Univest Corporation recently awarded $43,389 to six educational organizations in Chester and Delaware counties that qualify for the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The donations will be used to support educational improvement programs and scholarships for kindergarten through 12th grades. Ultimately, these funds will provide public schools with innovative programming to enhance learning opportunities and allow private schools to offer need-based scholarships to give families the opportunity to provide a faith-based education that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.
Supporting the local communities it serves is at the heart of Univest’s corporate culture. It’s Committed to Local philanthropic program includes corporate financial support, employee volunteerism and employee leadership through board and committee service. In 2017, Univest donated more than $1.8 million to 544 charitable organizations across its service area and 57% of those donations went directly to support youth and education. Additionally, Univest employees educated 4,578 students and community members through a variety of financial literacy programs and partnerships and volunteered 19,152 hours serving local nonprofits.
Pictured are: Dr. George McFarland, head of school, Delaware County Christian School; Andy Landis, senior vice president, Univest Bank and Trust Co.; Allison Snavely, director of development, Chester County Historical Society; Suzette Baird, assistant director of development, Church Farm School; Kim Detwiler, senior vice president and director of corporate communications, Univest Corporation; Mike Keim, president, Univest Bank and Trust Co.; and Dr. Janice Bowdre, head of school, Frederick Douglass Christian School; joined by Delaware County Christian School students. Not pictured: Representatives from West Fallowfield Christian School and Camphill Special School.