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Founded
1999
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Defending individual rights in higher education
Founded in 1999, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) seeks to defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience - the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE's core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.
Founded
1931
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Sharing God's Word with the world
From the American Bible Society's (ABS) founding in 1816, we have been focused on translation, publication and the distribution of Bibles to as many people as possible. Our mission today is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. ABS carries out its mission by: affirming the power of God to speak to every generation through the Holy Scriptures; providing translations of the Holy Scriptures that are faithful to the wording of the original language biblical texts; working in partnership with all Christian churches and Christian communities; producing materials that avoid endorsing or advocating any doctrinal positions; and utilizing appropriate communication tools that allow the Word of God to come alive in individual and public life.
Founded
1954
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Tiny
Perpetuating and preserving the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish pride
Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel endeavors, through sports, to perpetuate and preserve the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish pride, strengthening Jewish bonds and by creating a heightened awareness of Israel and Jewish identity. The volunteer organization seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish youth in the United States, Israel and the Diaspora through athletic, cultural and educational programs. We develop, promote and support international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. We strive to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. We support programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish continuity, Zionism and excellence in sport.
Founded
2006
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Come inside and find belonging with Broad Street Ministry. We are waiting for you.
Broad Street Ministry (BSM) is a broad-minded Christian community that practices radical hospitality and works for a more just world through civic engagement. In 2005, Broad Street Ministry was formed as an alternative church community. BSM seeks to be dynamic in its expression of worship, embracing those both on the margins of faith and those who have enjoyed the embrace of the church. BSM also welcomes into its body not just those who are on the margins of faith but those who are on the margins of society.
Founded
2006
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Curiosity, courage, compassion.
Founded in 2006, Community Partnership School is an independently operating PAIS accredited school that provides a well-rounded, affordable education, while fostering a supportive network among students, school, family and community. This partnership prepares our graduates to flourish in some of the highest performing middle schools and high schools in the region — academically, socially and emotionally. Community Partnership School's mission is to meet talent with opportunity by providing pre-kindergarten and elementary age children from low-wealth, low-income backgrounds in North Central Philadelphia with a high-quality, affordable education that prepares them for lifelong success and strengthens the communities to which they belong.
Founded
2007
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One Soul At A Time
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation exists to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. Through the funding and creation of programs and partnerships, we support innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. It is the organization's goal to recognize and maximize the human potential in those affected by poverty and homelessness by offering assistance in establishing programs that provide food and affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs. The Foundation started its work through the localized efforts of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team and its celebrity owners (which included Jon Bon Jovi). The Foundation quickly expanded its work to have a national presence in it's commitment to develop role models for our city on the individual level, corporate level, and community level by developing, promoting, and assisting in innovative and long-lasting solutions to rebuilding pride in one's self and one's community – one SOUL at a time.
Founded
1985
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Tiny
Media independence
MiNDTV is the newest initiative of Independence Media, the non-profit organization which owns and operates WYBE Channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA. In 1990, WYBE debuted as one of the nation's only independent public TV stations. WYBE has served its community with international news, documentaries, and unique programs on diverse topics. In 2005, Independence Media started developing MiND, a new multi-platform television and internet channel. Deeply rooted in WYBE's local and global community orientation, MiND emphasizes learning, social awareness, and a hands-on approach to media. MiND's schedule is filled with five minute programs, half of them are made by MiND members. By providing access to individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses, MiND is reinventing television. We reach nearly six million people every day.
Founded
1986
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Presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society mission is to serve the Greater Philadelphia region and the field of music by presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music and recital programs performed by exceptional international and Philadelphia-based artists at affordable prices, while promoting new music and music education, collaborating with regional cultural and educational institutions, and providing high quality customer service to our audiences.
Founded
1987
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Together we're building a place for everyone
The Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) is committed to social and economic justice for low-income women and their families. We develop housing and neighborhood facilities; provide supportive services; advocate for policy change; and honor leadership, dignity, and equity in our communities. We accomplish our work through four programs: Affordable Housing Development; Supportive Services for Families; Leadership and Advocacy; and Facilities Development. Women's Community Revitalization Project values low-income women and their families and their power to make decisions that improve their lives. We honor leaders in our community, find solutions to any challenge, and bring hope and possibility to the women that we serve.
