Founder’s Letter

Founder Rick Santorum
United States Senator

Founder Rick Santorum
United States Senator

America was founded on some astoundingly simple but profound principles. We are all equal in our Creator’s eyes.We each have a God-given right to an opportunity to succeed to the best of our ability. We have a responsibility to individual liberty, as well as a responsibility to see to it that we treat others in the manner that we expect to be treated.

At OGNF, we believe those ideals are the key to solving many of our nation’s most deep-rooted problems, problems that have long cursed too many American families. We will concentrate on four areas: men, women and children, youth, and the homeless.

We’ll work with faith-based institutions and local, state and federal agencies striving to break the cycle of poverty that sours the lives of too many men, women and children in our nation. We will help, where possible, to ease the transition from welfare to work. We will support organizations seeking to curtail divorce and child abandonment.

Non-profits that mentor troubled youths, address teen violence and teen pregnancies will also be eligible for support from sbi net banking OGNF, as will faith-based institutions working to stem the tide of addiction that ravages the homeless. In addition, we see job training as one remedy to homelessness and will seek avenues to assist in that process as well.

The answers to these problems will not be found in a state or government program. Instead, the solutions have been within our grasp all along. By working together to benefit our fellow citizens in need, we strengthen our hearts and our communities and provide the best possible answers to our society’s most draining troubles. OGNF serves to connect those who want to help to those who need help the most.

Please join with me today as a supporter of Operation Good Neighbor Foundation. Thank you.

Founder Rick Santorum
United States Senator

SUMMARY OF GRANT RECIPIENTS


Organizations (Click a link below to see details.)

Grant Amount

After-School All-Stars — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Aids Alive, Inc. — Rosemont, PA

$10,000

Alice Paul House — Indiana, PA

$10,000

Alliance For a Drug Free Puerto Rico — San Juan, PR

$15,000

Birthright — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Blessed Margaret of Castello Home — Bensalem, PA

$10,000

Blessed Virgin Mary Church/Heart Beat Program — Darby, PA

$10,000

CASA/Youth Advocates — Media, PA

$10,000

Christian Counseling Service of Indiana — Indiana, PA

$6,000

Christian Sports International — Zelienople, PA

$10,000

Cranaleith Spiritual Center — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Crossing the Finish Line — East Norriton, PA

$10,000

Crossroads Foundation — Pittsburgh, PA

$10,000

Delaware County Housing Coalition — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Dreuding Center/Project Rainbow — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Esperanza Health Center — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Exodus Youth Services, Inc. — Washington, DC

$10,000

Foundation for Ichthyosis — Lansdale, PA

$15,000

Freire Charter School — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Giving of Self Partnership, Inc. — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

HealthLink Medical Center — Southampton, PA

$10,000

His Place Contact Center — Pittsburgh, PA

$10,000

HOPE Network — Pittsburgh, PA

$15,000

Inner-City Neighborhood Art House — Erie, PA

$15,000

Jewish Relief Agency — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

MANNA — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Mercy Neighborhood — Philadelphia, PA

$15,000

Miracle Center R.A.G.S. — Pittsburgh, PA

$5,000

Mothers’ Home — Darby, PA

$10,000

Mt. Airy USA — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Neighbor to Neighbor Community Development Corp. — Sharon Hill, PA

$5,000

New Life Youth & Family Services — Harleysville, PA

$8,000

New Visions — Camden, NJ

$15,000

NW Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network — Philadelphia, PA

$15,000

Overington House — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

PA Affiliate of the SIDS Alliance — Pittsburgh, PA

$10,000

Pegasus Child Advocacy Center — Carbondale, PA

$10,000

People’s Emergency Center — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Philadelphia Cares — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Presbyterian Children’s Village — Rosemont, PA

$10,000

Prison Fellowship Ministries — Washington, DC

$10,000

Redeeemer Renaissance Comm. Dev. Corp. — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Rock Ministries of Philadelphia — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Siloam — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

