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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$1,997,593,064 - 2009-12-31
$1,382,987,071 - 2006-12-31


$30,491,019 - 2009-12-31
$61,840,770 - 2006-12-31

Foundation Grants and Resources


Recent News from William Penn Foundation

Philly's Percent for Art program — the nation's first — celebrates 60 years, 600 pieces
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

When people enter the Matthias Baldwin Park in Philadelphia's Spring Garden neighborhood, they may not know they are literally walking into a...more

Delaware Canal improvement projects underway
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

The DCNR awarded two $85,000 grants to Delaware Canal 21. ... The William Penn Foundation's grant will go toward “advancing the...more

Money Moves: A towering $83M has been awarded recently to area organizations
Foundation: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, William Penn Foundation

The total grant of $55 million is the single largest gift in Philadelphia ... of us in the Philadelphia Orchestra family,” said Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. ... The William Penn...more

Kids' book program to expand to 150 Philly elementary schools
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

William Penn is the lead grant donor for the expansion with $1.3 million. Next year, the ... Can the child identify what kind of books they like to...more

Kids book program to expand to 150 Philly elementary schools
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

The nonprofit partnered with 10 elementary schools in the district last year with a $325,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation. William Penn...more

william penn foundation continues commitment to arts & culture with $11.8 million in new grants to
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

PHILADELPHIA (May 30, 2019) – Today the William Penn Foundation ... These grants offer unrestricted operating support to a range of arts...more

Franklin Institute, Phila. Museum of Art among recipients of $11.8 million from William Penn ...
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation will spread $11.8 million in grants to 35 Philadelphia arts and cultural organizations. Organizations that will share...more Launches foundationConnect, a Complete CRM and Grants Management Solution ...
Foundation: Commonwealth Fund, William Penn Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce (CRM), today announced it ... vision for philanthropy: creating a marketplace for...more

New “Good to Great” grants seek to boost early literacy
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

A grant review team from the District and Fund chose the winning schools from 78 applicants, who were then narrowed down to 20...more

School Notes: April 28
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

The “Good to Great” grants were awarded through The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia and are funded by the William Penn...more

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