Three Things Philadelphia Nonprofits Should Know About the Patricia Kind Family Foundation

It might not be dominating headlines with enormous grants like the neighboring William Penn Foundation, but The Patricia Kind Family Foundation should still be on your radar if you’re running a direct service nonprofit in the five-county Philadelphia region. Unlike some other grantmakers in the city, PKFF prefers to see grant applications to fund practical basic needs service, and all underserved age groups are fair game (Read the Patricia Kind Family Foundation: Philadelphia Grants).

The Patricia Kind Family Foundation’s next round of funding opens up on August 15th and the next application deadline is September 15th. With a couple months left to work up your strategy and get your documents lined up, here are a few things to keep in mind.

All Types of Basic Needs Services Are Considered

PKFF is committed to helping individuals and families struggling with poverty in and around Philadelphia. Since it was established in 1996, the foundation has recognized that the effects of poverty stretch in all directions. Therefore, PKFF supports nonprofits that run programs related to housing, clothing, hunger, education, healthcare, mental health, and beyond. Extreme poverty takes its toll on all aspects of Philadelphians’ lives, and this is a foundation that wants to tackle them all.

Almost All Grants Stay in the Philadelphia Region

PKFF funds proven approaches from nonprofit organizations that operate in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania. Although a majority of grants are awarded to Philadelphia-based nonprofits every year, other successful grantees operate in Norristown, Valley Forge, Exton, Lansdale, Bensalem, and West Chester.

Apply for General Operating Support If You Have a Small Budget

PKFF gives priority to nonprofit organizations with budgets under $1 million. Browse through the list of recent PKFF grantees and you’ll find lots of small local organizations that might not receive substantial support from other area grantmakers. The foundation encourages low-budget nonprofits to apply for general operating support. Most grants fall in the $5,000 to $25,000 per year range for a one to three year period.

For more information, read through PKFF’s Preparing Your Application section on the foundation website.