The Mid-Atlantic region boasts a strong philanthropy scene centered in leading cities like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware.
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).
The Chichester duPont Foundation supports the environment, education, healthcare, social services, and children’s well-being in Delaware.
The Crystal Trust supports education, human services, arts and culture, seniors, youth, health, conservation, historical preservation, and more in Delaware.
The Delaware Bar Foundation supports programs for legal services for the poor, citizenship rights and responsibilities, legal study and research, and public respect for law in Delaware.
The Delaware Community Foundation supports equity, community projects, arts, capital projects, youth, civic engagement, animals, education, and throughout Delaware.
Good Samaritan, Inc. supports education, health, environment, and children and youth in Delaware.
The Laffey-McHugh Foundation supports food and nutrition, affordable housing, medical care, education, arts, and the environment in the Wilmington area of Delaware.
The Marmot Foundation supports health, education, culture, youth, human services, and the environment in Delaware.
The Abell Foundation awards grants across multiple areas of interest including education, workforce development, health and human services, community development, criminal justice and addiction, environment, arts.
The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment supports Environment, protection of natural resources in the Chesapeake Bay region and Baltimore, Maryland.
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.
The Maryland Legal Services Corporation supports Maryland nonprofits that assist people in need of civil legal services.
Baltimore is a big priority for this corporate funder. Areas of interest include education, arts and culture, and human services.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation supports housing, health, jobs, education, and community services in Baltimore, Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Connelly broadly focuses its grantmaking in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.
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 Drumcliff Foundation largely supports improvement projects in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.
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 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.
The Ertz Family Foundation supports sports opportunities, youth, education, and families in Philadelphia, the Bay Area of California, and Haiti.
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.
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.
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.
Greenfield supports universities, museums, theater companies, libraries, and hospitals located exclusively in the Philadelphia 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 Heinz Endowments creativity, learning, and sustainability in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
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 Media Foundation supports public media, journalism, digital literacy, creative expression, and building communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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 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.
The Longwood Foundation supports education, healthcare, environment, housing, arts, social services, and civic causes in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
The Richard King Mellon Foundation supports conservation, education, human services, nonprofit capacity building, and economic development in Southwestern, Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia Black Giving Circle supports Black-led, Black-serving nonprofits of all kinds in the Philadelphia area.
Formerly known as the First Hospital Foundation, PHP supports access to health care and health equity in the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Foundation supports self-sufficient individuals and families, healthy communities, vibrant democracy, and community projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The PNC Foundation supports childhood education and economic development in Central Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, Northwest Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh.
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 community health nursing groups in Philadelphia. LGBT issues, Asian art, and graduate theological education requests are also considered by the foundation staff locally.
This funder supports causes for underserved youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Roselund also invests in arts and environmental education.
This women’s group provides grants to organizations in Greater Philadelphia that support local women, children, and families.
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.
The Welfare Foundation supports for social services, housing, health, hospitals, environment, arts, education, and civic causes in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
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 Philadelphia-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.
Pew's Philadelphia Heritage and Philadelphia Region programs make grants in arts, media, public policy, historical preservation, and health and human services.
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.
Founded from several Haas family trusts, the Wyncote Foundation gives toward arts & culture, education, environmental conservation, and journalism in Philadelphia. Gives many awards to arts organizations.
The Aimee and Frank Batten, Jr. Foundation supports Christian causes, education, arts, and human services in Virginia.
The Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation supports arts and culture, civic and community, conservation and environment, education, historic preservation, social services, and health and welfare in Virginia.
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.
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia supports child and youth development, education, health, mental health and aging, military personnel and their families, poverty relief, women and girls, environment, and the arts in Virginia.
The Danville Regional Foundation supports education, economic development, health and wellness, and community development in portions of Virginia and North Carolina.
The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation supports human needs, environmental stewardship, education, and community vitality in Virginia, West Virginia, and other select U.S. regions.
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.
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation supports culture, economic stability, education, the environment, health and wellness, and other community needs in Southeastern Virginia.
The Norfolk Southern Foundation supports arts and culture, education, environment, and human services in Norfolk, Virginia and other areas of corporate interest.
The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation supports arts and culture, civic and community needs, education, environment and ecology, historic preservation, and social services and welfare in Central Virginia.
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.
The Hugh I. Shott, Jr. Foundation supports education, human services, and community development in portions of West Virginia and Virginia.
The Bauman Foundation supports education, arts, social justice, environmental health, toxics right to know, open government, civic participation, and healthcare in the D.C. Metro Area and beyond.
The Bender Foundation supports the arts, health, social services, Jewish causes, and education in the D.C. metro area and beyond.
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.
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation supports the arts and humanities, community services, education, health, and the environment in the D.C. metro area.
The Greater Washington Community Foundation supports human services, education, the environment, health, the arts, and economic development in the D.C metro area.
The Meyer Foundation supports racial equity, housing, education, employment, and asset building in the D.C. metro area.
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.
MID-ATLANTIC STATES AT-LARGE
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.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports education through grants and scholarships in the Mid-Atlantic States and elsewhere in the U.S.
The Kent-Lucas Foundation supports hospitals, community, children’s services, and education in the Mid-Atlantic area and other regions of interest.
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-school programs.
The Alan and Jill Miller Foundation funds grantmaking related to education, youth, health, Jewish, community, and global causes.
The Pincus Family Foundation supports organizations and programs promoting children’s health, education, safety, nutrition, recreation and the arts locally and worldwide.
Educational access, educational advocacy, and educational awareness are this funder's three initiatives. It's also strongly interested in Jewish causes.