Samuel Fels Fund: Grants for Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Samuel Fels Fund concentrates its grants related to immigrant, refugee, and asylum populations in the Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region.

IP TAKE: This funder offers both project specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: Samuel S. Fels established his private, independent foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund in 1935 in order to improve the lives and livelihoods of marginalized populations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The foundation maintains its loyalty to Philadelphia and focuses its grantmaking on “[s]upport services, advocacy, and activities that move us towards a more socially, racially, and economically just society with opportunity for all.” Fels conducts three main funding programs: Focused Populations, Arts and Culture, and Social, Racial, and Economic Justice.

The Focused Populations program supports organizations that seek to improve “[t]he circumstances of and opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and youth in-and-exiting the child welfare system.” According to the fund’s website, Samuel Fels was a son of refugees and, as a result, the foundation seeks to make “Philadelphia a more welcoming place for those who are fleeing oppression [...] be they refugees or immigrants.”

Fels awards grants to groups working with immigrant, refugee, and asylum populations. Past grantees include the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, a grassroots nonprofit that works to end discrimination against immigrants; and the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Coalition, an organization that advocates for refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers in the Greater Philadelphia region. Explore the fund’s recent grants page to learn about the types of organizations Fels supports and at what level.

The Samuel Fels Fund accepts unsolicited grant applications on a rolling basis.

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