Campus Life

Student Philanthropy Council

The Hill School’s Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) was established in 2008-09 thanks to a generous donation by the late Mr. Charles Frank III ’59 P ’88 ’90 and his wife, Betty. Each year, the SPC awards more than $25,000 worth of grants to local non-profit organizations to help fund those entities’ programs.

The Franks’ goal was to encourage students to learn about the value and processes of philanthropy; develop life-long habits of volunteerism and “giving back”; and provide funds to nonprofits working to enhance the lives of Pottstown-area residents.  

In 2012, through the Franks' leadership and the generosity of several other donors, The Student Philanthropy Council became an endowed program at the School with the establishment of The Student Philanthropy Council Endowment in honor of Kay and David Dougherty (Hill's Head of School Emeritus 1993-2012 and his wife).

The 12 SPC members are elected after an application process that looks for students’ genuine interest in altruistic endeavors and in serving the community where Hill makes its home. Each fall, interested organizations are encouraged to submit a grant application to the SPC. Throughout the school year, the members of SPC have weekly meetings evaluating each proposal. The group also visits with each organization to discuss the proposal in person. Grant decisions are made in April, and check presentations occur in late-April or early-May each year.


2024 Grant Recipients 

Animal House Project

Mission: Keep pets in safe homes through providing food and veterinary care to their families.
Granted: $2,000 to fund veterinary care, specifically spaying/neutering and vaccinations.


Mission: Break down the stigma surrounding mental health and trauma by offering fine arts, aromatherapy-infused education, and various creative mediums to empower individuals to cultivate self-awareness and identify emotional triggers.
Granted: $3,000 to acquire new equipment for the after-school program game room.

Good Samaritan Services 

Mission: Address the issues of homelessness and poverty by gradually moving people into sustainable permanent housing while giving them skills and support to ensure that they can maintain independence.
Granted: $2,000 to establish computer and printing stations in local residences.

Hearts of Humanity

Mission: Empower community members with life skills that help them to feed themselves to close the gap on food injustice and insecurity creating access to healthy, organic food.
Granted: $1,900 for 15 lateral garden towers, potting mix, insurance, phone service, and Zoom

Pottstown GoFourth!

Mission: Promote the Borough of Pottstown through events and activities that build the strength of the community and encourage civic pride.
Granted: $3,000 for 4th of July Festival.

Pottstown Historical Society

Mission: Collect and archive local artifacts, records, and photographs to preserve the Pottstown area’s rich history, and to provide resources including family records for historical research.
Granted: $2,000 to purchase a new microfiche reader.

Second Wind Bicycles

Mission: Bring the transformative power of bicycles to those who need it most.
Granted: $2,500 for materials to repair bicycles.

Shady Hallow Assisted Riding

Mission: Provide people of all ages and abilities the benefits of experiencing a working farm and interacting with horses.
Granted: $3,000 for new equine therapeutic care program for children with neurological differences.

The Arts Bubble 

Mission: Provide opportunities for students to participate in musical productions and improve their skills through acting classes and cabarets, free of cost.
Granted: $2,500 for royalties and scripts for their summer production.

Trellis for Tomorrow 

Mission: Utilizing organic, local gardening as a tool for youth workforce development and alleviating food insecurity.
Granted: $2,500 to expand garden programs.