Samuel Fels Fund: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Samuel Fels Fund focuses its LGBTQ related grantmaking on young people in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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 operates three main funding priorities: Focused Populations, Arts and Culture, and Social, Racial, and Economic Justice. The fund’s Focused Populations and Social, Racial, and Economic Justice programs address the challenges that face the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia.

The Focused Populations program supports organizations improving “[t]he circumstances of and opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and youth in-and-exiting the child welfare system.” According to the fund, a disproportionate number of youth exiting the foster care system identify as LGBTQ and overall, many of those young people are particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking and/or winding up in the “prison pipeline.”

The Fels Fund’s Social, Racial, and Economic Justice program aims to “[i]mprove living conditions for marginalized communities with a focus on social, racial, and economic justice.” This program has a history of supporting organizations that address inequality issues related to public education, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and the criminal justice system. 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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