Continued Giving

As we look back over the past year, the Trustees, advisors and staff staunchly reaffirmed the Trust’s mission of ensuring basic human needs, supplementing higher education scholarships, supporting maritime education/maritime heritage preservation, and enabling basic medical research in the areas of heart disease, cancer and AIDS. Major funding cuts, both federal and local, resulted in demand for basic needs of food, clothing and shelter to remain at crisis levels. During this time of immense community need, the Trust continued to place emphasis on providing a safety-net through the Food, Clothing and Shelter Grants Program, with the focus being on direct provision of food, clothing and shelter emergencies. We recognize the courage, creativity, hard work, and effectiveness of the individuals who staff the institutions we support.

The financial holdings continued to be redefined, with the goal of maintaining the value of the portfolio with stable performing assets and safe holdings. The Trust, with the prudent counsel of expert outside advisors, has been fortunate to have the benefit of consistent and excellent stewardship at all levels. New grants of $5,814,910 were approved from April 2016 through March 2017, bringing the total funding made available since 1977 to $210,867,973.

The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust continues to encourage strong relationships with its partners as it attempts to protect and improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. In that vein, its pledge to enable children and the elderly to improve their lives, its commitment to medical excellence, and its promise to bring college education to regional students is unswerving. With the resources of the Charitable Trust, Bill Smith planned to encourage young people to excel in all aspects of their lives through education, to advance the application of medical research, and to encourage individuals, both young and old, to reach their highest potential. These are the standards that have characterized the Trust and they are a reflection of Bill Smith’s exceptional vision. It is the Trustees intention to continue to support and promote programs that are clearly focused and well planned in honor of its founder, William Wikoff Smith.

The Trustees wish to thank all of the organizations that submitted proposals during this time period, the members of the Trust’s independent medical advisory committees, recipient organizations, the investment team, and the Trust staff.



Organization Research Title Amount # of Years

Cancer Research
The Children's Hospital Foundation Understanding Cancer-Cell Killing Mechanisms of Immune Cells $100,000 1
Drexel University Creating a New Paradigm for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment $100,000 1
Fox Chase Cancer Center The Role of IL-1 Signaling and its Therapeutic Implications in Inflammation and Hepatocellular Carcinoma $100,000 1
Johns Hopkins University Widespread but Cancer-Selective Gene Therapy of Brain Tumors $100,000 1
Temple University UV-Induced Epigenetic Field-Effect as a Novel Target for Melanoma Therapy and Prevention $100,000 1
Thomas Jefferson University Elimination of Adoptive Cell Therapy (ACT) Toxicity by Hypoxic Regulation of Antigen Receptors $100,000 1
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia The Role of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Transporters (SVCT1/SVCT2) on Prostate Cancer Proliferation, Invasiveness and Tumorigenesis $100,000 1
The Wistar Institute Regulation of Cellular Senescence Through 3D Genome Organization $106,000 1
AIDS Research    
Johns Hopkins University Expansion Dynamics and Functional Analysis of HIV-1 Latent Reservoir $100,000 1
Temple University A Novel Approach for the Eradication of HIV-1 Infection $100,000 1
University of the Sciences High Resolution Imaging of Nuclear Events in HIV-1 Latency $99,615 1
Heart Disease Research    
The Children's Hospital Foundation Mechanism of CD47 Mediated Inhibition of Platelets $100,000 1
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Novel Strategies to Improve Cardiac VLCAD Deficiency $110,000 1
Drexel University Vascularized Magnetic Scaffolds for Treatment of Myocardial Infarction $100,000 1
Johns Hopkins University Manipulating Communication Networks of Human Atrial Fibrillation $100,000 1
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Pennsylvania State University) Identifying Non-Coding Casual Variants in Heart Disease $119,371 1
Thomas Jefferson University Role of CXCR4 in Cardiac Myocytes Apoptosis Induced by Inflammatory Proteases $103,000 1
University of Pennsylvania Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Myocardial Work Density in Heart Failure $115,169 1
Juvenile Diabetes Research Special Medical Grant   1
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation University of Pennsylvania: Menin Regulates GLP-1 Signaling and Beta Cell Proliferation, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania: Epigenetic Programming of Pancreatic Alpha Cells to Beta Cells $115,000 1

