W.W. Smith Charitable Trust and Operation Warm: Doing Good in the Delaware Valley


With Operation Warm headquartered just outside of Philadelphia, we are especially grateful for those organizations doing good work in our own back yard. One such organization is The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, a private foundation established by William Wikoff Smith in 1977 to make grants in the Greater Philadelphia region to support basic needs, higher education scholarships, maritime education, and medical research primarily for Heart Disease, Cancer and AIDS.

For more than forty years, the Trust has funded projects and programs of non-profit organizations from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties as well as the City of Camden, New Jersey. Meeting the challenges of the young and elderly through the direct provision of food, clothing and shelter are granting priorities. Funding goes towards securing the basic necessities that are required to sustain life.

The Trust assists organizations that deliver solid approaches to solving problems. In practical terms though, the depth and extent of the needs continue to be too large for the Charitable Trust to fund on its own. Consequently, the Trustees look to become partners with particular organizations that present opportunities to better serve certain projects. They look for evidence of innovative and smart approaches that address community problems.

Operation Warm has been proud to partner with The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust since 2004. Over the years, many different types of organizations have been selected to be the beneficiaries of brand new winter coats, including the Salvation Army, Episcopal Church, Catholic Community Services, Safe Haven, The Garage Community & Youth Center, The People’s Pantry, and local police departments. In addition, numerous school districts have benefited from the Trust’s generosity, including Philadelphia, Colwyn Boro, Southeast Delco, and William Penn.

“Our children deserve a winter coat that fits properly and keeps them warm,” says Brian Jones, Grant Administrator at the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. “Unfortunately, hundreds of girls and boys in our local communities are without a coat due to their families’ financial hardships.  W. W. Smith is very appreciative of Operation Warm’s commitment to providing high-quality coats for children in need and we are happy to be a partner.”

“Operation Warm is so grateful to organizations like W.W. Smith Charitable Trust who not only provide funding to support our mission but are truly engaged in the community and understand how providing a new warm coat makes a differences to children and families that endure so much hardship,” says Heather Connolly, Vice President of Development and Programs at Operation Warm.

Operation Warm is grateful to the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust for their continued support of bringing warmth, confidence and hope to children in need.

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