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 newer, smaller funders that have emerged in recent years. Funders in Philly are addressing all the needs found in a major metro area, and nonprofits engaged in a wide array of work will find opportunities for grants. But in recent years, funding for education and the arts has been particularly salient. As in other cities, many funders see the arts as critical for the city's vibrancy, while its famously struggling public schools draw in many funders anxious to turn things around.   

FUNDERS

AMERISOURCEBERGEN FOUNDATION

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.

BARRA FOUNDATION

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. 

BENNETT FAMILY FOUNDATION

Local funding interests include primary healthcare, community nutrition, and other local community needs.

BREAD & ROSES COMMUNITY FUND

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.

E. RHODES AND LEONA B. CARPENTER FOUNDATION

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 FOUNDATION

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.

CHARLES E. ELLIS TRUST FOR GIRLS

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.

COMCAST FOUNDATION

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.

ALFRED AND MARY DOUTY FOUNDATION

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.

EAGLES CARE

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.

SAMUEL S. FELS FUND

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.

FIRST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

This funder focuses grantmaking on the Philly area. It funds public health initiatives geared toward vulnerable populations in the city and the surrounding counties. 

FOUNDATIONS COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

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.

GLAXOSMITHKLINE (GSK)

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.

ALBERT M. GREENFIELD FOUNDATION

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. 

HAMILTON FAMILY FOUNDATION

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.

HONICKMAN FOUNDATION

The Honickman Foundation focuses grantmaking on Philadelphia and surrounding counties, with an emphasis on the arts, education, social change, health, and Jewish heritage.

HORNER FOUNDATION

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.

IMPACT100 PHILADELPHIA

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. 

INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS FOUNDATION

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.

INDEPENDENCE FOUNDATION

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.

JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA'S WOMEN OF VISION

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.

SIDNEY KIMMEL FOUNDATION

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.

PATRICIA KIND FAMILY FOUNDATION

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.

LENFEST FOUNDATION

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.

LINCOLN FINANCIAL FOUNDATION

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 FOUNDATION

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 CHARITABLE TRUSTS

Pew's Philadelphia Heritage and Philadelphia Region programs make grants in arts, media, public policy, historical preservation, and health and human services. 

THE PRESSER FOUNDATION

This funder supports music education, performance spaces, and collaborations. It prioritizes Greater Philadelphia and provides program, operating, capital, emergency, and scholarship support.

PUBLIC HEALTH FUND

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.

ROSENLUND FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder supports causes for underserved youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Arts education and environmental education are top priorities for Rosenlund. 

THE SATURDAY CLUB

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.

SEED THE DREAM FOUNDATION

Educational access, educational advocacy, and educational awareness are this funder's three initiatives. It's also strongly interested in Jewish causes.

SEYBERT FOUNDATION

This funder awards general operating support grants to nonprofits that serve disadvantaged children and youth in Philadelphia. 

SPRUCE FOUNDATION

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. 

STOCKTON RUSH BARTOL FOUNDATION

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.

STONELEIGH FOUNDATION

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.

VALENTINE FOUNDATION

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.  

WAWA FOUNDATION

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 REGIONAL FOUNDATION

Wells Fargo has a regional grant program that aids Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. It supports economic development, education, housing, human services, and financial counseling.

WILLIAM PENN FOUNDATION

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.

WYNCOTE FOUNDATION

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.