Board Members (TSF)

The Spruce Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit that cultivates next-gen leaders and philanthropists in Philadelphia, PA. The goal and mission of our organization is to give back to Philly youth. We raise money each year through events, small donations, and sponsorships to provide grants for emerging, youth-serving Philadelphia non-profits, making the city a better place to live for everyone a little bit more each year.

To Apply

The Spruce Board is a volunteer commitment that enhances leadership skills while cultivating young philanthropy. Spruce is made up of five committees: Communications, Development, Events, Grants, and Strategic Operations. These committees run everything we do, from social media and event management, to fundraising and grant reviews. Learn more and apply to join our board today for the board cycle beginning in August on our website. Applications are due July 1.


This committee is tasked with communicating Spruce's message and news of its work to its greater constituency and local media outlets.

This work will include:

  • Producing up-to-date content for Spruce's website and social media channels
  • Maintaining online presence and newsletter
  • Creating and executing a press strategy
  • Telling the story of Spruce, its grantees, board members, donors, alumni, and next generation philanthropists

Helpful skill sets include:

  • Web development
  • Social media
  • Marketing
  • Graphic design
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization) 


This committee is responsible for establishing recommendations, systems, and protocols for individual contributions, and to strategically cultivate relationships with foundations and corporations to meet Spruce's fundraising needs.

 This work will include:

  • Helping Spruce cultivate corporate sponsors and helping board members reach their individual fundraising goals
  • Networking and fostering donor relationships
  • Training and creating training strategy for board members
  • Managing our CRM system, EveryAction


Helpful skill sets include:

  • Sales or nonprofit database knowledge
  • Relationship building
  • Interest or knowledge of individual giving, corporate sponsorship or in-kind donations
  • Detail-oriented


This committee is responsible for planning and executing all public events for Spruce, including the annual Gala and several engagement events focused on our grantmaking areas.

This work will include:

  • Leading event planning strategy
  • Securing dates and locations
  • Working with vendors
  • Managing and tracking ticket sales
  • Collaborating with the Communications committee on necessary promotion and other related tasks 

Helpful skill sets include:

  • Event planning
  • Relationships to be utilized within the city to help obtain venues, in-kind donations, etc. 


This committee is responsible for using the mission and goals of the Spruce Foundation as a guideline to design and implement the annual grantee request for proposals.


This work will include:

  • Managing the annual request for proposals and application review process
  • Creating formal recommendations to the Board to inform final grant decisions
  • Maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with grantee organizations past and present
  • Collaborating with Communications committee on Grantee promotions 

Helpful skill sets include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership
  • Organization & time management
  • Clear and effective communication, both verbal and written
  • The ability to review and analyze Grant applications with an objective, unbiased approach 

Strategic Operations (NEW)

This committee is responsible for coordinating key programs and special projects for Spruce.

This work will include:

  • Managing the Spruce Council program, aiming to cultivate young philanthropists in Philadelphia, including coordination of quarterly Spruce Council meetings
  • Strategizing and implementing alumni engagement plan alongside the Development committee
  • Leading the Spruce Recruitment process alongside the Executive committee
  • Conducting ad hoc special projects 

Helpful skill sets include:

  • Program coordination
  • Project management
  • Networking and relationship building
  • Communication skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia non-profit/philanthropy scene

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