Organizational Effectiveness Grants

Organizational Effectiveness Grants are designed to strengthen and improve the business and operational practices of nonprofits in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington and Camden counties in southern New Jersey.

For nonprofits serving this population

Five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania Region; Burlington and Camden Counties in New Jersey.

Priority given to

  • Those able to demonstrate that at least 50% of those they serve or represent are low-income
  • Those with operating budgets under $5 million


  • For 2017 grantmaking, applicants must have received an Organizational Effectiveness grant from The Philadelphia Foundation any time during 2016.
  • Operating budget less than $10 million
  • 501c3 status
  • Provide three years of audits or 990s
  • One Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff Person
  • In compliance with TPF non-discrimination policy
  • Not an ineligible organization
  • Must complete child abuse clearance and criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers who work with youth.
  • Organizations may apply for only one of the following grant types per year: Fund for Children, Organizational Effectiveness, and General Operating Support.
  • Organizations currently receiving Organizational Effectiveness, General Operating Support, Supporting Grants or Strategic Investment in Youth Grants may apply for YOUTHadelphia grants.
  • Strongly preferred:
    • Written, board-approved policies regarding whistle-blowing, conflict of interest, and document retention and destruction.
    • Interim or permanent executive leadership in place for at least three months.
    • Limited familial relationships among board and staff members.

Amount of Grants

Projects funded at cost up to $30,000, but not more than 10% of the organization’s budget.

Types of Projects Funded

Some examples:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Board Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Program Evaluation/Development
  • Strategic Relationships
  • Business & Finance
  • Management & Operations

Application deadline

Apply no sooner than May 5, 2017 and no later than June 30, 2017.

Organizational Effectiveness Grants Process


Step 1. Determine Eligibility

Completing the five-minute quiz is an essential first step.


Step 2. Apply

2017 Application [DOC]

Follow Up

Step 3. Follow Up

Not required until the project proposal has been approved. A Program Officer will contact you


Step 4. Report

For questions about grants, call (215)563-6417 or email us.

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