From Lynette Killen, Executive Director
Greetings from The Sarah Ralston Foundation! I’m pleased to announce that our newly launched Foundation is running smoothly and on schedule with our mission to provide grant funding to nonprofits that serve vulnerable, underserved older adults living in Philadelphia. Our General Operating Support Grant recipients have received funding, and the application deadline for our fall grant cycle that funds Innovative Programming is fast approaching. I look forward to reviewing the applications and broadening our reach!
We have enjoyed starting to get to know these nonprofits more intimately and are proud to be partnering with them in their extraordinary, transformative work to assist our elders throughout Philadelphia.
Their focus ranges from food support to housing support, advocacy to programming for the elderly and so much more. Please watch for our informational blog articles about the nonprofits on the front lines and the ways in which they address the needs of our elders in the coming weeks and months.
Thank you for your ongoing interest in The Sarah Ralston Foundation and your concern for vulnerable, underserved elders in our city!
If you’ve always wanted to volunteer, but weren’t sure where to begin, our Nonprofit Directory now contains links to sign up to become a volunteer at several of our nonprofit partners’ organizations!
Delivering meals, helping with technology, painting houses, providing companionship are all volunteer roles our nonprofit partners seek to fill. Click their volunteer links to learn more.
Fall Grant Cycle: Innovative Project Support
This grant funds projects that seek to develop or expand the scope of models that improve the delivery of health care or respond to social factors that influence the health and quality of life of older adults living in Philadelphia.
The Innovative Project Support Committee considers requests for innovative project support grants typically between $25,000 and $125,000 annually.
Blog Post: The Sarah Ralston Foundation Funds Different Models of Food Support
“Food insecurity is a very complex issue,” said Lynette Killen, Executive Director of The Sarah Ralston Foundation. “Trying to identify those that are in need of food support can also be complicated. Poverty, social isolation, lack of transportation, and limited mobility can all be obstacles in obtaining food. In addition, Philadelphia has many food deserts (defined as areas where access to fresh, quality food is hard to come by), which make it difficult for older adults with mobility or transportation issues to get to full-service grocery stores that are affordable. When you examine the issue closely, it becomes clear why there are so many elderly Philadelphians who require food support,” she said.
Blog Post: The Sarah Ralston Foundation Funds Different Models of Housing Support
Federation Housing, Urban Resources and Development (URDC) and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (RTP) are three of the spring 2023 SRF grant recipients that focus on the increasingly important issue of housing for Philadelphia’s elders. Federation Housing works to provide housing for those seniors that need it, whereas URDC and RTP offer home repair/upgrade programs to elders who currently own homes throughout the city but need help maintaining their properties.