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PLEASE NOTE: Reports produced prior to November 2013 were published under the name of Delaware Valley Grantmakers


2014 Year in Review
February 2015

Selected highlights and accomplishments
from the past year.


Giving in Greater Philadelphia 2014Giving in Greater Philadelphia 2014
November 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.

Donor Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity:
Lessons from Greater Philadelphia

Commissioned by the Greater Philadelphia Food Funders
and produced by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy
(March 2014)

This guide identifies three key strategies for donors who seek to impact childhood obesity: start early, increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity, and enable healthy choices in both eating and physical activity. Supported by a grant from the Convergence Partnership for Healthy People, Healthy Places.

2013 Year in Review
January 2014

2013 Year in Review


Read about selected highlights and
accomplishments from the past year.






Greater Philadelphia Food Funders Strategic Plan 2014-2018
Food Funders Strategic Plan
October 2013

Developed by the Greater Philadelphia Food Funders group, the plan sets forth a vision and mission and identifies key goals and strategies that will allow them to increase impact by creating opportunities for collective action. The plan is the first phase of a three‐part project that also includes developing a funder toolkit around childhood obesity prevention and intervention programs, and community outreach to spark greater awareness, collective action and measurable change. 

The project is supported with a grant from the Convergence Partnership Fund for Healthy People, Healthy Places, and match commitments by: Claneil Foundation, Inc., Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Leo & Peggy Pierce Family Foundation, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, and The Philadelphia Foundation.

2012 DVG Members' Memo
December 2012

This 4-page summary highlights our
activities and accomplishments over
the past year.

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Donor's Guide to Food Funding

A Donor's Guide to Food Funding in Greater Philadelphia
June 2011

This guide profiles approximately 100 food-related grantees of 20 foundations in the region. It is intended to offer guidance to donors and foundation trustees to get started or build on their food-related philanthropy.

Prepared by Delaware Valley Grantmakers with support from
Claneil Foundation, Inc. and Delaware Valley Regional
Planning Commission.



Philanthropy in Pennsylvania: Partners for Progress

April 2011

Prepared by DVG in partnership with Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, this briefing book was prepared for the Administration of Governor Tom Corbett to provide an overview of philanthropy in the Commonwealth. 

The publication contains key facts and figures about the state’s philanthropic giving and nonprofit sector and examples of how foundations and nonprofit organizations are already working with government to achieve important gains for Pennsylvanians.


Education Funders Survey (available to members only)
April 2011

As the result of a discussion among Education Funders, DVG conducted a survey in March 2011 to ascertain how its members are funding public education and public school students in Philadelphia. Results of this survey are meant to help members understand how and where their fellow grantmakers are providing funding, and will be used by DVG staff to inform future discussions with members and other stakeholders.


Philanthropic Outlook Survey III
March 2010

Between January 2009 and February 2010, DVG conducted three Philanthropic Outlook Surveys to assess how members were adjusting their grantmaking and operations in light of the changing economic conditions. It was clear from the responses that members across the board have been making difficult choices in the face of the downturn and have serious concerns about the toll that conditions are having on the issues and organizations they support.

Answers to our most recent survey reveal a modest improvement in circumstances over a year ago, tempered by continued caution. The survey found that assets are beginning to recover value following the steep decline of the past year. Almost two-thirds of our members identified Arts & Culture organizations as the nonprofits most adversely affected by economic conditions. On a positive note, while the majority of respondents felt the overall outlook for philanthropy in 2010 remained about the same, many also saw a "silver lining” from the downturn in the form of increased efficiency, focus and collaboration.

>> Click on the graphic to the right to open a PDF of the survey summary.

Commonwealth Giving: A Report on Pennsylvania Philanthropy
March 2008

Commonwealth Giving: A Report on Pennsylvania Philanthropy reveals the magnitude and trends in individual and foundation giving in the state between 1995 to 2005. This report, a joint venture between DVG and our colleagues at Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, is the first overview of giving in the commonwealth compiled since 2001.  With data supplied by the Foundation Center and analyzed by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the study provides a benchmark of how Pennsylvania giving compares to national philanthropic trends, and presents a comparison of charitable giving in the Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest regions of Pennsylvania.

>> Download the full report (32 pages) or executive summary (8 pages).