Getting to Know the Honickman Foundation’s Priorities

The Philadelphia-based Honickman Foundation supports specific causes that are close to the founder’s heart and in which its officers believe they can truly make a difference. Although the foundation shuns unsolicited grant requests, it is very specific about the types of programs it likes to support. The focus is on Philadelphia and the five surrounding counties, so perhaps your organization already has a connection to President Lynn Honickman and her crew.

Here’s what you need to know about the Honickman Foundation’s grantmaking priorities.

Art Funding Goes to Photography and Poetry

Regardless of what type of art program you’re running, Honickman likes to learn about new ways that the arts provide Philadelphians with the tools for empowerment, equity, enlightenment, social change, and personal growth. However, the current focus is on photography and poetry. These types of art hold the power to reflect and interpret reality in a way that appeals to the Honickman advisory board. The annual American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry offers publication, a $3,000 award, and distribution. Similarly, the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography offers publication, $3,000, and inclusion in a website presentation.

Education Funding Goes to Computer Literacy

Although the Honickman Foundation has supported a variety of education programs about social change and strengthening students and families, the current focus has been narrowed down to computer literacy. For an example of what Honickman is looking for in education grantees, check out Project H.O.M.E.'s Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs. Located in North Central Philadelphia, the lab opened in 2004 and is equipped with 255 computers and SMART Boards in every classroom for after-school programs, technology instruction, creative classes, and college prep programs.

Health Funding Goes to Underserved Women and Social Issues

The bulk of Honickman’s health budget goes toward helping underserved women, and tackling the social issues that get in the way of their care. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has enjoyed the steadiest support from Honickman over the years, with funds going toward the Honickman Breast Care Center and the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. Philadelphia’s Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) are also top grantees. Programs and research for cancer, stroke, and AIDS are also considered from time to time.

Related: The Honickman Foundation: Philadelphia Grants