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2015 Year in Review

Maari Porter 

Read highlights from our past year.


The Nonprofit Repositioning Fund is a collaborative effort to improve the capacity, effectiveness, and financial health of Greater Philadelphia's nonprofit sector. Learn more.


About Us

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia is the region’s membership association for organizations and individuals active in philanthropy. Our 150+ members represent a broad spectrum of funder types, interests and approaches that reflect the increasing diversity of philanthropy. Our purpose is to educate and inspire members to do their best giving.


Sparking Solutions ReportSPARKING SOLUTIONS
March 2016

At our 28th Annual Members' Meeting on April 6, we released a brand new report on Sparking Solutions, our initiative to actively promote and foster collaborative philanthropy that improves conditions, creates opportunities and changes lives in Greater Philadelphia. Launched in 2013, Sparking Solutions embodies a simple yet powerful idea: funders have to work collaboratively, with each other and across sectors, if we are to move the needle on critical challenges in the region. Read more.



In memoriam: R. Andrew Swinney

Andrew SwinneyAndrew Swinney, immediate past president of The Philadelphia Foundation, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016 following a year-long battle with ALS.  Swinney retired on June 30, 2015, capping a 43-year career in the public and private sectors, including 21 years in the community foundation field. He came to Philadelphia in 1998 from The Oshkosh Foundation, where he tripled that community foundation's assets during his seven-year tenure as executive director. In a statement released by The Philadelphia Foundation, Board of Managers chair Lawrence J. Beaser said of Swinney,"His dedicated service enriched the quality of life for many throughout the region, as he tirelessly promoted funding and support for the nonprofit sector. I knew him to have tremendous compassion and dedication." Read more.

Your Way Home recognized with HUD Secretary's award

Your Way Home receives HUD Secretary's AwardOn April 10, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Council on Foundations, named Your Way Home Montgomery County one of the 10 winners of the HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, which recognizes cross-sector partnerships and is given to place-based funders for initiatives executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency.  The Montgomery County Foundation Inc. serves as the fiscal sponsor for the Your Way Home Fund; the public-private partnership was made possible through the catalytic philanthropy of the HealthSpark Foundation, whose early planning and capacity building grants and continuing commitment to YWH led the way for systems transformation and collective impact. Other philanthropic leadership and support comes from the Curaterra Foundation, Genuardi Family Foundation, Patricia Kind Family Foundation, and North Penn United Way, among others. 

Four local winners in Knight Cities Challenge


On April 12, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge, an initiative that supports innovative efforts focused on one or more of three drivers of city success: attracting and keeping talented people, expanding economic opportunity and creating a culture of civic engagement. Now in its second year, the Challenge granted $5 million to projects across the 26 cities where Knight invests. Philadelphia garnered $873,364 for four projects, tied with Detroit for the highest number of projects funded. Read more about this year's winners.



Foundation Maps: Greater Philadelphia

Built on the Foundation Center’s powerful data visualization platform, Foundation Maps: Greater Philadelphia is a dynamic new tool shows the most detailed, up-to-date grants data available for our region Find out more about the Get on the Map campaign. Philanthropy Network members can login to our website to access the map here.

Op-ed: No way to treat PA citizens

Jim Cawley, Maari Porter, Pedro Ramos

By Philanthropy Network Executive Director Maari Porter with Jim Cawley, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and Pedro A. Ramos, President & CEO, The Philadelphia Foundation

Sparking Solutions 2015: Dr. Manuel Pastor
Learning and Leading Together in a Diverse Landscape

Thanks to the more than 375 attendees who joined us last November 12 and made SPARKING SOLUTIONS 2015 our largest and best conference ever! Visit our 2015 Fall Conference Highlights page for more photos and resources from the the event, including a video of the keynote remarks by Dr. Manuel Pastor (pictured right).

Giving in Greater Philadelphia 2014

Based on a survey of the Network’s members, Giving in Greater Philadelphia 2014 identifies recent trends, priorities and practices of key players in region’s philanthropic landscape and examines current, relevant data on giving in the five-county area. Key among the findings are that philanthropy in the region is stable and growing, with a reported 10 percent increase in regional giving from 2011-2013, and topping the list of funding priorities are Education, Arts & Culture, and Human Services. Read the press release and download the full report.


Latest News

5/2/2016 » 5/4/2016
GEO: 2016 National Conference

Webinar: Foundation Maps for U.S. Veterans and Military Families

Webinar: Youth Philanthropy and Next-Gen Giving Webinar Series


National Philanthropy Day Awards (deadline extended to 5/13)

Compass Pro Bono Consulting for Nonprofits (information session 5/2; applications accepted 4/15-6/15)



Vice President of Business Development - Triskeles Foundation

Foundation Manager - Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation

Donor Relations Associate - The Philadelphia Foundation

Your Way Home Program Manager

Volunteer Program Manager - Dow