #sprucelove from all of us at

See you next year!

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