FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2011
Contact: Mary C. Tracy
SCRUB Foundation Receives $26,000 Grant from the Philadelphia Foundation for Board of Directors Development
Mary C. Tracy, the Executive Director of SCRUB, the Public Voice for Public Space, is pleased to announce that SCRUB has received a $26,000 grant from the William J. McCahan 3rd Fund in Memory of Thomas C. McCahan and Florence M. McCahan to support SCRUB’s efforts to build and strengthen its Board. Announcement of the grant was made by Andrew Swinney, President of the Foundation. The Foundation’s Board of Managers approved the grant on September 16, 2011.
SCRUB began as a grassroots coalition in 1990 to stop the proliferation of billboards in Philadelphia. In 1991, SCRUB effectively spearheaded the passage of a comprehensive sign control law. In 2000, SCRUB became a 501 (c) (3) organization. Today, SCRUB serves as a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the city’s distinct visual environment through education, advocacy, and legal action. SCRUB has led volunteer attorneys and community partners in successfully challenging illegal billboards and in establishing legal precedents in land use law in Pennsylvania. SCRUB also advocates on behalf of Fairmount Park, having coordinated the legal effort to protect Burholme Park in Northeast Philadelphia from institutional development.
The Philadelphia Foundation, a public charity, is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s leading center for community philanthropic engagement and is committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties through funds established by its donors. Established in 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation continues to help donors harness their generosity and vision by providing tools, knowledge and financial stewardship directed to maximize the strategic impact of charitable contributions. Grants from more than 775 charitable funds strengthen the effectiveness of nonprofits and support programs that are vital to the people of this region.