The Saturday Club

OVERVIEW: This women’s group provides annual grants to organizations in Greater Philadelphia that support local women, children, and families. Grants of $500 to $3,000 are awarded annually.

FUNDING AREAS: Women, children, and families in Greater Philadelphia

IP TAKE:  This funder is hyper-local and focused on women and girls in the region. Grants aren’t huge, but they're an influential community of women that you’ll want to get to know.

PROFILE: The Saturday Club is a venerable and unique women’s group that serves the Greater Philadelphia area through grantmaking and volunteerism. It has been on the local scene since the 1880s and supports local organizations through charitable donations. It also serves as a networking group for members. When The Saturday Club was formed in the 19th century it was a radical concept for women to meet outside the home and form their own club. But it's groups like this that have paved the way for the growing movement of women’s giving circles in modern philanthropy.

In recent years, The Saturday Club has awarded about five grants annually at its spring membership meeting. All of these funds have supported women, children, and families in the Greater Philadelphia area. The group is based in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Past grantees include the Community Center at Visitation, Greener Partners, Milagro House, Paws and Affection, and The Parkesburg Point Youth Center. You can find a list of previous grantees on the funder’s Philanthropy page.

Grant applications are typically due in January of each year, and awards are announced in April. In the past, grants were awarded twice per year. The grants awarded are typically between $500 and $3,000 each. The Saturday Club also makes in-kind donations for the use of its clubhouse. To be eligible for a grant, your nonprofit must serve women, children, and families in the Philadelphia area. All grant applications must be sent in via mail, and it is necessary to provide 10 copies of the application form with your submission. Duplicate copies of supporting documents are appreciated as well.

The women’s group partners with Philadelphia area nonprofits to determine the best ways to help. Sometimes this is through grants, and other times it is by volunteering time and conducting needs drives. Other activities include a 5K race, bingo events, holiday markets, youth programs, and talent shows.

This women’s giving group is run by a board of directors, who serve two-year terms. Email addresses for board members are listed on the funder’s website. Grantseeker questions can be directed to the philanthropy committee at 610-688-9746 or via email at philanthropy@saturdayclub.org.

Keep up with the latest grants awarded by this group and other news on its Public Relations page. And check the Events and Programs page to learn about the different events the group puts on in the local area.

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