June 28, 2023

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

(L to R) Pedro Ramos, President, Philadelphia Foundation; Helen Hammerschmidt, Associate Vice President for Communication, Operations, and Strategy, WCU Provost Office; Rita Patel-Eng, Director, WCU Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact; Diane Melley, Executive Director & Senior Advisor, Philadelphia Foundation; and Diane Quest, Interim President and CEO, Points of Light Foundation.

West Chester University has been named a 2023 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

Community engagement is integral to the University and is part of WCU’s strategic plan, Pathways to Student Success, which illustrates how the University aligns with the Civic 50 dimensions.

“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 2023 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 the region and sets the standard for corporate stewardship.”

The Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia honorees were officially recognized on June 22 at a celebratory event at the FS Investment Corporate Headquarters in Philadelphia, 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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