Strengthening Communities

Partnering with local organizations to bring their visions for the future of the region to life

Supporting Haiti Relief

One community rallied together to rebuild another.

After the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com established Philadelphia’s Haiti Relief Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation and invited the community to contribute. The purpose: meeting immediate and ongoing needs, such as clean water and shelter. The company initiated the fund with a $10,000 cash donation and contributed significant print and advertising. Within the first two weeks, more than 1,200 individuals had donated $100,000 to the fund. The money supported grassroots organizations working on the ground in Haiti, and was also used to buy and distribute solar panels that provided small-scale electrical power to charge lights, radios and phones.

Preserving Independent Journalism

Strong communities are supported by an unwavering commitment to truth.

In 2016, cable television entrepreneur Gerry Lenfest gifted an initial endowment of $20 million to create The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to build sustainable business models for local journalism. He also gifted his ownership of the Philadelphia Media Network (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and philly.com) and later committed an additional $40 million matching gift. The institute remains dedicated to high-quality, innovative, independent journalism in the digital age.

Helping Hometowns Grow

Neighbors shape the future of their hyperlocal community

The East Mount Airy Neighbors Community Fund was established to provide funding for nonprofits working to improve the health, welfare and quality of life in Northwest Philadelphia. Each year the Fund provides grants that support the initiatives in the areas of aging, building community, children & youth, mental health and intellectual disabilities. The fund has provided grants to a variety of organizations including Awbury Arboretum, Mount Airy Baseball and the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network.