Gearing Up For Our


We closed out the 2018 year by celebrating a huge milestone — our 100th anniversary. On December 20, 1918, the Philadelphia Foundation was established as a charitable trust to administer community-based philanthropy. Over the 100-plus years since, times have changed and our region has evolved. But one thing has remained constant: our commitment to serve as a trusted partner connecting people who care with causes that matter.


It’s amazing to look back on the past century and reflect on the meaningful work we’ve accomplished with our donors, community partners and the local nonprofits that are accelerating positive change. But we believe it even more important to direct our focus on our next 100 years of service and how we can build on our existing strong momentum.


That’s why, as we enter our second century of service and leadership, we do so with a vision anchored in the needs of today and optimism for a better tomorrow. It’s a vision to build a vibrant metropolitan region where opportunities, prosperity and public assets are shared by all.


We have a year-long series of events, special grantmaking projects and community engagement initiatives planned to celebrate our Centennial Year. We’re approaching our second century of service to this community with ambitious goals, fresh optimism and continued resolve to support the vitality of our region. By bringing together our region’s nonprofit organizations, businesses and Greater Philadelphians of all ages across the seven counties, we seek to continue accelerating positive change in the community and improving quality of life in the region.


We invite you to join us as we continue to connect, activate and accelerate change across the region. Together, we can amplify our ability to improve the lives of millions of people in our region and make our second century of service even more impactful than our first.

2018 year in review