Founded
2004
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Tiny
Inspiring Better Cities
Next City is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world. Next City provides daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world. In an age when original, on-the-ground reporting is increasingly rare, we send our writers into urban communities around the world to produce our award-winning longform content. In addition to our online journalism, we produce events including an annual urban leadership conference, Vanguard.
Founded
1928
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Giant
Connecting people to nature since 1812
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a world-class natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.
Founded
1938
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Opera Stars of the Future
Founded in 1934, the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is the only tuition-free institution dedicated exclusively to the study of voice. The AVA's mission is to provide vocal and opera training of the highest quality to exceptionally talented and committed young singers who have the potential for international stature, and to present them in professional performances that are accessible to a wide community. Gifted singers have come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that The Academy of Vocal Arts offers. Admission into AVA's four-year program is highly competitive, with approximately 30 singers enrolled in any given year. Those who are accepted are immersed in an intensive performance program led by some of the most dedicated and inspired teachers and creative artists in the world of opera.Recent graduates include Stephen Costello, Ailyn Perez, Angela Meade, Michael Fabiano, Bryan Hymel, Eglise Gutierrez, Burak Bilgili, Ellie Dehn, and James Valenti.
Founded
1948
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Make it Big
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving: - Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships - Avoidance of risky behaviors - Educational success The Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region Vision is that all children achieve success in life.
Founded
1932
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Tiny
Presenting a broad array of arts, culture, and educational experiences for curious individuals of all ages
The Gershman Y is a vibrant arts and culture center located in Center City Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts. The Gershman Y's mission is to be an urban community center informed by Jewish values that presents a broad array of arts, culture, and educational experiences for curious individuals of all ages. Committed to sharing the diversity and breadth of the Jewish experience, the Gershman Y welcomes people of all ethnic backgrounds and religious affiliations to explore, participate, and contribute to our rich roster of Jewish arts and cultural programs and community initiatives.
Founded
1935
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Giant
Spreading Out To Save More Lives
The Pennsylvania SPCA was the second humane organization to be founded in the United States. What makes the Pennsylvania SPCA so special? We are so much more than a shelter. Throughout the years we have been dedicated to improving the lives of Pennsylvania's animals through our core programs including:-A humane law enforcement department that enforces state laws, responding to situations of animal cruelty and neglect;-Animal shelters to house the animals we have rescued and;-A low-cost veterinary clinic providing medical and low-cost spay & neuter services to clients in the Philadelphia region.Our humane law enforcement department is one of the most active in the country rescuing thousands of animals from difficult and dangerous conditions. Our donor-funded shelter hospital provides care and treatment while our animal shelters house rescued animals while they recover from neglect and abuse and wait for a new home. Read more about us at: http://pspca.org/about/
Founded
1937
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Touching the lives of music lovers worldwide
Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. The Orchestra annually touches the lives of more than one million music lovers worldwide through its performances (more than 300 concerts and other presentations each year), publications, recordings, and broadcasts. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts hosts the Orchestra's home subscription concerts. The Center includes two performance spaces, the 2,500-seat Verizon Hall, designed and built especially for the Orchestra, and the 650-seat Perelman Theater for chamber music presentations.
Founded
1942
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America's first zoo
The mission of the Philadelphia Zoo is to advance discovery, understanding and stewardship of the natural world through compelling exhibition and interpretation of living animals and plants. Throughout its history, the Philadelphia Zoo has focused on educating the public about exotic animals, promoting and participating in worldwide conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and providing exceptional recreational opportunities for families. Today, the Zoo is reaching new heights in all areas of its mission as a conservation, education and recreation organization. The Zoo is the Philadelphia region's leading family attraction, welcoming more than 1.1 million visitors a year.
