CHOP Cares Community Fund and Grants Program

Beyond their commitment to caring for children at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and in the CHOP Care Network, many CHOP employees have a strong connection to and are deeply involved in the surrounding communities. CHOP employees care about the Hospital’s patients and their families and many volunteer their time outside of work hours to promote health and wellness their community.

In recognition of this dedication to children in our community, CHOP encourages ongoing involvement by offering competitive grants to support employee volunteer efforts.* These grants come from the CHOP Cares Community Fund, which includes money raised through the sale of CHOP specialty license plates as well as individual donations and Hospital contributions.

With the assistance of the Community Advisory Board, the Office of Community Relations awards grants to CHOP employees to fill a specific health or wellness-related need in one of the many Pennsylvania and New Jersey communities CHOP serves. Most grants are intended to help all children — not just CHOP patients — in the communities where they live, so projects are required to have an impact outside the walls of the Hospital and our Care Network locations. Some projects are implemented in collaboration with programs and experts already working with the targeted populations.

Grant projects have touched on everything from child literacy and eating better to helping children cope with disease, from reproductive health education to boosting kids’ activity levels and fighting obesity. Read more about these projects and how they're helping fulfill specific needs in the communities we serve.

If you are a current CHOP employee, please go to the CHOP intranet and search for “CHOP Community Grants Program” to learn how to apply. 

*Grants are awarded only to CHOP employees. Outside applications will not be accepted.

CHOP Community Advisory Board

In an effort to become even more engaged in communities throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, CHOP established a Community Advisory Board. The Board consists of both CHOP employees and civic leaders who demonstrate an interest in improving the health and lives of children and families in their communities.

The mission of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Community Advisory Board is to further promote the health and well-being of children and families in the communities we serve by coordinating, enhancing, recognizing and supporting — through the CHOP Cares Community Fund — the philanthropic and volunteer efforts of CHOP employees.

The board’s primary responsibility is to advise on the awarding of CHOP Cares Community Fund grants. The board also provides invaluable insight regarding partnerships or recommendations to help applicants optimize their ability to meet community needs.

CHOP Community Advisory Board:

  • David M. Rosenberg, David and Marjorie Rosenberg Foundation (Board Chair)
  • Nikki Bagby, Marketing and Outreach Manager, Eastern PA, United Healthcfare Community Plan
  • Claire Bowers, Specialty Care Site Manager, CHOP
  • Joy Burrell, Environmental Services, CHOP
  • Elizabeth Coover, Clinical Dietition, Healthy Weight Program, CHOP
  • Amy Cressman, Social Worker, Global Medicine, CHOP
  • Cassandra Green, Peoples Emergency Center-CDC, Manager, Community Outreach and Partnerships
  • Yocibel Mejia, Director of Operations, Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey
  • Garrett O’Dwyer, Policy and Communications Associate,  Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations 
  • Jill Roberts, Executive Director, Healthy Rowhouse Project
  • Mare Rosenbaum, Principal, Homeward Bound & Associate, Curci Group
  • Viviann Schorle, Community Prevention Supervisor at Family Services of Montgomery County
  • Anna Spraycar, Senior Director, Office of Safety and Clinical Operations, CHOP
  • Dave Taylor, Assistant Director, Post Doc Affairs, CHOP Research Institute
  • Erin Titze, Social Worker, Adolescent Initiative, CHOP
  • Lindsay Waqar, Clinical Research Coordinator, Rheumatology, CHOP


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