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2015 Year in Review

Maari Porter 

Read highlights from our past year.


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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.

2016 Fall Conference
Toward a More Perfect Union:
Strengthening the Sector Together

New Venue

Following a string of sold out events, this year we're moving to a new, larger space at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

Keynote Speaker:
Vu Le

Vu is author of the popular humor blog, Nonprofit with Balls. Visit NWB to check out some of his hilarious new posts.

Become a sponsor!

Sponsorship opportunities are available at a range of levels. Click here for additional details or contact Ashley Feuer-Edwards

Mark your calendar for 11/17 and stay tuned for additional details coming soon!



Two foundation leaders stepping down

Laura SparksLaura Sparks

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Leaders of two major foundations that support Greater Philadelphia announced their intentions to leave their roles in the coming months. Laura Sparks, Executive Director of Philadelphia's William Penn Foundation, will leave later this fall to become the first female president of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation based in Princeton, NJ, announced that she will step down once a successor is in place.

Read more about the transitions at William Penn Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Greater Philadelphia Food Funders travel to Pittsburgh

Greater Philadelphia Food Funder co-chairs Vania Freire and Patricia Blakely

About 15 food funders from Greater Philadelphia and the central part of the state, along with a few food-related nonprofits, spent the first three days of August in Pittsburgh to learn about the innovative practices occurring in Southwestern Pennsylvania to improve food systems. This learning exchange, organized in partnership with our counterparts at Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, followed a similar visit that took place last summer, where Pittsburgh-area funders traveled to our region for a first-hand look at the programs and organizations that are improving our food system right here in Philadelphia.

»» Read more in this recap by Tamela Luce, Senior Program Officer at HealthSpark Foundation: Free-Range Food Funders: Pittsburgh Edition.



Philanthropy Network’s Maari Porter explains what makes funders “spark”
Maari Porter

In a recent PhillyCAM interview with Generocity editor Julie Zeglen, Network's executive director Maari Porter talks about some of the lessons learned from our Sparking Solutions initiative to actively promote and foster collaborative philanthropy around five critical, poverty-related issues.


Sparking Solutions Report

At our 2016 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.


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.

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).


Latest News

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's 2016 Annual Member Meeting & Reception

Funder-to-Funder Conversation: Maximizing the Golden Triangle: Savings, EITC, & Financial Coaching


Phoenixville Community Health Foundation 2016 Champion of the Community Award (deadline 9/30)

Edna G. Kynett Foundation Childhood Cardiovascular Risk Initiative (applications due 10/15/16)

Knight Cities Challenge (applications accepted 10/10-11/3)



Philadelphia Cultural Fund 2016-17 Art & Culture Grant Program (9/30/16 at 5:00 PM)

Brandywine Health Foundation (10/6/16)


Executive Assistant to the President - John Templeton Foundation 

Assistant Director, Public Engagement - John Templeton Foundation 

Corporate Engagement Manager – United Way of Greater Phila. & Southern NJ

Coordinator, Engagement (p/t) – United Way of Greater Phila. & Southern NJ

Director of Resource Development (Workplace Campaigns) – United Way of Greater Phila. & Southern NJ