Organization Grant Description Amount # of Years
Zoological Society of Philadelphia To support their Community Access Program, providing zoo visits to children who otherwise would not have the chance to experience the zoo. $75,000 1

Organization Grant Description Amount # of Years
Philadelphia Maritime Museum To support the expansion and evaluation of the SAILOR (Science and Arts Innovative Learning on the River) program. $75,000 1
Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory To support the expansion of the Boat, Build and Sail program with one-time infrastructure expenses related to securing the space for and outfitting their new sail loft, and for materials needed for their core boat-building activities. $40,000 1
UrbanPromise Ministries, Inc. To support the cost of supplies and materials for nine boats built by BoatWorks students. To expand their wooden boat program and enhance the historical, environmental and STEM curriculums. $25,000 1



Arcadia University $72,500    
Bryn Mawr College $65,500    
Bucks County Community College Foundation $25,000    
Cabrini University $63,000    
Cairn University $57,000    
Camden County College Foundation $25,000    
Chestnut Hill College $64,500    
Community College of Philadelphia Foundation $25,000    
Delaware County Community College $25,000    
Delaware Valley University $63,500    
Drexel University $130,000    
Eastern University $65,000    
Gwynedd-Mercy University $68,000    
Haverford College $30,000    
Holy Family University $64,500    
Immaculata University $60,000    
LaSalle University $81,000    
Lincoln University $51,000    
Manor College $30,000    
Montgomery County Community College Foundation $25,000    
Moore College of Art and Design $63,500    
Neumann University $62,500    
Peirce College $44,000    
Penn State Brandywine $41,500    
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts $65,500    
Philadelphia University $73,000    
Rosemont College $52,500  
Rowan University Foundation $111,000    
Rutgers University Foundation $65,000    
St. Joseph's University $91,000    
Temple University $190,000    
University of Pennsylvania $30,000    
The University of the Arts $73,500    
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia $74,500    
Ursinus College $74,500    
Villanova University $94,000    
West Chester University $110,000    
Widener University $80,000    
Williamson College of the Trades $30,000    



