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Welcome to the Neighborhood: The Community Foundation moves to Olde West Chester

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Someone new moved into the Olde West Chester neighborhood, but The Community Foundation of West Chester & Liberty is an old friend everyone already knows.


The Community Foundation purchased the restored home-turned commercial space at 8897 Cincinnati-Dayton Road at the corner of West Chester Lesourdesville. The move was made possible by the generosity of Park National Bank and Harvest Financial, according to Erin Clemons, President & CEO of the Foundation.


“Purchasing property demonstrates that we are 100 percent invested in the community and sustainable for the long term,” said Ms. Clemons. “Choosing a place in one of the community’s oldest commercial neighborhoods builds sense of permanency.”


The Community Foundation occupied donated office space at Park National Bank for six years, allowing the Foundation to reach this milestone. Harvest Financial, previous owner of the new location, made the purchase of the historic property possible for the Foundation without taking on the burden of debt.


The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty began in 1999 around a kitchen table with a group of dedicated community members focused on the needs of the growing region. Since then the Foundation has lived its mission of “transforming generosity to impact by encouraging, supporting and facilitating philanthropy to create a more vibrant community.”


The annual Shamrock Shuffle serves as the Foundation’s largest annual fund-raising event and brings the community together for a united purpose.


“The Community Foundation is the community’s trust fund for now and into the future,” Ms. Clemons said.


The Community Foundation is a partner in philanthropy helping to navigate the conversation about giving, providing expert guidance and efficient solutions for charitable giving goals. The Foundation works with clients to provide custom charitable strategies that maximize the financial benefit to the client and the impact for the causes they care about most. 


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