Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund: FAQ

What is the Cecil and David Rosenthal Fund (CDR) ?

The Rosenthal brothers were well known in their community of Squirrel Hill. They embraced their community, and their community embraced them back - with open arms and love. Following the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue, the family of victims Cecil and David Rosenthal designated Achieva as a recipient of monetary donations made in the two men’s memory. To ensure donations made in their memory were protected and used in a manner consistent with the example set by Cecil and David Rosenthal and their community, the Achieva Board of Trustees created a new Fund in which all existing and future donations received in memory of David and Cecil will be placed. The “Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund” is used to support community engagement activities pursued by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants are people with intellectual or developmental disabilities including Autism.

What can I apply for?

The Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund was created to support community engagement activities pursued by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). In keeping with the way the public embraced and included Cecil and David in various facets of daily life, the Fund will award grants to help other people with IDD live a life of personal significance.

Do you have to live in a certain area to be eligible?

Yes- the Program is limited to specific counties within Pennsylvania. These counties are Allegheny, Beaver, Westmoreland, Lawrence, Butler, Washington, Venango, Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson, Elk, and Cameron. 

How do I apply?

There is an online application to be completed for all requests through the Program. Each application should include the completed request, Letter of Support from a professional providing support and services to the applicant and an invoice for the item or services being requested.

How much can I apply for?

There is no cap on the requested amount at this time- However, there is only a limited amount of available funds that are able to be dispersed through the Program. We do ask that it be realistic with the needs of the applicant.

How often can I apply?

As of now, we can accept requests on an annual basis. However, this may change in the future based on the needs of the Program.

How long does the review process take?

Only completed applications are considered for Team review- Once the request is ready to proceed, the turn around for determinations is 10-15 business days.

When will I receive what I was approved for?

The purchases of the approved items occur soon after the determination email is processed. The Community and Charitable Trust Coordinator will work with the purchaser to process the purchases as soon as possible. The applicants or the person applying on the applicant's behalf will be contacted when this occurs.

If you are interested in apply to the Cecil and David Rosenthal fund- please visit our website


If you have any questions, please contact Community and Charitable Trust Coordinator- Jennifer Stoyer at

412-995-5000 Ext 493 or jstoyer@achieva.info.