Organization Project Amount
Aid for Friends Food and proper packaging for home delivered meals for the needy disabled and elderly homebound. $25,600
Bethesda Project To provide food and basic needs (linens, furniture, cleaning supplies) for elderly homeless and formerly homeless clients. $25,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Kitchen equipment, cooking supplies, and food to implement the Kids Cafe program at their Northeast Frankford and Bridesburg Clubs. $45,000
Broad Street Ministry To provide critical kitchen enhancements (tilt skillet and new kitchen hood), as well as food, underwear and socks for low-income, vulnerable elderly, families and children. $50,000
Carson Valley Children's Aid Renovation of the school kitchen into a functional cafeteria to serve 159 youth daily. $67,500
Center for Family Services, Inc. To create a unique client assistance fund that will support former foster and shelter youth as they transition to permanent housing. To cover needed household items such as towels, bedding and kitchenware. $18,000
Center in the Park To purchase food and kitchen supplies for their Breakfast Basics program serving vulnerable older adults. To purchase a new commercial kitchen range and hood necessary for the Breakfast Basics and congregate lunch programs. $13,000
Christ's Home To provide food, clothing, and hygiene supplies for the children in their care and to replace furniture in their Warminster campus cottages. $45,000
Covenant House of Pennsylvania To provide three meals a day, each day, for six months from their kitchens in Germantown Philadelphia to 250 homeless young people in Philadelphia. $52,500
Cradle of Hope, Inc. Repairs to the existing structure and procurement of household furnishings in order to meet housing codes and prepare the new home for residents. $10,000
Dignity Housing To replace the 15 to 20-year old heating and hot water systems for 15 units of Permanent Supportive Housing. $24,000
The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc. To support necessary repairs to address health and safety issues for the Emergency Shelter: purchase basic furniture, bedding, appliances, and other necessities for the clients; meet fire code updates; and other necessary work. $12,500
Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, Inc. For low-income, elderly Philadelphia homeowners, to repair or replace their heaters with new condensing furnaces with an efficiency rating of AFUE 92 or higher. $22,000
Episcopal Community Services To purchase food and food services supplies to supplement donations and sustain the St. Barnabas Mission Healthy Meals Program and Community Food Cupboard. $58,500
Face to Face To purchase food for meals in their dining room, serving low-income families and the elderly, and to help with their emergency fund to address their clients' basic human needs. $35,000
Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children Homeless Prevention Program, Emergency Family Shelter, and Outreach to Homeless Families: food and shelter supplies, basic shelter costs, rental assistance. $17,500
Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry To provide rent, mortgage, utility or other emergency funding that would allow low-income, Northwest Philadelphia residents to remain in their homes. $45,000
Golden Slipper Center for Seniors To provide hot, nutritious lunches to a profoundly poor group of elderly living in subsidized housing in Philadelphia. $20,000
Good Neighbors Home Repair To provide free home repair (roofs, HVAC, hot water heaters, window replacements, etc.) for seniors and low-income families with children, as well as food costs for their summer youth volunteers helping with the builds. $28,000
Good Works, Inc. To provide building materials for basic and essential home repairs for low-income homeowners in Chester County. $30,000
Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services To purchase food for the "special of the day" congregate meal program at Encore Cafe, for the lunch-time meal program at The PEAK Center, and funds toward the purchase of a new walk-in refrigerator. $29,000
Greensgrow Philadelphia Project, Inc. To purchase food for the expansion of the Greensgrow SNAP Box fresh food program to accommodate 220 weekly participant families. $22,880
Housing Partnership of Chester County, Inc. To provide help to repair dangerous conditions in homes, as well as access and safety modifications for low-income families and senior residents of Chester County. $10,000
JEVS Purchase 120 beds from the Beds for Kids program to distribute to low-income families in their Work Ready Program. $17,500
Jewish Family and Children's Services Funding for two components of the Critical Needs Program for low-income families with children and the elderly: rent relief and food vouchers. $40,000
Jewish Relief Agency Purchase fresh produce and non-perishable pantry items for food boxes delivered directly to the homes of low-income recipient households. $25,000
Lily's Hope Foundation To provide resources to families with premature babies through their Packages of Hope. $5,000
Lutheran Children and Family Service To provide food vouchers, rent/utility assistance, and breakfast bags to vulnerable seniors who are experiencing severe financial hardships. $44,000
MANNA Purchase food to help meet the nutritional challenges of children, elderly and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. $45,000
Manna on Main Street Funding for emergency food services and the purchase of a walk-in freezer when they move to North Penn Commons in September 2016. $35,000
Maternity Care Coalition To purchase and distribute food, formula, sleepers/infant clothing, cribs, crib sheets, and other infant care supplies as part of their MOMobile Program and Cribs for Kids programs for low-income families. $50,000
Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, Inc. To purchase food for their food programs and as needed clothing for their clients. $10,000
Miriam and Robert M. Rieder House, Inc. Funding for their Senior Congregate Meal Program to provide nutritious, balanced meals to low-income, frail elderly residents. $17,000