St. Edmond’s Home for Children — Rosemont, PA

$6,000

St. Martin Center, Inc. — Erie, PA

$10,000

Stepping Stone Scholars — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Summer Medical Institute — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Susquehanna Valley House of Hope — Danville, PA

$10,000

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation — Pittsburgh, PA

$10,000

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh, PA

$10,000

The Fellowship House of Conshohocken — Conshohocken, PA

$10,000

The Mustard Seed — Camden, NJ

$10,000

The Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, Inc. — Pittsburgh, PA

$10,000

The Northwest Center, Inc. — Washington, DC

$10,000

The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

The Shepherd’s Maternity House — East Stroudsburg, PA

$10,000

Three Rivers Communities, Inc. — Pittsburgh, PA

$10,000

Urban Family Council — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

Urban Promise — Camden, NJ

$10,000

Variety the Children’s Charity — Pittsburg, PA

$10,000

Villa Maria Education Center — Pittsburgh, PA

$15,000

Wood to Wonderful — Reading, PA

$10,000

Wordsworth — Fort Washington, PA

$10,000

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh, PA

$10,000

sbi net banking— Camden, NJ

$10,000

Youth Leadership Foundation — Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

GRANT DISBURSEMENT TOTAL

$690,000

Contributions

Operation Good Neighbor Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which accepts contributions, whether financial or in-kind, from any private source that shares Operation Good Neighbor Foundation’s goals. Corporate contributions are sbi net banking permitted. All contributions are tax deductible.
To make a contribution, please send a check payable to:Operation Good Neighbor Foundation
One Tower Bridge, Suite 1440
West Conshohocken, PA 19428

RecipientsDetail.html

Delaware County Housing Coalition
PURPOSE: Delaware County Housing Coalition (DCHC) is a faith-based social service organization focusing on the revitalization of the city of Chester. DCHC has developed a unique model of organizing volunteers to turn around transitional neighborhoods through facade improvement programs.
The Northwest Center, Inc.
PURPOSE: The Northwest Center is a pregnancy center and maternity home supporting pregnant and parenting women from the urban poor population in Washington, DC. This social service organization provides housing, counseling, material assistance, pre-natal care, medical and legal services, educational opportunities, job training and child care.
U.S. Senator Santorum, Jennifer Graves, Joseph Vitale, and Ravi Kothare, BOA memberYouth Golf & Academics Program
PURPOSE: Youth Golf & Academics Program provides academic support for at-risk children in low-income neighborhoods. The developmental programs, serving the cities of Camden and Philadelphia, function as an essential piece of the support network for high-risk, inner-city children.
Ravi Kothare, Garry Maddox, U.S. Senator Santorum, Kerry Ann Williams and Patrick SheridanThe Fellowship House of Conshohocken
PURPOSE: The Fellowship House of Conshohocken’s overall mission is the provision of recreation, social, cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of the borough of Conshohocken and the surrounding area in an effort to bring families and community together as well as promote normal social growth and development of individuals within the community.
Crossroads Foundation
Purpose: Crossroads Foundation is a faith-based organization whose mission is to nurture the academic and personal development of highly motivated at-risk low-income adolescents from economically distressed Pittsburgh communities.Matt Stalder, U.S. Senator Santorum, Jan Hayes and Jim StalderBirthright
PURPOSE: 
Birthright is a practical emergency pregnancy service that focuses on helping a distressed pregnant mother by making her feel supported and encouraged to bring her baby to birth. The organization provides the necessary services e.g. education, financial assistance, medical help, legal advice, parenting skills, clothes, etc. in order to assist a mother to bring her baby to birth and provide a stable home environment.
U.S. Senator Santorum, Sister Joanne Uet
and Annie Regan
Return to Summary of Grant Recipients PageThe Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, Inc.
PURPOSE: NCFH is a tenant organization founded and run by residents of a HUD multi-family section “8” development. Teens Taking Action in Pittsburgh (TTAP) is a special life skills program for youth in low-income families in the Pittsburgh community.Asia Howell, U.S. Senator Santorum and Ronell GuyDreuding Center/Project Rainbow
PURPOSE: Drueding Center/Project Rainbow, a social service organization, is the oldest transitional housing program for women and children in Philadelphia. The Center provides a much needed service in the North Philadelphia area by helping homeless women and their children obtain permanent housing, and the life skills to remain independent and develop family self-sufficiency.U.S. Senator Santorum, Anne Marie Collins and Christine JohnstonW. Wilson Goode, Sr., U.S. Senator Santorum and Rev. Wayne CroftRedeemer Renaissance Community Developement Corporation
PURPOSE: Redeemer Renaissance Community Development Corporation is the only faith-based community development organization located in the Point Breeze (PBC) neighborhood of South Philadelphia. The organization seeks to assist in revitalization, rejuvenation, education and empowerment of PBC.
New Life Youth & Family Services
PURPOSE:New Life & Family Services is a faith-based social service organization offering comprehensive services to over 700 children, youth and their families. The organization serves both adjudicated and nonadjudicated males, offering both residential and communitybased programs and services, and additional programs for adolescent females and their families. Its mission is to “provide spiritual, educational and counseling programs designed to promote growth of the whole person”.
U.S. Senator Santorum, Peg Renner and Bill TarrMiracle Center R.A.G.S.
PURPOSE: Miracle Center, a faith-based social service organization, has an overall mission to provide mentoring, counseling, encouragement and support to at-risk disadvantaged, homeless and abused children, youth and adults to better enable them to overcome troubling circumstances in their environment and to grow to their full potential in spirit, mind and body.
U.S. Senator Santorum, Reverend Campbell, Reverend Bernadine Campbell and Jim StalderThe Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation
PURPOSE:The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s mission is to improve the physical, economic and social conditions within three predominantly low-income neighborhoods in Pittsburgh’s East End. BGC will kickoff its capital budget campaign to address real estate improvements for three community service centers, to invest in needed upgrades for the organization to enable it to better meet the social needs of its communities and to stabilize its financial condition, enabling BGC to continue to undertake aggressive redevelopment and social service programs.

