The Waterfront Group Foundation
ABOUT OUR WORK The Waterfront Group Foundation (WGF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Philadelphia area residents become successful and responsible homeowners through free educational classes, seminars and workshops.
The signature initiative of the Foundation is the Tabula Rasa Project. Launched in December of 2007, the Project was created to give a deserving family a place to call home. The Foundation’s goal is to assist as many families as possible through the development of a multi-year partnership that teaches each family about homeownership, budgeting, finance, and fundamental independent living skills.
The Project was advertised through radio, newspaper, television, community events, internet and e-mail campaigns. With a January 31, 2008 deadline, applicants had a five week timeframe to complete and submit their applications which included a personal essay and questionnaire.
OUR SUCCESS STORY On February 14, 2008, EXIT REALTY “The Waterfront Group,” corporate sponsor for The Waterfront Group Foundation, announced the first Tabula Rasa Project recipient live on 105.3 WDAS-FM on the Patty Jackson show.
Darlene McPhail, the recipient, is a single parent with five children all under the age of 14 years old. Her essay provided insight into her troubled past and how she prevailed from it with her determination to be a better person and the best mother to her kids. Darlene also included her list of short and long-term goals, some of which she had already accomplished. “Own my own home – It is the biggest goal of my life…” Thanks to the Tabula Rasa Project, she is well on her way to complete this goal. The McPhail family’s home was presented to them in a special unveiling ceremony on Saturday, October 25, 2008.
HOW YOU CAN HELP The Waterfront Group Foundation is a 501(c)(3), and we depend on financial contributions and in-kind donations to further our efforts. Donations are tax deductible. Fundraising efforts are now underway to complete Phase II of the Tabula Rasa Project and applications for Phase II are currently being accepted until August 31, 2009. Volunteers are also an important part of our vision. If you are interested in “making a difference” in the community, please contact us.