Mitzvah Circle Foundation To purchase toiletries, incontinence products (diapers), underwear, children's shoes, and clothing for hard-to-fit children. $15,000
Montgomery County Foundation Inc. To provide basic household goods and food for families with children and the elderly who are transitioning from shelter to affordable housing. $25,000
Mothers' Home Kitchen renovations: replace appliances, countertops and cabinets. $30,000
Net Community Care As part of their Emergency Family Fund, to provide needy families with beds/bedding, emergency clothing (including school clothing), food, furniture, and baby equipment. $15,000
Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network To meet the basic needs of children and youth in shelter and post-shelter for food, clothing, and personal necessities. To purchase replacement beds and provide modest emergency aid for families coming out of shelter and post-shelter. $33,500
One House at a Time To purchase 260 new twin mattresses, bed frames, and bed kits for children living in poverty stricken neighborhoods. $25,000
The Open Link To purchase food and provide rent/utility assistance to their low-income clients, as well as lunches for seniors and home-delivered meals for the isolated elderly. $25,000
Operation Warm Provide new warm winter coats for disadvantaged children in the Delaware Valley Region. $25,000
Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center Purchase food for their food cupboard, and to fulfill emergency requests of rent and utility assistance. $8,500
Oxford Area Senior Center To purchase a new commercial refrigerator and freezer to support the Center's nutrition programs. $5,000
Parkesburg Point Youth Center To meet the food needs of at-risk youth from low-income families in western Chester County, by providing free meals. $22,000
Penn Asian Senior Services To provide culturally considerate hot meals and snacks daily to the low-income, frail Asian seniors in attendance at the Penn Asian Jubilee Center. $40,000
The Philadelphia Project To purchase supplies and tools to perform necessary repairs and maintenance on the homes of their elderly, disabled, low-income, and single-parent family clients. $15,000
Presby's Inspired Life To support the establishment of the Cupboards of Care program in order to serve low-income residents of their Affordable Housing in need of adequate nutritional services. $25,000
Project H.O.M.E. To purchase food for daily meal services to elderly, frail, and chronically ill homeless adults living at their two Safe Haven residences. $20,000
Project Outreach For their Emergency Services program to help cover the costs of emergency housing/shelter, utility assistance, beds for kids, and home heating oil. $8,500
Raymond and Miriam Klein JCC To purchase food to provide home-delivered meals to vulnerable and frail seniors who are not able to cook or food shop for themselves. $40,000
Rebuilding Together Philadelphia To purchase building supplies so they can continue to work on rehabilitating the homes of low-income families, the elderly, and those with disabilities. $50,000
Resources for Human Development To purchase clothing for children, especially winter coats or boots; to provide food and clothing for babies; and to purchase beds and strollers for infants. $43,500
Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey To help cover the cost of housing and provide warm, home-cooked meals for seriously ill and injured children and their families. $15,475
Roxborough Presbyterian Church To purchase food, both perishable and non-perishable, for their food pantry, The Table. $5,000
Saint Vincent de Paul Society/Sacred Heart Conference To provide food, clothing, rental, and utility assistance to those needy in the community. $5,000
Senior Adult Activity Center of the Phoenixville Area To provide food for their Community Breakfast Program and Alternate Lunch Program. $11,700
St. Francis & St. Vincent Homes To repair, replace and upgrade the kitchen cabinets, countertops, hoods, and service windows in five cottages on their Bensalem campus. $62,000
St. Joseph Villa For security purposes, installation of security cameras in 36 hallways of newly created households, and installation of card reader gates in the outside patio. $50,000
St. Peter's Church Food Cupboard Food for their on-site and satellite food cupboards. $20,000
Surrey Services for Seniors To purchase stackable chairs, foldable tables, square tables, 46.5 cu. ft. freezer, display refrigerator w/glass door, commercial grade dishwasher, and food for their congregate and take-home meals programs. $50,000
Trinity Memorial Church (Community Outreach Partnership) To help cover the cost of physical improvements to the pantry, laundry, shower, and concrete floor of their shelter facility for homeless men. $20,000
Turning Points for Children For their Food and Wellness Network (FAWN), to maintain the nutritional value of food currently offered and supply basic needs to their Lower Northeast pantry. $35,000
Utility Emergency Services Fund To provide emergency utility, rent and mortgage assistance for needy families through their traditional program. $50,000
Veterans Multi-Service Center, Inc. To purchase food and food service supplies to begin a food service program where housing and employment services are offered to Veterans at their Coatesville location. $10,000
West Chester Food Cupboard To purchase fresh produce, dairy products, and nonperishable healthy food items for their clients throughout the calendar year. $28,000
The Whosoever Gospel Mission and Rescue Home Association of Germantown Avenue To help provide for the basic needs of food (three full meals plus snacks daily), clothing and shelter (heat, electricity, etc.) for their elderly residents. $23,750
Why Not Prosper, Inc. Emergency Fund to purchase clothing and school backpacks for children who are in kinship care, foster care, etc. and to assist clients when leaving Why Not Prosper House to purchase basic household supplies and furniture. $5,000