Founded
1951
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Protecting and enhancing reproductive freedom
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania believes that every child should be a wanted child. Then women and men can achieve the self-determination that makes families and societies strong. It is therefore PPSP's mission to protect and enhance reproductive freedom, to increase access to reproductive health services and information, and to promote sexual health. PPSP is composed of a diverse team of pro-choice women and men who, on a daily basis, provide high-quality sexual health care, offer expert sexuality education, and promote effective advocacy to protect our right to reproductive choice. We offer personal, affordable medical services and education programs, and help to shape public policy at the local, state and federal levels.
Founded
1942
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Helping the hungry, homeless, & hurting
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission is the third oldest Rescue Mission in the country. Founded in 1878, we have grown over time to provide for the ever-changing needs of homeless men, women, and children in the Philadelphia area. Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission meets the physical, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of homeless and disadvantaged people in the Philadelphia area. It is our desire to meet the immediate needs of our clients and to create a therapeutic environment which inspires real life changes that will lead them to restoration and rehabilitation. To this end, we have developed ministries to address the specific needs of clients in their individual circumstances and help them gain perspective and purpose in their lives.
Founded
1932
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Providing high quality instruction and activity in music dance, and the related arts
Settlement Music School (Settlement) was founded in 1908 as the music program of the College Settlement in the Southwark section of Philadelphia. Settlement is dedicated to its mission of providing children and adults with the highest quality individual and group instruction and activity in music, dance and the related arts. Settlement provides a wide range of programs for preschool, school age children, adults and seniors. Settlement Music School is the largest community school of the arts in the United States. With six locations in South, West and Northeast Philadelphia, Germantown, Jenkintown and Camden, New Jersey, the School serves more than 15,000 students each year without regard to age, race or financial circumstances.
Founded
1984
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Inspiring Jewish college students to explore their Judaism and build Jewish community
Hillel of Greater Philadelphia inspires Jewish students to cultivate and maintain their Jewish identity, to bond with other Jewish college students and to share a broad spectrum of religious, cultural and social experiences. Hillel professionals connect with students in a myriad of ways including hundreds of coffee and lunch dates, one-on-one learning opportunities and an extraordinary variety of programming planned with the diverse needs of the region's Jewish student population in mind. HGP serves over 3,000 individual students who actively participate in more than 1,500 Hillel programs on campuses in Philadelphia. These include religious services, social and educational programming, tzedek events, and leadership development opportunities.
Founded
1943
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Offering lifelong learning through the visual arts
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, showcasing more than 2,000 years of exceptional human creativity in masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Founded in 1876, the Museum - in partnership with the city, the region, and art museums around the globe - seeks to preserve, enhance, interpret, and extend the reach of its great collections in particular, and the visual arts in general, to an increasingly diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination, and lifelong learning.
Founded
1949
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A Union of White-Williams Scholars & Philadelphia Futures
Philadelphia Futures: a union of White-Williams Scholars and Philadelphia Futures provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Working with volunteer mentors, donors, and school and college personnel in direct service to students, in partnership with educational institutions, and in advocacy activities in the broader community, Philadelphia Futures increases the percentage of Philadelphia graduates prepared for higher education, while simultaneously reducing the institutional barriers to their academic success. Philadelphia Futures operates on the belief that a college education is the portal to economic self-sufficiency and a satisfying life.
Founded
1934
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Connecting readers and rare books
The Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) is America's first successful lending library and oldest cultural institution. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, LCP is an independent research library concentrating on American society and culture from the 17th through 19th centuries. Free and open to the public, the LCP houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs and works of art. The mission of the LCP is to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials within our care. We serve a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and the nation, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, an online public access catalog, and regular exhibitions and public programs.
Founded
1928
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Inspiring a passion for science and technology learning
In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning. Founded in 1824, today The Institute is a vibrant 21st-century organization that continues to offer new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would both amaze and delight Mister Benjamin Franklin. The Institute has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of internationally recognized exhibitions and programs, lectures and discussions themed to illuminate issues in contemporary science, community outreach initiatives particularly targeted to girls and to urban youth, and its series of innovative partnerships in public education.