Blessed Virgin Mary Church/Heart Beat Program
PURPOSE: Blessed Virgin Mary Church’s Heart Beat is a faith-based outreach program whose mission is to provide holistic health care (spiritual, psychosocial and physical) and supportive services to the Darby community and the surrounding communities in Delaware County. Heart Beat represents health promotion, education, advocacy, resources, training and bringing community together.
U.S. Senator Santorum, Sister Mary Elizabeth Burke and Reverend Joseph Corley
Return to Summary of Grant Recipients PageExodus Youth Services, Inc.
PURPOSE: Exodus Youth Services is an ecumenical Catholic ministry of educational, social service, and recreational outreach programs serving the needs of homeless, runaway, latchkey, and refugee children, their families, and the elderly for over 16 years in the metropolitan Washington DC area.U.S. Senator Santorum and Virginia Kemper JacksonInner-City Neighborhood Art House
PURPOSE: The Benedictine Sisters’ Inner-City Neighborhood Art House provides programs to give inner-city youth an experience of the arts. This faith-based social service organization has a diverse curriculum providing free lessons in literary, performing and visual arts to at-risk youth in Erie’s most impoverished inner city neighborhoods.Philadelphia Cares
PURPOSE: Philadelphia Cares, a non-profit organization, exists solely to support the work of social service agencies that serve low-income, disadvantaged populations. The organization recruits, trains and manages volunteers who then serve as auxiliary staff to social service agencies in the Philadelphia area. 
U.S. Senator Santorum, Lissa Hilsee and
Nathan Hamm
Esperanza Health Center
PURPOSE: Esperanza Health Center is a holistic healthcare center focusing on primary care and prevention for the working poor, mostly Latino, of North Philadelphia. Esperanza seeks to change lives by providing healthcare oriented to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of an estimated target population of 24,000 medically underprivileged persons.

