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Discretionary Grantmaking

The Philadelphia Foundation gives priority for the grants it awards to organizations able to demonstrate that at least 33% of those they serve or represent are low-income. In the case of General Operating Support grants, if the percentage of low-income populations served exceeds the foundation’s 33% threshold, the grant amount may be increased incrementally based on the organization’s service to low-income populations.

The foundation also gives priority to nonprofits with operating budgets less than 5 million dollars.

We work with a variety of nonprofits to improve their organizational effectiveness through investment in business and management practices that enable organizations to better meet their missions. With some exceptions, The Philadelphia Foundation does not fund specific programs or projects. Instead, the Foundation invests in strengthening nonprofit organizations and provides General Operating Support.

See which organizations are not currently eligible to receive funding through the discretionary grantmaking process.

Learn about the Foundation’s application process before submitting applications to online general operating support dropbox or the organizational effectiveness dropbox.

In 2014, The Philadelphia Foundation will accept new applications for Organizational Effectiveness and General Operating Support on a rolling basis until the end of business on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

After this date, new applications for General Operating Support or Organizational Effectiveness cannot be accepted until Jan. 1, 2015.

Update for Nonprofit Partners

TPF's current discretionary grant maximum for General Operating Support is $35,000. For Organizational Effectiveness it is $40,000. Feel free to register for any of our monthly open houses or contact anyone in the Philanthropic Services Department if you have questions about our discretionary grantmaking priorities or process.

We look forward to working with you.

Philanthropic Services Department

The Philadelphia Foundation

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