The Spruce Foundation Selects Its Partner Organizations for 2013-2014

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Each Nonprofit Organization Granted $5,000 to Support its Objectives of Serving At-Risk Youth in Philadelphia

The Spruce Foundation today announced that it has selected its partner organizations for 2013-2014. The Asian Arts Initiative was selected for the Spruce Foundation’s arts program area; The Attic Youth Center for its LGBTQ program area; iPRAXIS for its education program area; and Girls on the Run Philadelphia for its health and wellness program area. The Spruce Foundation will grant each organization $5,000 to support its individual efforts to serve Philadelphia’s at-risk youth.

“Spring boarding from our largest grant making cycle yet, $25,000 awarded at our April gala, the Spruce Foundation is thrilled to announce the 2013-2014 grantees”, says J. Rudy Flesher, Co-President of the Spruce Foundation. “We’re confident that each non-profit organization will be excellent stewards of our four program areas: arts, education, health and wellness, and LGBTQ.”

The partner organizations were selected for their ability to evaluate and measure their efficacy and impact that their programs have on at-risk youth in Philadelphia.

About The Spruce Foundation

Founded in 2007, The Spruce Foundation is a volunteer-based, young professional-led nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia. The Spruce Foundation redefines philanthropy and cultivates the next generation of philanthropists through community giving and grant-making in support of Philadelphia’s youth. For more information please visit

About Asian Arts Initiative

Asian Arts Initiative is a community based arts center in Philadelphia's Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood that engages artists and everyday people to create art that explores the diverse experiences of Asian Americans, addresses our social context, and imagines and effects positive community change. Asian Arts Initiative has a community curators program, regular performance events, and their Youth Arts Workshop, which uses art as a common ground to increase youth's confidence and skills. For more information, please call 215-557-0455 or visit

About The Attic Youth Center

The Attic Youth Center is the only organization in Philadelphia exclusively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies. The Attic’s goal is to reduce the isolation felt by LGBTQ youth by providing a sense of community and developing programs and services to counteract the prejudice and oppression that LGBTQ youth often face. All Attic programming is based on a youth development model and aims to build community, reduce isolation, combat homophobia, promote knowledge and life skills, and develop future leaders. More information is available at


iPRAXIS is an organization whose mission is to open the doors of science and discovery to new generations of youth in Philadelphia through innovative educational programming. iPRAXIS works to connect resources with under-served communities, allowing more opportunities in scientific enterprise for people of all backgrounds. iPRAXIS encourages the active participation in the sciences through advocacy and outreach. To learn more visit

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run Philadelphia is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade. The mission of Girls on the Runis is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls on the Run Philadelphia is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada. To learn more visit

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