Return to Summary of Grant Recipients PageJEWISH RELIEF AGENCY
PURPOSE: Jewish Relief Agency is a faith-based social service organization that feeds needy families and other homebound families in Northeast Philadelphia. JRAdistributes food staples monthly door-to-door to over 1,500 families, including the elderly, the homebound or those having trouble accessing food. The agency’s strong reliance on volunteers makes this a cost effective operation.
U.S. Senator Santorum, Mike O’Neill, and
Menachem Schmidt, BOA Member 
Wood-to-Wonderful, INC.
PURPOSE: Wood-to-Wonderful, Inc. of Reading, Pennsylvania is a grass roots social service organization whose main focus is “Reading is Toyrific¨”. This outreach program motivates low-income and children-in-need to read and appreciate books by providing a book and a corresponding toy each month of the school year. This organization is a unique service organization because it is nearly 100% volunteer driven with only one paid staff member.AIDS Alive, Inc.
PURPOSE: AIDS Alive’s mission is to increase AIDS awareness and provide emotional, psychological and spiritual support to individuals and families affected by HIV. The agency fills a critical service gap by providing youth development programs that utilize youth-driven, familyinclusive strategies to address multiple issues faced by diverse populations of youth in the Philadelphia region.Kathy Campbell, U.S. Senator Santorum, Martie Gillin and Don GayhardtAlliance For A Drug Free Puerto Rico
PURPOSE:Alliance For a Drug Free Puerto Rico is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and restrain drug trafficking. Through an anti-drug campaign in the mass media, Alliance serves to address all population segments with comprehensive educational anti-drug programs and workshops. 
Alice Paul House
PURPOSE: Alice Paul House, a domestic violence shelter, provides shelter services, education, crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling outreach for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and other related crimes.
U.S. Senator Santorum, Kimberlee Cunkelman, and Mike Crofton
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of the Philadelphia, INC.
PURPOSE: The mission of Mercy Neighborhood Ministries is to create partnerships and services that respond to the needs of the poor community in North Philadelphia. The organization’s adult programs serve the most vulnerable poor population; the elderly, women, and physically and mentally challenged adults residing in personal care facilities located in the Tioga-Nicetown section of North Philadelphia.
Foundation for Icthyosis &
Related Skin Types
PURPOSE: Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, a social service organization located in Lansdale,
Pennsylvania, is dedicated to helping individuals and families affected with ichthyosis, a rare genetic skin disease
characterized by dry, cracked, scaling and thickened skin. The Foundation provides support, information, education,
advocacy and supports research into causes, treatment and a cure for ichthyosis.
Variety The Children’s Charity
PURPOSE: Variety the Children’s Charity in Pittsburgh helps children with special needs and disabilities by providing enabling equipment, special devices and the opportunity to participate in social, educational and physical activities. Variety’s Kids on the Go! Program provides mobility equipment for children with disabilities living in 8 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization’s annual Camp Variety for Kids offers summer day camp at no cost to families.

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Application Info

Thank you for your interest in seeking a grant from Operation Good Neighbor Foundation.

Operation Good Neighbor Foundation provides sbi net banking financial assistance to non-profit organizations engaged in faith-based social services. We seek to address the needs of the underprivileged, the vulnerable and the indefensible, and to extend opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of those we influence.

Please click a link below to download forms for your application:

  • Grant Guidelines
  • Grant Application Form
  • Board of Advisors

(Please note that the information is in PDF format. If necessary, please click here to get Adobe Reader.)

The grant application form and a letter of recommendation from a member of the Board of Advisors must be submitted with all proposals. The present list of our Board of Advisors is included for your review.The next deadlines for grant requests are May 15th and October 15th.

Please feel free to contact Maria Diesel, Finance Director, at 610-430-0271 should you have any questions.