Founded
1947
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Serving Philadelphia's and the nation's blind and visually impaired population since 1874
The Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) started as the Pennsylvania Working Home for Blind Men in 1874 and now more than 125 years later, it is the largest nonprofit organization serving the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired in the Delaware Valley, which includes Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware. ASB promotes self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired. ASB accomplishes this by providing support through education, training and resources, as well as through community action and public education, serving as a voice and advocate for the rights of all people who are blind or visually impaired.
Founded
1959
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News when you need it, entertainment when you want it and education when it counts.
WHYY is the Philadelphia region's prime public media service, providing programs and services on TV, radio, the Web, mobile devices and in the community. WHYY offers news and information, arts and culture and children's programming on three 24/7 TV channels. WHYY-TV carries a varied blend of the best national programming along with WHYY's local content. Y Arts focuses on how-to and cultural programming, while Y Info specializes in news and public affairs. WHYY-FM's news and information format, along with WHYY-HD radio arts and culture programs, offer the region a comprehensive radio service. WHYY is also the home of NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Most WHYY video and audio productions are available through WHYY.org. In Fall 2010, WHYY launched NewsWorks.org, a multimedia destination for regional news coupled with hyperlocal coverage of neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia. Citizen engagement is a touchstone of NewsWorks' regional coverage.
Founded
1957
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Live generously
Founded in 1901, the mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is to identify and prioritize the important issues and needs of our local and global community, then organize and mobilize human and financial resources to successfully impact them. Jewish Federation focuses on Jewish education, human services, family, and economic needs, and provides support for Israel and for Jews at risk elsewhere in the world. We see a flourishing global Jewish community which is continually strengthened by inspiring participation in Jewish life and learning; caring for people at risk or in need; and connecting Jews in Greater Philadelphia to each other and to Jews in Israel and around the world.
Founded
1960
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Ensuring the vitality and excitement of opera in Philadelphia
Formed in 1975, the Opera Company of Philadelphia has always been and remains committed to delivering outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire. The Company presents four mainstage productions at the Academy of Music each season, and now also in a contemporary new home at the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater, plus collaborative presentations with other institutions as well as award-winning education and community outreach programs. For over 30 years the Opera Company of Philadelphia has brought audiences outstanding production quality, artistry and educational opportunities. A strong blend of traditional and innovative programming will continue to ensure the vitality and excitement of opera in Philadelphia.
Founded
1955
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A global leadership network based on trust and shared experience
Eisenhower Fellowships engages emerging leaders from around the world to enhance their professional capabilities, broaden their contacts, deepen their perspectives, and unite them in a diverse, global community--a network where dialogue, understanding, and collaboration lead to a more prosperous, just, and peaceful world. Founded in 1953, Eisenhower Fellowships brings two groups of approximately 25 outstanding mid-career Fellows (aged 32-45) drawn from 49 different countries to the U.S. annually for an intensive, individually designed program in the fellows professional field. Fellows are identified by high-level in-country nominating committees and selected by a committee at Eisenhower Fellowships headquarters in Philadelphia.
Founded
1949
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Cops Helping Kids.
We aspire to be the premier youth serving organization in the city, by reducing crime, promoting character development, and improving educational outcomes. We do this by having Philadelphia Police Officers, supported by civilians, offer sports and other educational and cultural programs to youth in centers in some of the city's highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods. PAL Centers are safe havens, offering a variety programs and other events to attract, engage, and, develop more than 15,000 of Philadelphia's youth.
Founded
1991
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Giant
Live united
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey aims to harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of donors, advocates and volunteers, to drive measurable results that improve the lives of people in our region. United Way ensures resources are collectively used in the most powerful way to solve the region's most pressing issues. We are committed to engaging entire communities and providing the tools, services, and expertise that can enable individuals and families to become stronger and more independent.
Founded
1961
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Giant
Deepening the appreciation, understanding and experience of the Philadelphia region's waterways
Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River. Today, the Independence Seaport Museum is an anchor attraction on Penn's Landing, attracting visitors to experience both Philadelphia's heritage and current waterfront. The Museum educates area youth groups through interactive programs in its boat shop, presents changing exhibits in its galleries and hosts visiting ships and events year-round.
