In 1789, just one year before he died, Benjamin Franklin set up an endowment fund called the Benjamin Franklin Trust. In 1995 it was transferred in part to the Chester County Community Foundation. Each year, this 200+ year-old endowment fund makes grants to programs and initiatives that Franklin himself had championed: fire companies, libraries and education.
In fact, while Chairman of the Chester County Community Foundation, David helped to manage this ongoing gift from Ben Franklin to the greater Philadelphia area.
In Chester County, Franklin’s bequest recently funded the purchase of dictionaries for elementary school students; provided Spanish reading materials to libraries, helped purchase “the jaws of life” for a rescue team, helped sponsor a local fire and medical safety camp to educate children about fire safety; and provided art materials to a creative arts school program for at-risk youth.
David and Robin Frees have joined the Ben Franklin Legacy Society, making their intentions public to name Chester County Community Foundation one of the beneficiaries of their estate and they invite you to become involved. To join the Society, simply advise the Foundation of your intent. You can also give to any existing fund, or create one of your own for your charitable intentions.