Shane C. Stewart Memorial Youth Fund

In memory of Carol Stewart, Carol’s loved ones will determine how donations made to this fund can best benefit the community and honor Carol’s memory.

Allen R. Schutt Memorial Fund

Allen’s loved ones will determine how donations made to this fund can best benefit the community and honor Allen’s memory.

The Community Foundation administers memorial funds to help families who want to do something charitable in their loved one’s memory.

Power Of The Purse In Berks County Fund

7 Reasons to Join Power of the Purse

Improve the Lives of Women and Girls in Berks County

Women have a huge impact on our families, community and the next generation of both women and men.

The Power of the Purse has focused on funding programs that help break the cycle of poverty by eliminating or addressing barriers for Berks County girls and women who want to enter or re-enter the workforce or seek the education they need to do so.

Just scroll down to see the list of grants we’ve given to organizations that are doing important work.

Participate in Research-Based Philanthropy

With Power of the Purse, you can rest easy knowing your dollars are spent in a responsible, effective way. Our funding process starts with a discussion of local issues affecting women and girls and continues with an evaluation of and site visits to programs aimed at improving their lives.

Magnify Your Impact

Through the power of collective giving, your annual gift has the added impact of gifts from dozens of other women. Nowhere else can a relatively modest gift do so much to assist organizations and the women and girls they serve.

Tailor Your Involvement

Whether you prefer just writing a check or also becoming deeply involved, you’re free to do as much or as little as you like, and you can evaluate your involvement every year.

Learn About Issues and Philanthropy

Power of the Purse is an opportunity to learn about the needs of our community and how to effectively address them.

Meet Like-Minded Women

Whether you’re a newcomer or a Berks County native, Power of the Purse helps you connect with women in our community and beyond. Share your expertise, learn about pressing issues and build lasting relationships with new friends.

Leverage Operating Costs and Expertise

As an initiative of Berks County Community Foundation, Power of the Purse benefits from their years of experience and financial stewardship.