In 2006, John and Chara Haas established Stoneleigh Foundation as the latest chapter in their lifelong commitment to philanthropic activity.
While their humanitarian interests have been far reaching, John and Chara Haas always maintained a particular interest in helping vulnerable children and youth become successful, productive adults. In establishing Stoneleigh Foundation, John and Chara made a continuing commitment to one of their strongest interests: improving the life chances of some of our most vulnerable citizens.
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, which include[s] 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 help children and families.
Stoneleigh Foundation is named for the Haas home in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
Stoneleigh Foundation was profiled in Giving Stories, a series developed by the Delaware Valley Grantmakers in 2010. Read the Stoneleigh Story here.
John C. Haas was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania in 1918. After graduating from Episcopal Academy, John attended Amherst College where he received his A.B. degree in 1940. He went on to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to earn a M.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1942.
John Haas spent his professional career with the Rohm and Haas Company, serving in the Navy Reserve during WW II. He began his career at the company in 1942, and retired from the board in 1988. He maintained his interest in chemistry and chemical engineering through his memberships in the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
In 1952, John married Chara A. Cooper and over the next several years they had five children. They lived in the Philadelphia area and together generously supported many charitable causes. John passed away on April 2, 2011. More information about his life is available here.
Chara Aurora Cooper Haas passed away on August 15, 2012. More information about her life is available here.