PECO and ACHIEVEability are proud honorees of the 2017 Philadelphia Business Journal Faces of Philanthropy. This recognition honors the most philanthropic initiatives between for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that truly make a difference in the greater Philadelphia area.
For several years, PECO has served as a strategic partner for ACHIEVEability promoting successful organizational outcomes through the provision of in-kind contributions, sponsorship dollars and many volunteer hours.
Within the last 18 months, PECO has provided the largest sponsorship for the 2016 annual fundraising gala, Food for Thought. PECO's sponsorship contributed to the success of our event and provided invaluable unrestricted funding to support our mission. PECO team member and ACHIEVEability board member, Mary Walker, served as the co-chair of the Food for Thought event committee. The event raised more than $254,000 in gross revenue and hosted over 500 guests. Over six consecutive years, PECO has provided $90,000 in event sponsorships, helping ACHIEVEability raise a grand total of more than $1.5 million in gross revenue. This relationship remains strong for this current year's event. Mary once again is serving as the event co-chair and PECO is committing to the same level of sponsorship.
PECO has provided ACHIEVEability with in-kind support in many ways over the years including making contributions to the Welcome Home Kits, Holiday Gift Drive and Backpack Donation Drive. PECO has been a participant in the Backpack Donation Drive for the last three years, collecting more than 80 backpacks full of school supplies in 2016 alone.
PECO's commitment to ACHIEVEability is not just financial, it's personal. PECO employees have volunteered to prepare two homes for families coming out of shelters. In addition, during the past two years, PECO participated in ACHIEVEability's annual neighborhood clean-up providing more than 40 employee volunteers.
The partnership between ACHIEVEability and PECO has served to help vulnerable families in the Haddington and Cobbs Creek area realize their full potential. PECO believes in our mission to permanently break the cycle of poverty in Philadelphia and actively supports its successful implementation.