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The Dan Heisman Chess Support Fund

Helping Good Kids do Good Things

Dr. John F. Bayley has been leading the way to establish chess as a worthy scholastic activity in the Philadelphia area. As a retired pediatrician, John feels strongly that chess is good for people of all ages, and promoting junior chess is "Helping good kids do good things."

In response to Dr. Bayley's initiative, in May 2005 I donated funding through the Philadelphia Foundation to establish a tax-deductible fund called the Dan Heisman Chess Support Fund. The fund was established to provide support to worthy PA and Philadelphia area junior players via local events like the Greater Philadelphia Junior Invitational Championship and the Greater Philadelphia Scholastic Chess Championship, or a scholastic/collegiate club in PA, Delaware, or South Jersey. The grants are usually given to groups or events who have chess activities and can find (or have) a 501(c)(3) qualified group that will accept the grant.

Like all Philadelphia Foundation Funds, anyone can make tax-deductible donations to the fund. All donations go for endowments (investment whose interest pays for future years).  Now on Facebook.

All donations are tax-deductible. Larger donations will receive a confirmation letter for your taxes from The Philadelphia Foundation.

To donate:

Donate On-line This will take you directly to the site with the Fund code/name already filled in. You just need to fill in your contact information and amount.

If you wish to send a check:

   Make checks payable to "The Philadelphia Foundation" with "Dan Heisman Chess Support Fund" or "HEI6" in the memo field and mail to:
   The Philadelphia Foundation
   1234 Market Street, Suite 1800
   Philadelphia, PA 19107

Make sure to mention the fund, "Dan Heisman Chess Support Fund" - THANKS!!


The Holly Heisman Memorial Fund

My first wife, Holly, died of breast cancer in 1994. We have established a fund through the Philadelphia Foundation in her name, the Holly Heisman Memorial Fund (if taking link, look under "H"). The fund was established in 1995 to provide funds for services to benefit women in need, especially battered women, women with breast cancer, or runaway teenagers. Since 1999, it has awarded grants to organizations including: The Child Abuse Prevention Effort, Delaware County Women Against Rape, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, and the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County.

Please consider donating to this worthy cause! Now on Facebook.

Donate On-line This will take you directly to the site with the Fund code/name already filled in. You just need to fill in your contact information and amount.

If you wish to send a check:

   Make checks payable to "The Philadelphia Foundation" with "Holly Heisman Memorial Fund" or "HEIS" in the memo field & mail to:
   The Philadelphia Foundation
   1234 Market Street, Suite 1800
   Philadelphia, PA 19107

Make sure to mention the fund, "Holly Heisman Memorial Fund" - THANKS!!

Each year in August we have a FREE entry, rated fundraising tournament with lots of donated prizes! So far this event has raised over $15,000. Moreover, since 2007 Howard Stern has donated a trip to his show to further raise money for the cause, pushing the endowment for the Fund over $100,000! Now on Facebook.

2008-13 Holly Heisman Memorial Organizer: Dr Ramachandra; 2009-13 TD: Joshua Anderson


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July 17, 2006

Kurt Schneider [Note: Kurt has since left chess to become the composer of College Musical!]

XXX Drive, Blue Bell, PA 19422

RE: Dan Heisman Chess Scholarship Fund

Dear Kurt Schneider,

Congratulations on being the first person to receive a scholarship from the Dan Heisman Chess Scholarship Fund and on becoming the co-champion of the 2006 Greater Philadelphia Junior Invitational Chess Championship.

The scholarship award is $400.00. A letter and the scholarship payment will be forwarded to Yale University to be applied to your tuition charges for the 2006-2007 academic year. A copy of that letter will be sent to you for your files and to Mr. Heisman.

Please contact Mary Ellen Marcovcy, Scholarship Services Officer, if your plans should change or you have any questions. She can be reached at mmarcovcy@philafound.org or at the address and telephone number listed above.

Enclosed is a description of the Dan Heisman Chess Scholarship Fund that will know you will find interesting.

Best wishes for success in your studies.

Sincerely,

R. Andrew Swinney

President, the Philadelphia Foundation


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