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Philadelphia's Lobbyist Ordinance

In January 2012, Philadelphia's first-ever lobbyist registration and disclosure ordinance went into effect. Under Regulation No. 9, Lobbying  many nonprofits that interact with city government or with the School District could be required to register as lobbyists and file expense reports.

For further details read this Lobbying FAQ, visit the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics' website or call (215) 686-9450.

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia is a membership association for grantmakers. While we are engaged with regional nonprofit organizations on many levels, we do not make grants, provide technical assistance to nonprofits, or make recommendations to match grantseekers with specific funders.

Where to find assistance.
Please contact these regional service providers that offer education and training for nonprofits. Simply click on the logos to link to each organization's website.

The Regional Foundation Center (RFC) at the Free Library of Philadelphia was founded in 1974 to provide grantseekers, grantmakers, and the general public with accurate current information on nonprofit management, proposal writing, and philanthropy. Housed at the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine Street), its collection of print and electronic materials is the largest public information clearinghouse of its type in the tri-state area. Note: The RFC is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center in New York, and is a great first stop for nonprofits searching for appropriate funders to support their projects or organizations.


The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University, a program of the University's School of Business Administration, works to strengthen the management and governance infrastructures of nonprofits throughout the Delaware Valley. The Nonprofit Center is the premier technical assistance provider for nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region.


Created in partnership with United Way of Bucks County, the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library Nonprofit Resource Center (NRC) provides a variety of print and online resources to assist grantseekers and grantmakers learn about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.


Under new ownership as of 2008, Pennsylvania Foundations Online is a subscriber-based database that enables nonprofit organizations to search for charitable foundations to support their missions. The database contains over 2,100 PA foundation profiles which are updated on an ongoing basis. PA Foundations Online also offers a free, online e-newsletter that includes information and tips for grantseekers.


The Bucks County Center for Nonprofit Management is a for-profit management consulting and training firm working with nonprofits to improve their effectiveness through private consultation as well as through its Nonprofit Management Training Series. Capacity Building & Technical Assistance Grants are available through a partnership with Foundations Community Partnership, a member of DVG.



The mission of Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter is to enhance the philanthropic effectiveness of the greater Philadelphia community through the promotion of ethical practices, professional development, education, communication, leadership and service. AFP-GPC sponsors numerous educational workshops throughout the year and is also the presenter of the annual Franklin Forum and the National Philanthropy Day awards and celebration.


Located in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) is the statewide membership organization serving the charitable nonprofit sector in the Commonwealth. Services include: Training Seminars; Technical Assistance including Nonprofit Governance and Legislative Information; Information on the Legislative Process and on Getting to Know Your Legislator; and Education on Public Policy Issues that Affect Nonprofits.


The Nonprofit Finance Fund offers financial and advisory services to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area, including loans for facilities and other growth-related projects; workshops on facilities and financial planning and new business development projects; and small planning grants.