In 1957, Leonard Parker Pool and his wife, Dorothy Rider Pool, established The Rider-Pool Foundation as a private, general-purpose foundation and on her death in 1967, Dorothy Rider Pool left her estate as the principal funder of the Foundation. Mrs. Pool was a teacher by training, an accomplished pianist and painter and her husband’s valued business partner, instrumental in the growth and development of Air Products, one of the most successful businesses in the history of the Lehigh Valley. Like her husband, Mrs. Pool was deeply driven to help others in need. These values help shape the focus of The Rider-Pool Foundation.
The Trustees of The Foundation have carried forth Dorothy Rider Pool’s wishes and are particularly sensitive to her interests in education, disadvantaged children and the development of future leadership in our society. Since the Pools resided in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the particular geographic interest of The Foundation lies within the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania.
Consistent with Dorothy Rider Pool’s wishes and in keeping with the interests of Leonard Parker Pool and Dorothy Rider Pool in their lifetimes, The Rider-Pool Foundation’s intent is to serve as a means to improve the quality of life in the community, to build on the community’s strengths and add to its vitality, and to increase the capacity of the community to serve the needs of all its citizens.