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

An interactive fountain driven by train traffic is coming to Philadelphia's Center City
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

The $325,000 grant that the CCD announced last Monday will cover the construction of Pulse's green section, which would follow SEPTA's ... the $4 million required to complete and maintain Pulse ever...more

Drexel receives $2.6 Million for Early Childhood Initiative
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

On April 19, Drexel University received two grants totaling $2.6 million to be used to improve access to early childhood education in West Philadelphia. A $1.63 million grant was awarded by the...more

DWGNRA acquires girl scout camp
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

Natural Lands, along with The Conservation Fund, secured grant funds to help pay for the purchase. Those grants include $300,000 from the Doris Duke Foundation, $400,000 from the William Penn...more

Vanguard awards $1.63M to childhood learning effort
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

The Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program recently presented a $1.63 million grant to Drexel University's West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning initiative. In this photo, Carra Cote-Ackah,...more

William Penn Foundation awards $180K to canal projects in Easton, Lower Makefield, Morrisville ...
Foundation: William Penn Foundation

BUCKS COUNTY >> Delaware Canal 21 and its partner, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, has been awarded a second round of grants totaling $180,000 by the William...more

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

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