The Program Officer will support the Regional Foundation’s programmatic and grantmaking services and is integral to the organization’s effort to improve the lives of those living in communities throughout 62 counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, with particular attention to our most vulnerable residents.

Interested candidates should apply by April 3, 2023.

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Improving the lives of families living in low-income neighborhoods

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families living in low-income communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware by concentrating resources on comprehensive, neighborhood-based economic and community development initiatives. We award Neighborhood Planning Grants and Neighborhood Implementation Grants to support long-term, resident-driven neighborhood revitalization. 

Our Grants

Neighborhood Planning Grants

Neighborhood Planning Grants are designed to help create a comprehensive neighborhood plan for a neighborhood. These grants support direct expenses that are essential to the planning process such as:

  • Planning consultants and staff
  • Outreach and neighborhood organizing functions
  • Community meetings and advisory group development

Grant Size

Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.


The Regional Foundation is not accepting new grant proposals at this time. Please check back for future updates.

Neighborhood Implementation Grants

Neighborhood Implementation Grants support comprehensive community development projects that target specific neighborhoods. The community development project typically based on a resident-driven neighborhood plan and is used for program costs only. It doesn’t provide funding for deficits, general operating costs, or bricks-and-mortar capital development.

Grant Size

  • Single grantees. Grants range from $100,000 to $750,000 and are disbursed over 5 years.
  • Collaboratives. Grants range from $100,000 to $1.25 million and are disbursed over 5 years.


The Regional Foundation is not accepting new grant proposals at this time. Please check back for future updates.

Neighborhood Implementation Renewal Grants

Neighborhood Implementation Renewal Grants (NIRGs) are designed to help Regional Foundation Implementation Grantees continue momentum in their comprehensive neighborhood revitalization initiatives for sustainability and long-term impact. These grants are awarded on a highly competitive basis to implementation grantees who are close to completion of their initial implementation grant.

Grant Size

Each Implementation Grantee is eligible for 1 renewal grant at up to $500,000 for a single grantee and $825,000 for a collaborative. The grant is disbursed over a 5-year period.


The Regional Foundation is not accepting new grant proposals at this time. Please check back for future updates.

Program Related Investments

The Regional Foundation makes Program Related Investments (PRIs) by invitation only to nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses for select ventures that are designed to promote community- and economic-development opportunities for low-income individuals and communities.

Investment Size

Investments range from $25,000 to $250,000, over 1 to 5 years.

Investment Programs

  • Indirect investments are loans that provide capital contributions to community development financial institutions.
  • Direct investments are pre-development loans for physical development projects in neighborhoods where the Regional Foundation is already invested.


The Regional Foundation is not accepting new PRI requests at this time. Please check back for future updates.

Our People

Board of Managers

  • Kim Ayers
  • Stephen Briggs
  • Craig Drinkard, President
  • Bob Durkin, Treasurer
  • Jonathan Encarnacion, Vice President
  • Orlando C. Esposito
  • Ellen Hwang
  • Wanda P. Hardy, Secretary
  • Pedro A. Ramos
  • Nelida Valentin
  • Mailee Walker


Kevin Dow

Kevin Dow, Executive Director (he/him)

Kevin Dow, executive director of the Regional Foundation, has spent his career in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors. He has worked extensively in the financial services industry at Wachovia (now Wells Fargo).

Dow was most recently the vice president of operations for the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia. During the administration of Mayor Michael Nutter, Dow served the City of Philadelphia as the Senior Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Commerce Department. He left the Commerce Department to become Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and later served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Friends of the Rail Park.

Dow is currently on the boards of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, Fleisher Art Memorial, Harcum College, and Philadelphia Advisory Board for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. He is also a founding member of the Philadelphia Black Giving Circle.

Dow is a native of Philadelphia; he earned a Bachelors’ degree in Finance from Morehouse College and an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.

Deb Bentzel, Sr. Program Officer (she/her)

Deb Bentzel, Senior Program Officer of the Regional Foundation, is an experienced nonprofit leader committed to creating systems change through collaboration to build people power and advance equity.

Deb most recently supported the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations in their Member Services department, working with community development corporations and allied organizations from across the city. Before her time with PACDC, Deb spent fifteen years in non-profit program development and management, including seven years with The Food Trust as the Associate Director of Community Food Systems where her work focused on equitable food and farming policies and practices on the local, state, and federal levels.  Prior to her time at The Food Trust, she worked at Fair Food Philadelphia, Harvard University, and the Veterans Administration in Boston. While Deb has a long career in the non-profit and academic sectors, she is also a trained baker, and recently spent two years crafting pastry and other goods for Southy Philly’s Mighty Bread Co.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of Urban Tree Connection and supports other neighborhood food distribution and community organizing efforts in West Philadelphia, where she lives. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary and her Master of Public Health from Boston University. She also completed the City of Philadelphia’s Citizen’s Planning Institute program in 2022.

Samantha Mogil, Grants Manager (she/her)

Samantha Mogil, Grants Manager of the Regional Foundation, is a strategic leader and systems thinker with a passion for resident-driven neighborhood revitalization initiatives.

Samantha most recently served as the Senior Manager of the Ending Hunger for Good program at Philabundance, where she worked across social service sectors and alongside Philadelphia residents to address the root causes of hunger. 

Prior to joining Philabundance, Samantha served as the Director of Community Impact at the American Heart Association and as the Manager of Government and Community Affairs at the Share Food Program. 

Samantha is an appointed member of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, a board member of Food Moxie, and an elected committee person of the First Ward in South Philadelphia.

She holds a Master of Science in Nutrition degree from Drexel University, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from University of North Carolina at Asheville, and a Certificate in Community Development from the University of Stellenbosch.  Samantha grew up in Bucks County and has lived in Philadelphia for over 10 years.  She is dedicated to advocating for racial and economic justice.

Counties We Serve


Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, and York.

New Jersey

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.


Kent, New Castle, and Sussex.

Press Releases

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