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2 Jun 2016

Local non-profits receive grants to help with summer programs

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June 2, 2016 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Derrick Gathers (l) and D. Jeff Murray from the Youth Starz Ministries, and Ken Scott (r), President of Beech Companies.

Alston-Beech Foundation awards more than $20,000 to non-profits improving North Philadelphia


The Alston Beech Foundation recently awarded more than $20,000 to a dozen non-profits at the bi-annual Consortium Meeting – many of which will use the funding to organize summer programs for neighborhood youth. All organizations who received the grant have shown considerable efforts to compliment and foster revitalization efforts in the North Central Philadelphia community.

D. Jeff Murray, Advisor and Advocate for Youth Starz Ministry, says that the grant will help nearly 100 children participate in their summer basketball tournment. Each year, the program works to help these students build character and improve their behavior in their communities and in the classroom.

“Many of our participants are children who are coming through the child service system,” states Murray. “Since we’ve started this program, we have seen students improve their attendance in school and are actually excited about being involved in activities in the community.”

Businesses like Youth Starz Ministry., the New Freedom Theatre. and the Carver Science Fair were among the organizations awarded, with programming that range from entrepreneurship development, financial literacy, technology and educational excellence.

“The non-profits awarded at our Consortium Meeting represent organizations whose passion is having a growing impact and is improving the North Philadelphia community,” states Christine Brown, Executive Director of Beech Community Services. “They are actively working to move their ideas forward, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to present these grants knowing that it will truly serve our community.”

To be eligible for the ABF grant, organizations must be incorporated and classified as tax-exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code and as public charities, under section 509 (a) of that code. For-profit organizations and individuals are not eligible for funding. For the complete list of requirements, organizations should visit

Since 2006, the Alston-Beech Foundation has provided grants to support the mission of the Alston-Beech Foundation. ABF award recipients include:

· African American United Fund

· Alliance for Progress Charter School

· Blackhawks Athletic Club, Inc.

· Carver Science Fair

· Men and Women for Human Excellence, Inc.

· Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

· New Freedom Theater

·Susquehanna Clean Up Pick Up, Inc.

· The Advocate Center for Culture and Education

· The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise

· Yorktown Community Development Corporation

· Youth Starz Ministries, Inc.

Please visit for proposal instructions and to obtain an application.

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