The Mid-Atlantic region boasts a strong philanthropy scene centered in leading cities like Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Grantmaking in the region has long been anchored by a few major foundations like the William Penn Foundation, but features a growing array of new funders that have emerged in recent years. While 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).

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.

ANGELAKIS FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Angelakis Family Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to education, youth, the arts, health, and human services. It also earmarks funds for environmental, religious, and Greek causes.

ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION

The Annie E. Casey Foundation supports education, job opportunities, health, and neighborhoods in its headquarters location of Baltimore, Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S.

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. 

BENDER FOUNDATION

The Bender Foundation supports the arts, health, social services, Jewish causes, and education in the D.C. metro area and beyond.

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.

MORRIS AND GWENDOLYN CAFRITZ FOUNDATION

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation supports the arts and humanities, community services, education, health, and the environment in the D.C. metro area.

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.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR A GREATER RICHMOND

The Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond supports affordable housing, out-of-school time programming, workforce development, cultural vibrancy, economic prosperity, educational success, and health and wellness in the Richmond area of Virginia.

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.

DOMINION ENERGY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation supports human needs, environmental stewardship, education, and community vitality in Virginia, West Virginia, and other select U.S. regions.

CRYSTAL TRUST

The Crystal Trust supports education, human services, arts and culture, seniors, youth, health, conservation, historical preservation, and more in Delaware.

DELAWARE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Delaware Community Foundation supports equity, community projects, arts, capital projects, youth, civic engagement, animals, education, and throughout Delaware.

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.

DRUMCLIFF FOUNDATION

The Drumcliff Foundation largely supports improvement projects in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

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.

EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation supports youth, education, healthcare, human welfare, housing, senior citizen, and historic cemeteries in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

ERIE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Erie Community Foundation supports economic development, education, workforce development children and youth, safe neighborhoods, arts and culture downtown revitalization, nonprofit capacity-building, and other community needs in and around Erie, Pennsylvania.

ERTZ FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Ertz Family Foundation supports sports opportunities, youth, education, and families in Philadelphia, the Bay Area of California, and Haiti.

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.

JOSEPH AND MARIE FIELD FOUNDATION

The Joseph and Marie Field Foundation’s grantmaking appears to prioritize the arts and educational organizations.

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.

FOUNDATION FOR DELAWARE COUNTY

The Foundation for Delaware County supports health for children and youth, men and women with cancer, seniors aging in place, and helping teenagers succeed in this county of Pennsylvania.

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. It’s local focus centers on building a healthier Philadelphia.

GREATER WASHINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Greater Washington Community Foundation supports human services, education, the environment, health, the arts, and economic development in the D.C metro area.

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.

HAMPTON ROADS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation supports culture, economic stability, education, the environment, health and wellness, and other community needs in Southeastern Virginia.

HEINZ ENDOWMENTS

The Heinz Endowments creativity, learning, and sustainability in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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.

INDEPENDENCE MEDIA FOUNDATION

The Independence Media Foundation supports public media, journalism, digital literacy, creative expression, and building communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports education through grants and scholarships in the Mid-Atlantic States and elsewhere in the U.S.

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. 

LONGWOOD FOUNDATION

The Longwood Foundation supports education, healthcare, environment, housing, arts, social services, and civic causes in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

J. WILLARD AND ALICE S. MARRIOTT FOUNDATION

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation supports education, hospitality, opportunity, community, and health in the Washington D.C. metro area and elsewhere in the U.S.

MARYLAND LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

The Maryland Legal Services Corporation supports Maryland nonprofits that assist people in need of civil legal services.

RICHARD KING MELLON FOUNDATION

The Richard King Mellon Foundation supports conservation, education, human services, nonprofit capacity building, and economic development in Southwestern, Pennsylvania.

MEYER FOUNDATION

The Meyer Foundation supports racial equity, housing, education, employment, and asset building in the D.C. metro area.

THE ALAN AND JILL MILLER FOUNDATION

The Alan and Jill Miller Foundation funds grantmaking related to education, youth, health, Jewish, community, and global causes. 

PARKERSBURG AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation supports human services, health, youth, education, STEM education, arts and culture, homelessness, veterans, job training, parks and recreation, and other community needs in 11 counties surrounding Parkersburg, West Virginia.

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. 

PHILADELPHIA BLACK GIVING CIRCLE

The Philadelphia Black Giving Circle supports Black-led, Black-serving nonprofits of all kinds in the Philadelphia area.

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. 

PINCUS FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Pincus Family Foundation supports organizations and programs promoting children’s health, education, safety, nutrition, recreation and the arts locally and worldwide. 

PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION

The Pittsburgh Foundation supports self-sufficient individuals and families, healthy communities, vibrant democracy, and community projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PNC FOUNDATION

The PNC Foundation supports childhood education and economic development in Central Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, Northwest Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh.

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. 

HUGH I. SHOTT, JR. FOUNDATION

The Hugh I. Shott, Jr. Foundation supports education, human services, and community development in portions of West Virginia and Virginia.

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.  

VANGUARD

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.

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.

HARRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG FOUNDATION

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation supports housing, health, jobs, education, and community services in Baltimore, Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S.

WELFARE FOUNDATION

The Welfare Foundation supports for social services, housing, health, hospitals, environment, arts, education, and civic causes in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

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.