July 5, 2022

WCU Recognized as One of the 50 Most Community-Minded Employers in the Greater Philadelphia Region

(L-R) Diane Melley, executive director and senior advisor, Philadelphia Foundation; Natalye Paquin, president and chief executive officer, Points of Light; Helen Hammerschmidt, WCU associate vice president for communications, operations, and strategy; Julie Dietrich, WCU executive director for external relations; and Pedro Ramos, president and chief executive officer of Philadelphia Foundation.West Chester University has been named a 2022 honoree of the Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia by Philadelphia Foundation, in partnership with Points of Light and local partners. Modeled after Points of Light’s national program, the Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia provides a standard for corporate citizenship and showcases how employers use their time, skills, and resources to drive social impact in their communities and companies.

The Civic 50 honorees are both private and public companies and other employers operating in the Philadelphia region. They have been selected based on four dimensions of their community engagement programs:

  • Investment of resources
  • Integration across business functions
  • Institutionalization through policies and system
  • Impact measurement

WCU’s strategic plan, Pathways to Student Success, illustrates how the University aligns with the Civic 50 dimensions through its five goals: learning, diversity and inclusion, community engagement, sustainability, and personal and professional development.

“Philadelphia Foundation is proud to recognize West Chester University’s outstanding civic engagement,” said Pedro Ramos, president and chief executive officer of Philadelphia Foundation. “All of the 2022 honorees have demonstrated great passion and dedication to making a meaningful impact in the local communities they serve. It is this type of commitment that resonates throughout a region and sets the standard for corporate stewardship. We thank West Chester University for their efforts and congratulate them on this exciting honor.”

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Also in keeping with Philadelphia Foundation’s role in advancing civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration, it serves as home to the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council, as well as the Key Skills Hub, a marketplace that matches community nonprofits with skills-based volunteers, free of charge.

 “Points of Light believes that corporate leadership and commitment to civic engagement is critical to strengthening communities, and West Chester University and the other Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia honorees exemplify that,” said Natalye Paquin, president and chief executive officer of Points of Light. “Their inclusiveness and comprehensive approach to corporate citizenship, as well as their responsiveness to reflect, learn from each other and respond to community needs, make the Greater Philadelphia region a better place for all. We are so pleased to recognize them for taking their civic responsibility seriously, and for the role they play in shaping their communities.”

The Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia honorees were officially recognized on June 23 at a celebratory event at the AmerisourceBergen Corporate Headquarters in Conshohocken, PA.

The Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia assessment is administered by True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value and consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the scoring process.

To learn more about the Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia and honorees, visit www.philafound.org/civic-50/.

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