Breaking barriers to empower the community

We are honored to be part of the powerful forces of change that continue to improve the quality of life for millions of people in our region. We do so by embracing three key leadership roles:



Key Connector by bringing together donors and doers, innovators and influencers across the social-scape.

Key Activator by uniting causes with capital, moving ideas and generating momentum for action.

Key Accelerator by setting and raising the standards for leadership and integrity, multiplying impact, driving social and investment returns.

Throughout our next century of service, we will continue to empower nonprofits and scholars, activate givers and support Greater Philadelphia. But how we do that will evolve. Informed through our strategic planning initiatives, our activity will center on three key areas of community impact.

Civic and Philanthropic Leadership

We look forward to using our multidimensional role as fund holder, investor, and aggregator, public educator, convener, connector and communicator in new ways to help strengthen our region. What we learn from our grantmaking will inform advocacy, educational programming, fundraising and collaborations in the civic arena — and vice versa.

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Grantmaking and Scholarships

Our grantmaking, differentiated by our deep knowledge of our region’s nonprofits and rigorous due diligence and selection process, provides support to hundreds of community organizations each year. Our 100-plus scholarship funds empower individuals, groups and organizations to invest directly our city’s future leaders. Combined, these efforts serve as our key to unlocking the true possibilities of the region’s future.

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Fundraising and Donor Services

Our grantmaking, leadership activities and business operations are all supported through bequests, donor contributions and earned fees. Changemaking requires change capital, and we must continue to grow our assets in order to continue to make a difference in our community. Current donors give us high marks for the support and services provided, as well as for investment returns, and we will continue to build on this strong record.

Help accelerate change by giving to the Philadelphia Foundation today.

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