Kevin K. Murphy is president of Berks County Community Foundation. In that role since the foundation was started in 1994, he has become a leader in the field of philanthropy, having served as chair of both the Council on Foundations and The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livability. Previously, Kevin served two terms as president of Community Foundations for Pennsylvania.
In 2001, Kevin was selected as a German Marshall Foundation Transcontinental Fellow to serve as a consultant to the Togliatti Community Foundation in Russia. He worked with philanthropic organizations in Russia, and has returned to that country on several occasions to continue the exchange.
At Berks County Community Foundation, Murphy oversaw the implementation of a Youth Advisory Committee, which annually raises money, reviews grant applications from local organizations, conducts site visits to gather more information, and recommends grants for approval to the Community Foundation board. The program, which develops a passion for philanthropy in young leaders, has been emulated around the world.
After years of growth in rented office space, it became time for the Community Foundation to create its own office. It did so by setting an example and constructing Berks County’s first “green,” or certified environmentally-friendly, building. In 2009, this new building opened at the corner of Third and Court streets in downtown Reading.
Locally, the Community Foundation pursues its mission to promote philanthropy and improve the quality of life for the residents of Berks County by focusing on revitalizing downtown, nurturing arts and culture, increasing educational attainment, encouraging community leadership and improving access to quality health care.
A State College native, Kevin graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Business. He earned a Master of Science degree in community leadership from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.