Founded
1964
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One of the premier ballet companies in the nation
Since its inception in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has been at the forefront of dance in America and is widely regarded as one of the premier ballet companies in the nation. The School and Company were established by Barbara Weisberger, a Balanchine protégé, through a Ford Foundation initiative to develop regional professional dance companies. Drawing its audiences from throughout the tri-state region, Pennsylvania Ballet presents a season of six productions in Philadelphia, including the holiday spectacular, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, balancing classic ballets with new works that challenge the dancers and attract a diverse audience. The Company also tours throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in other locations in the Northeastern U.S.
Founded
1970
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Tiny
"A nation must think before it acts." - Robert Strausz-Hupé
Founded in 1955, Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is devoted to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the development of policies that advance U.S. national interests. We add perspective to events by fitting them into the larger historical and cultural context of international politics. We conduct research on pressing issues - the war on terrorism, developments in the Middle East, nuclear proliferation in South Asia, relations with China, Russia, and Japan - and long-term questions, such as the roles of religion and ethnicity in international politics, or the nature of Western identity and its implications for the U.S. and the Atlantic Alliance. Through our quarterly journal, Orbis, and the Wachman Center for International and Civic Literacy, we educate the public and in this way, we serve the community and the nation, the policymakers and the educators.
Founded
1954
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Large
Helping young people reach their potential
The mission of Legacy Youth Tennis and Education is to prepare young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, through innovative tennis, education, life skills, and leadership development programming.
Founded
1975
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Interpreting the history and stories of African Americans
Founded in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) collects and preserves art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs, interprets the history and stories of African Americans and those of the African Diaspora. AAMP enriches the lives of all visitors, especially children and youth, using education to empower them through experiences that will enlighten them culturally and intellectually. It is a gathering place for the community, a forum for broader community engagement and a partner for collaborations with historical and cultural institutions.
Founded
1942
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Medium
The positive place for kids
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia provide a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and hope and opportunity for more than 13,000 Philadelphia youth each year. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia has served our city's youth since 1887. Our Germantown, Wissahickon, and Nicetown units are three of the original Clubs that were part of the founding of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America more than 100 years ago.
Founded
1975
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Medium
Advancing the rights and well-being of children in jeopardy
Juvenile Law Center plays a leadership role nationally and in Pennsylvania in shaping and using the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness, prevent harm, secure access to appropriate services, and ensure a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood. Most of the youth on whose behalf we work are between 10 and 21 years of age and are among society's most vulnerable—most likely to be mislabeled, ignored, harmed, or scarred for life by systems that are supposed to help them. We work to protect and advance children's rights in courts, legislatures, and executive agencies. Our strategies include litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, and strategic communications.
Founded
1976
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A powerful voice for women
Women's Way was formed in the mid-1970´s by a group of women running women-focused agencies that were struggling to keep their doors open. The causes they served - wage equity, rape crisis, domestic violence, reproductive freedom - were controversial and hard to fund. They joined together to raise a collective voice and to generate funding for issues impacting women. Women's Way has put over 20 million dollars to work to enhance the lives of women and families and to provide vital support and assistance to the agencies that serve them. Each year, Women's Way allocates critical operating funds to six member agencies, and also provides grants to a dynamic group of agencies through its Community Women's Fund.
Founded
1977
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Small
Stimulating experimentation among leading contemporary artists
The Fabric Workshop and Museum was founded in 1977 with a visionary purpose: to stimulate experimentation among leading contemporary artists and to share the process of creating works of art with the public. Providing studio facilities, equipment, and expert technicians, FWM originally invited artists to experiment with fabric, and later with a wide range of innovative materials and media. From the outset, FWM also served as an education center for Philadelphia's youth who, as printing apprentices, learned technical and vocational skills along with approaches to creative expression.
Founded
1977
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Large
Advancing discovery in taste and smell
Established in 1967, Monell Chemical Senses Center is the world's only independent scientific institute dedicated to interdisciplinary basic research on the senses of taste and smell. Monell is a nexus where outstanding scientists from many disciplines work together to focus on a common objective: understanding the mechanisms and functions of taste and smell and how these senses relate to human health. The Center's integrated research approaches range from basic molecular biology to behavioral neuroscience, from cellular biology to comparative ecology, from analytical chemistry to clinical work with human patients. Monell scientists are at the forefront of discovery, exploring the senses of taste and smell in order to answer pressing questions about health, behavior, and the environment that we could not even foresee a decade ago.
