In 2006, John and Chara Haas established the Stoneleigh Foundation as the latest chapter in their lifelong commitment to philanthropy.
While their humanitarian interests were far reaching, John and Chara always maintained a particular interest in helping young people grow up healthy, well-educated, and safe. In establishing the Stoneleigh Foundation, they made a continuing commitment to one of their strongest interests: improving the life outcomes of our community’s youth.
John Haas credited his parents as the source of his strong commitment to the “family values of integrity and respect for the individual, as well as a sense of fairness, including the opposition to inequity and discrimination against the less fortunate.” Chara, he said, had a tremendous influence on his lifetime development and first introduced the idea of devoting their personal estate to helping children and families in Philadelphia.
The Stoneleigh Foundation is named for the Haas’ family home in Villanova, Pennsylvania.