Philadelphia has a strong local funding scene, one long anchored by a few major foundations like the William Penn Foundation, but also featuring a growing array of new funders that have emerged in recent years. While the large and professionalized grantmakers are often easily approached, smaller foundations tend to be more difficult for nonprofits to access. All the funder profiles below are updated regularly and we add new ones often. Only paid subscribers can access these resources. (Subscribe here.)
This corporate funder supports health and education in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Unsolicited grant applications do not appear to be accepted at this time.
With a focus on the Greater Philadelphia region, the Barra Foundation awards risk capital grants and unrestricted core support grants in the fields of arts & culture, education, health, and human services.
Local funding interests include primary healthcare, community nutrition, and other local community needs.
This funder supports racial equity and economic justice programs for nonprofits in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Camden Counties. Grant applications are accepted annually online or by mail.
This funder supports community health nursing groups in Philadelphia. LGBT issues, Asian art, and graduate theological education requests are also considered by the foundation staff locally.
Connelly focuses its grantmaking in Philly and the surrounding areas, so if you're just outside the official city limits, you should still qualify for a grant. The foundation awards grants in more than 20 areas of interest.
The Ellis Trust supports female high school students in need as they transition to college. Philadelphia enrollees at charter and public schools can apply to the trust for financial support.
This Philadelphia-based funder supports digital literacy, community service and future leaders programs in the city and throughout its other service areas. Local Comcast employees identify potential grantees.
Mainly funds children and youth efforts in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, but also makes grants in arts education, community development, social services and other areas. Prefers to work with smaller outfits.
The Eagles’ philanthropy supports youth, education, healthy food, mentoring, and cancer care in the Greater Philadelphia region. Capacity building is the core of this funder’s support.
The Fels Fund gives money in the Philadelphia area for education, arts, and community programs. Prove that your nonprofit is at a critical juncture, because the foundation doesn't have enough assets for general operating support.
The Joseph and Marie Field Foundation’s grantmaking appears to prioritize the arts and educational organizations.
This is a funder with very specific geographical and issue focuses: behavioral health and human services needs of children and youth in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Five types of funding are available.
Pharmaceutical funder GlaxoSmithKline awards grants in the Philadelphia metropolitan area in the areas of education, health and human services, arts and culture, and civic and community. The local focus is building a healthier Philadelphia.
Greenfield gives to universities, museums, theater companies, libraries, and hospitals located exclusively in the Philly area. Under rare conditions, It also will provide general operating support, but it prefers special projects and programs.
This funder supports literacy-based education programs in K-12 schools in Philadelphia, Chester, and Cambridge. Grants are directed to in-school, after-school, and summer literacy enrichment programs.
The Honickman Foundation focuses grantmaking on Philadelphia and surrounding counties, with an emphasis on the arts, education, social change, health, and Jewish heritage.
This funder supports education nonprofits for at-risk youth between the ages of 10 and 19 in four geographic regions. One of these regions is Philadelphia, where the focus is sports-based programs.
This is a women’s collective that funds $100,000 program grants to nonprofits in five focus areas. This accessible funder is a great resource for all kinds of lesser-known charitable causes in the Philadelphia area.
This health insurance funder supports a wide variety of health issues in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Some programs accept unsolicited grant applications for programs serving the Philadelphia region.
The Independence Foundation concentrates its philanthropic energy on providing health care and related services to underserved neighborhoods and populations. It also supports fellowships in public interest law, theater, secondary education and the arts.
This women’s funding group is part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and awards grants to local programs related to economic security, legal reform, health and well-being, education and leadership development.
The city's best-known philanthropist supports arts, medicine, and Jewish causes in Philadelphia. It's interested in local nonprofits developing arts & culture projects that revitalize public space and engage the public.
The Patricia Kind Family Foundation awards grants three times a year to basic needs and direct service nonprofits in the Philadelphia region. Funding areas include poverty, basic human needs, housing, education, physical and mental care.
The Lenfest Foundation was established by media mogul Gerry Lenfest. The foundation is in spend-down mode. It mostly gives toward career education, early childhood education, and after-afterschool programs.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation awards grants to the communities where the Lincoln Financial Group has a presence. Philadelphia is one of these six communities, and the foundation typically makes over 100 grants per year.
Lindback supports Philadelphia-area high schools and colleges with annual teaching and administrative awards along with the occasional discretionary grant for programs, operations, and other small education projects.
Pew's Philadelphia Heritage and Philadelphia Region programs make grants in arts, media, public policy, historical preservation, and health and human services.
PHILADELPHIA HEALTH PARTNERSHIP
Formerly known as the First Hospital Foundation, PHP supports access to health care and health equity in the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania.
This funder supports music education, performance spaces, and collaborations. It prioritizes Greater Philadelphia and provides program, operating, capital, emergency, and scholarship support.
The Public Health Fund supports the gamut of public health issues: research, nursing, homelessness outreach, family support, and management of chronic diseases. The fund is strict about keeping its funding in the city of Philadelphia and the greater Delaware Valley region.
This funder supports causes for underserved youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Arts education and environmental education are top priorities for Rosenlund.
This women’s group provides grants to organizations in Greater Philadelphia that support local women, children, and families. Grants of $500 to $3,000 are awarded annually.
Educational access, educational advocacy, and educational awareness are this funder's three initiatives. It's also strongly interested in Jewish causes.
This funder awards general operating support grants to nonprofits that serve disadvantaged children and youth in Philadelphia.
The Spruce Foundation is a volunteer-led foundation that connects young, budding philanthropists with youth nonprofits in the city of Philadelphia. Spruce organizes service days and happy hours to raise awareness and funds.
The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation is solely dedicated to supporting arts and culture in the city of Philadelphia. Arts education, community enrichment, and access to the arts are at the heart of this highly-focused funder’s mission.
The Stoneleigh Foundation awards fellowship grants to individuals working to improve outcomes for at-risk children and youth, especially in Philadelphia. Most fellowships are for full-time salary support.
A passionate niche funder in Philadelphia with a focus on girls' and women's issues. Its goal is social change to empower girls and women, improve their lives, and help them fulfill their potential.
Vanguard, an investment management company, has a corporate giving program that prioritizes Philadelphia nonprofits. It is most interested in kindergarten readiness on the local level.
This corporate funder supports health, hunger, and everyday heroes in six East Coast states. It is headquartered near Philadelphia, and much of its giving is focused there.
Wells Fargo has a regional grant program that aids Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. It supports economic development, education, housing, human services, and financial counseling.
The Penn Foundation awards grants to Philly-based organizations, and it is one of the most publicized funders in the city. Penn's areas of grantmaking include arts & culture, children, youth & families, and environment & communities.
Founded from several Haas family trusts, the Wyncote Foundation gives toward arts & culture, education, environmental conservation, and journalism in Philly. Gives many awards to arts organizations.