March 2008: Schultz & Williams is hired to help develop a strategic plan.
April 2009: The strategic plan is completed and approved by the BGCP Board.
October 2009: Based upon the strategic plan, John Haas agrees to provide a $3 million gift as the catalyst for a comprehensive fundraising campaign.
December 2009: The BGCP Board votes unanimously to initiate a $6 million comprehensive campaign, titled, Be Great, Philadelphia! Priorities include: capital improvements, expanded teen programming, & financial stability.
January 2010: The silent phase of the Be Great, Philadelphia! Campaign begins.
February 2010: The Tiger Woods Foundation approves a grant request in the amount of $80,000 to support the technology priority within the Campaign. This is the first significant corporate gift received in the campaign.
March 2010: The Philadelphia Foundation approves a grant request in the amount of $50,000 to support teen programming at our Wilson Park Club.
April 2010: Tom Hofmann, former CFO of Sunoco and former Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Board Chair, accepts the position of Campaign Chair.
August 2010: Shane Victorino commits $900,000 to refurbish the Nicetown Club.
November 2010: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia Board of Directors achieves 100% participation in personal commitments to the Campaign.
January 2011: The BGCP board votes to move forward on a $2.4 million renovation to our historic Nicetown Club, which has been serving the residents of the Nicetown community since the 1890’s.
March 2011: A number of corporations and foundations support the Be Great, Philadelphia! Campaign, including the following: Dow Chemical, BNY/Mellon Trust, AT & T, Ernst & Young, Hispanics in Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase, McLean Contributionship, NonProfit Finance Fund, Sunoco Foundation, PNC and Pepper Hamilton.
June 2011: The Connelly Foundation approves a request of $100,000 to support the renovation of our Nicetown Club; Ameriprise Financial contributes $5,000 to support programming.
September 2011: The grand opening of the Shane Victorino Nicetown Club is held; Dow Chemical contributes $90,000 to support programming at the Victorino Nicetown Club; the Hamilton Family Foundation contributes $30,000 to support programming at our Wilson Park and Fairmount Clubs; The Philadelphia Foundation cotnributes $50,000 to support teen programming at our Wilson Park Club, Comcast Foundation contributes $40,000 for technology; a KaBOOM! playground is built at the Victorino Nicetown Club.
October 2011: TD Bank contributes $25,000 in support of Campaign efforts: the Lowe's Charitable & Educational Foundation contributes $43,000 to support teen programing at our Wilson Park Club.
November 2011: Shire Pharmaceuticals contributes $1.4 million to support technology programming and program measurement across all 12 clubs.