Who We Are
Emily’s Dash Foundation (EDF) is a non-profit entity organized under the auspices of the Chester County Community Foundation (CCCF), EIN 23-2773822. Created by her parents, Albert and Susan Koenig, EDF seeks to honor the memory of their daughter, Emily Grace Koenig, who passed away suddenly from bacterial meningitis at the young age of 12.
What We Do
EDF is committed to making an impact in the lives of others by carrying on Emily’s legacy causes for charitable giving. Our funding activities will be directed toward the following causes:
- Eradication of bacterial meningitis
- Support of anti-bullying, diversity and childhood literacy efforts
- Perpetuation of annual scholarship awards at Villa Maria Academy
- Meningitis Awareness, Vaccinations & Research. Worldwide, approximately 170,000 victims die annually from bacterial meningitis, and many more are left with life-long afflictions such as amputations, brain damage, organ failures, and loss of hearing. This disease is a global problem and the consequences are most tragic in infants, children, and adolescents.
- Anti-Bullying, Diversity, & Childhood Literacy. As a young author, Emily imparted an important message in a book she wrote and illustrated in the sixth grade at Villa Maria Academy. The Tallest Leprechaun teaches a lesson about diversity, acceptance, and inclusion. Emily’s message continues to inspire children as well as adults, changing lives for years to come.
- Scholarships at Villa Maria Academy. Beyond its monetary award, the annual Emily Koenig Spirit Award has become a true honor for its seventh grade recipient each year. The award focuses on good character, leadership, and citizenship, all qualities that Emily demonstrated during her brief lifetime here on earth.