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
$61,840,770 - 2006-12-31

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Recent News from William Penn Foundation

Many public institutions, like libraries, are funded by private money, but caution is key. | Opinion
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

... where the extreme right denies any communitarian purpose to schooling and the hard left assumes that every philanthropic gesture or innovation is a ... For charters, philanthropy has most often...more

Vanguard and William Penn Foundation Award $2.6 Million in Grants to Drexel's Early Learning ...
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

Two grants totaling $2.6 million will help support Drexel University's efforts to improve early childhood education in West Philadelphia. They are the first significant grants to benefit early...more

Two Lehigh and Delaware canal charities receive $180,00 grant
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

Two charitable organizations that work to preserve the history and health of the Lehigh and Delaware canals received $180,000 recently from a local philanthropic foundation. The William Penn...more

William Penn Foundation gives $42M to protect Delaware River
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

“We are among the largest private foundations making grants for freshwater conservation in the country,” said Andrew Johnson, who manages the program for the foundation. “It's significant as a...more

Nature Conservancy receives grant from William Penn Foundation
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

Volunteers will be provided new opportunities to contribute to restoration projects, work with youth and conduct public outreach. The grant also funds the establishment of a demonstration site in...more

Foundations Denounce Trump's Proposal to Eliminate NEA
Foundation: Knight Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Surdna Foundation , Bush Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation, McKnight Foundation, William Penn Foundation

“Foundation dollars are meant to be risk capital; public funding exists to bring tested interventions to scale. Government is responsive to voters through election cycles; foundations are charged...more

Power Moves: Gayle Isa is leaving Asian Arts Initiative in June
Foundation: Wallace Foundation, Wallace Foundation , Wallace Foundation , William Penn Foundation, Wallace Foundation

Plus, leadership changes at Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and nine more. ... Hodges joined the region's convener of funders this week after working as program...more

The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist
Foundation: Helios Education Foundation, Initiative Foundation, Knight Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, McKnight Foundation, William Penn Foundation, West Central Initiative

It also well predates the recent surge of philanthropic interest in this area. The foundations' commitment to early childhood education started back in 2003 with a gift from the McKnight Foundation....more

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

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