The William Penn Foundation (PA)

The William Penn Foundation was established since 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas. They are dedicated in improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children's future, and deepen connections to nature and community.

The foundation envisions an advanced dynamic and diverse region with meaningful opportunities.

Currently, the foundation is i the process of implementing a new strategiv plan that will realign the funding priorities and guide their work for the next 10 years.

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$30,491,019 - 2009-12-31
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Foundation Grants and Resources


Recent News from William Penn Foundation

Claneil Foundation announces 2017 Partnership Fund and Critical Issue Fund Grantees
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

The Claneil Foundation announced the 2017 grant recipients in their Partnership and Critical Issue...more

Independence Seaport Museum wants you to love the Delaware River
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

These are the kinds of questions that the Independence Seaport Museum wants to answer with its upcoming River Alive! exhibition, a project that recently received a $2.6 million grant from the William...more

State awards grants for Delaware Canal improvements
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

A nonprofit organization that oversees the historic Delaware Canal has received $170,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and ... In collaboration with Morrisville Borough,...more

William Penn Foundation awards $2.6M to support River Alive! Project
Foundation: Philadelphia Foundation, William Penn Foundation

William Penn Foundation awarded a $2.6 million grant to Independence Seaport Museum to open River Alive! – a landmark exhibition focusing on...more

43 organizations receive Barra Awards
Foundation: Philadelphia Foundation, William Penn Foundation

The Barra Foundation announced they will award $2150000 to 43 exemplary organizations from across the field of Arts & Culture, Education, Health and Human...more

Former DC Mayor Calls on Philanthropy to Follow City Officials' Lead
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

This is a topic we have covered many times before; see, for instance, this article on what author Joanne Barkan describes as philanthropic plutocracy. One example Williams gives of philanthropy...more

The Problem With Urban Philanthropy
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

Beginning with Michael Bloomberg's recruitment of Caroline Kennedy to spearhead funding for public schools, cities are getting savvier about philanthropy. There are more philanthropic dollars...more

Philly mag takes a deep dive into the region's philanthropic legacy
Foundation: Annenberg Foundation , Pew Charitable Trusts, William Penn Foundation, Annenberg Foundation

“Only You Can Fix Philly's Philanthropy Crisis” by Malcolm Burnley takes a close look at why that is. Some examples: In the early 2000s, major funders Annenberg Foundation moved to L.A. and Pew...more

Only You Can Fix Philly's Philanthropy Crisis
Foundation: Philadelphia Foundation, William Penn Foundation

How is it that Philly — a city with deep Quaker roots and a nickname that practically drips with generosity — is home to a philanthropic sector...more

When the Arts Faced a Threat in This City, Here's How Funders Rallied
Foundation: Lenfest Foundation, William Penn Foundation

First, as a major U.S. city, it has an extensive network of philanthropic ... news/bad news" dimension of philanthropy's anti-Doomsday largess:...more

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New social enterprise, I.M.P.A.C.T Northeast CIC, has moved its headquarters smack dab in Sunderland city....

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