We are pleased to present our 2015 Annual Report to the community, showcasing the grants that improved our region, the contributions that built permanent philanthropic resources and the asset growth achieved through wise stewardship and investment.

We’re also sharing some developments within The Philadelphia Foundation and initiatives that were launched or culminated during the calendar year.

Our 2015 Year In Review

2015 Snapshots

By the Numbers

Leadership Transition

2015 Snapshots

By the Numbers

Our Community Impact

Across the Greater Philadelphia region, we advance causes, support institutions, convene leaders and perpetuate the priorities of our donors – all in order to meet our community's diverse needs.

Learn more about how during 2015 we created new funds to accomplish the vision of our donors, accepted contributions from a range of supporters, distributed grants to effective nonprofits and shared our financial data with the community.

Leadership Transistion

Leadership Transistion

A Legacy of Service

After 16 years as TPF President, R. Andrew Swinney retired in 2015. His many contributions to the organization included more than doubling TPF’s asset base.

His 2015 honors included the R. Andrew Swinney Presidential Achievement Fund created by TPF’s Board of Managers and the Dennis Clark Solas Award from the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.

Sadly, Andrew passed away in April 2016. His death generated a national outpouring of condolences from those who knew him as a passionate advocate for nonprofits and a person of compassion, vision and dedication.

Building on Community Leadership

Longtime Philadelphia civic leader Pedro A. Ramos became President and CEO of TPF in August 2015.

He previously served as the city’s Managing Director, School Reform Commission Chair, School Board President and as a law firm partner.

Pedro launched his new role through community presentations including the keynote address for the Greater Philadelphia Leaderhip Exchange.

He also connected with TPF donors at Presidential Open Houses and engaged with nonprofit and philanthropic leaders as he began to shape TPF’s role for its second century.

Supporting Collaborations That...

Supporting Collaborations That...

Strengthen Nonprofits

In 2015, TPF joined seven other organizations in launching the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund to help Greater Philadelphia nonprofits pursue potential affiliations, partnerships and mergers.

TPF’s Organizational Effectiveness grants, part of its discretionary funding, totaled $1.3 million in 2015.

By underwriting strategic planning, succession planning, technology upgrades and strategic partnerships, these grants build well-run, well-staffed nonprofits. The result: more efficient social services, workforce development, family and senior support.

Promote Transformation

Here are two examples of how TPF is helping to pave a new future by changing the status quo:

Forge Innovation

In 2015, H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest helped secure the future of independent journalism in this region and elsewhere by endowing an institute to advance innovation and creative business models for local journalism The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com were donated to TPF’s Special Assets Fund.

Halloran Philanthropies distributed $2.3 million in worldwide support through TPF in 2015. Halloran applies innovation to sustainable social enterprise in order to free people from poverty. Through TPF, it explored effective solutions in locations from Philadelphia to Uganda.

Ongoing Commitments to...

Ongoing Commitments to...

Children and Youth

  • A place to play.
  • A place where hands-on learning addresses real world needs.
  • Places where teen perspectives drive programming.

Our 2015 grants supported all these – and more.

Noah’s Playground in Newtown Township offers an inclusive play space for all abilities and honors an infant who died of SIDS.

The More Than Autos Fund supports the Workshop School, where one project rehabs cars for those in need of transport.

Our Fund for Children’s YOUTHadelphia program awarded $95,000 to 15 nonprofits with teen-centric programs.

Basic Needs

Our 2015 grants ensured that gaps in basic needs were addressed.

We funded food distributions to low-income populations through the SHARE Food Program, utility support and transitional housing through the Utility Emergency Services Fund of Philadelphia, and housing for the homeless through Habitat for Humanity and the Homeless Advocacy Project.

In a land of plenty and in the City of Brotherly Love, no one should go without what is vital to his or her existence.

Donor Service

Simplicity: Larry Keeley of the Keeley Family Charity Fund used the donor portal we updated in 2015 for his first online grant. “Clearly laid out, with a simple step-by-step process,” he noted.

Transparency: We presented our portfolio returns during our annual Investment Seminar held in November.

Vision: Donors and members of our Women’s Philanthropy Network focused their personal giving priorities during our Live Your Legacy workshop.

Little wonder, then, that a 2015 Center for Effective Philanthropy survey rated us highly for contributing to our donors’ ability to make an impact on the region.


Among our 2015 animal-related grants, we:

The human-animal bond is ancient, mutually beneficial and a key component of a society where compassion and respect are foundational values.

Women Leaders

Our 2015 grants empowered women by:

Members of our Women’s Philanthropy Network met in 2015 to grow their philanthropic impact and have Conversations of Impact about topics affecting Greater Philadelphia. At the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, we shared news about how all women can work with us to be change-makers.

LGBT Causes

Our longstanding partnership with the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund and our record as an early funder of AIDS programs anchor our LGBT commitment.

We were proud in December 2015 to learn we’d been named among the top five community foundations nationally to fund LGBTQ issues. Also in December, we convened key homeless and LGBTQ activists to discuss the housing needs of Philadelphia LGBTQ homeless teens.

In 2015, we provided major support for:

Enhanced Opportunities Through...

Enhanced Opportunities Through...

Arts and Culture

Our Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund provides major support for the STAMP Program, which highlights arts and culture as leisure-time options for Philadelphia teens.

Our Community Art Gallery, which in 2015 featured Valley Youth House, KIPP Philadelphia and The Plastic Club, showcases organizations that enrich our region.

Our $3.4 million in 2015 arts and culture grants supported not only inspiration and entertainment, but broader understanding of each other.

By confronting our fears and expressing our hopes – enabling us to view life through fresh perspectives – the arts change us for the better.


Scholarships assist not just the direct recipient, but also successive generations of the student's family and the community as a whole. In 2015, we awarded over $1.2 million dollars in scholarships to 270 deserving recipients.

The financial support allowed Greater Philadelphia students to receive degrees in fields from architecture to zoology at colleges and universities across the nation.

Students also attended art classes or summer camp with scholarship support.

When students pursue career paths that might not otherwise be available to them, we all win!

Economic Mobility

In 2015, we helped many to overcome obstacles to achievement.