Carol E. Ware

Carol is an active Caron alumna who has served on the Greater Philadelphia Regional Advisory Board since 2016 and joined the Caron Corporate Board in August 2020. She is no stranger to campus and has come back to speak on multiple occasions. In 2019, Carol established The Carol E. Ware Endowed Chair for Trauma Treatment at Caron and in 2020, The Carol E. Ware Women’s Center which houses Caron’s (Executive) Grand View Women’s Program.

Known well in Chester County for her philanthropic and volunteer leadership, Carol focuses her social action in the areas of health and human services, education, history, and community building. In the health arena, Carol serves on the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing Board of Overseers and was a member of the Idaho Commission on Nursing and Nursing Education. Since 1972, Carol has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing. Her generous support of healthcare includes establishing the Marian S. Ware Chair in Gerontology in honor of her mother, at the School of Nursing and the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Carol’s Board and Volunteer service have included places like University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Harvard School of Divinity Board, West Chester University, the YMCA, Chester County Community Foundation, Arthritis Foundation and Caron Treatment Centers.

As President of the 1660 Foundation, Carol further advanced her commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals and families and has generously supported the region's nonprofit organizations in the fields of health, human services, history, arts, culture, education, and the environment. Carol has made special efforts to develop the philanthropic impulse in her three children, encouraging them to volunteer and donate in their early years, and involving them strategically in the family foundation decision making as early as possible.

Carol takes humble pride in her role as a founding board member of the Chester County Community Foundation. Carol clearly understands and advocates for the unique role community foundations play in building legacy philanthropy, so that people from all walks of life can make a difference in their communities, now and forever. In 2006, in recognition of her stellar service, she was named an Emeritus Board Member of the Community Foundation.

In addition to her many accomplishments, Carol has provided wise counsel to scores of community organizations. Through her actions she has been a tireless advocate of public service, creating a permanent legacy of philanthropy that has touched thousands of lives. Carol has remembered her Chester County roots, and she has chosen to stay committed for a lifetime of philanthropic good works.