SHCA Matching Gift Program: UCD Retail Restart Fund

Dear Neighbors –

In this time of uncertainty, as communities everywhere struggle to adapt to the new normal, we’re all looking for ways to help. The impact is widespread, affecting all of us in ways both large and small. Independently owned small businesses, in particular, are bearing a heavy burden as social distancing guidelines limit their ability to perform “business as usual.” 

That’s why we’ve decided to partner with UCD to support their Retail Restart Fund, which has been formed to support the local independent business economy. The Fund will offer mini-grants averaging $500 each to eligible independently-owned retail applicants in the community to help them absorb the costs of re-opening safely – covering the purchase of supplies ranging from personal protective equipment and contactless payment systems, to plexiglass dividers and outdoor tables, to paper menus and staff safety training.  SHCA will match donations from its members, dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000. We firmly believe that the small businesses that comprise our neighborhood are critical to a strong community, and we’re eager to help them get through this however we can.  100% of all proceeds raised by UCD will be directed to local retailers. 
If you plan to donate, you can do so so in one of two ways:

1. Through the UCD website (securely processed by Network for Good, which processes donations to thousands of nonprofits around the country). Please indicate “Spruce Hill/Retail Restart Fund” in the special purpose line.

2. Via check made out to University City District (with “Spruce Hill/Retail Restart Fund” in the memo) and mailed to: UCD, Attention: Nick Edelman, Finance Director, 3940 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Please note that the deadline for donations is June 15. If you’ve already donated and would like SHCA to match your gift, please send your name to [email protected] and we’ll make sure it’s added to the list. 
UCD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
We truly appreciate all that this community has done to band together and support businesses and residents through this challenging time. We hope that you’re all staying safe and healthy. 

Evan Johnstone and the SHCA Board