Founded
1978
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Medium
Change the story.
Founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1977, the Support Center for Child Advocates is the country's oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency for children. Their mission is to advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect with the goal of securing a permanent, nurturing environment for every child. Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. They are one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Since its founding, Child Advocates has trained more than 3,500 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $3.5 million annually.
Founded
1979
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Tiny
Promoting the appreciation, protection and revitalization of the Philadelphia region
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia actively promotes the appreciation, protection, and appropriate use and development of the Philadelphia region's historic buildings, communities and landscapes. Our task is not simply to protect the past; it is also to build public appreciation and support for the distinctive historic character of the city of Philadelphia and surrounding communities, and the assets that contribute to that character. The Alliance is also a public advocate for preservation policies and laws. No other organization performs these functions in the city of Philadelphia; no other organization takes as its mission cooperative efforts with preservation organization in all the Pennsylvania counties adjacent to Philadelphia to achieve these same objectives.
Founded
1982
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Tiny
The bottom line is children
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) was founded over 30 years ago to help improve the lives of children by advocating on their behalf and being a catalyst for positive change. We help to identify and educate the public about children's needs and insist that our children become a priority if we as a society, and they as our future, are to survive. Our goals have always been to increase the awareness of children's needs; increase the resources for children and families; strengthen families and communities in helping children learn and grow and assure implementation of funding of public policies which promote stable children and families.
Founded
1980
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Medium
Combating community deterioration through economic development
Hispanic Association of Contractors & Enterprises (HACE) was founded in 1982 to save a crucial neighborhood mall in the heart of Philadelphia's Latino community. HACE's mission is to combat community deterioration through economic development initiatives that address commercial revitalization, employment opportunities, the creation of safe affordable housing, and the provision of support services to meet the needs of the community residents toward re-building the neighborhood's economic base. We focus on the possible and work to restore our primary neighborhood so that residents will benefit from sound investments while improving their quality of life. Since 1990, HACE has developed over 300 units of housing.
Founded
1982
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Tiny
The hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia
Founded in 1981, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) provides legal services for low-income residents and families facing civil legal problems that threaten their basic human needs - shelter, employment, financial stability, education and health. Through its volunteers and staff, VIP serves more than 1,000 individuals and families yearly who could not otherwise afford attorneys and whose cases could or would not be handled by other public interest organizations. VIP handles any civil matter that is non-fee generating and for which there is no right to counsel. Our caseload includes: child support, employment/wage claims, tax issues, disability, landlord/tenant appeals, public housing evictions, probate, tangled title, consumer debt, litigation defense, child custody, adoption/guardianship, special education and school discipline, name change and immigration issues.
Founded
1986
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Large
Driving hunger from our communities
Philabundance is the Delaware Valley's largest hunger relief organization, serving more than 90,000 people each week in nine counties in PA and Southern NJ. Of those served, 30 percent are children, 16 percent are seniors, and adults served include students, the working poor and single parents. In 2016, Philabundance rescued more than 10 million pounds of food and distributed 23 million pounds through its own distribution programs, and a network of 350 agencies. For more information visit philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.
Founded
1987
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Giant
Increasing public understanding of and appreciation for the United States Constitution
The National Constitution Center (NCC) was created by the Constitution Heritage Act in 1988. An independent, nonpartisan organization, NCC is dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance so that we the people may better secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. This is achieved through an interactive, interpretive facility within Independence National Historical Park and a program of national outreach. The NCC is both a museum that attracted one million visitors in its first 15 months of operation and an engine of civic and constitutional education for children and adults.
Founded
1988
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Medium
Helping teachers deliver effective literacy instruction
Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI), founded in 1988, works with teachers to transform instruction so that all children can become powerful readers and writers. Our goal is to close the gap in literacy achievement between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers. CLI offers professional development for pre-kindergarten through third grade teachers across the country. We provide coaching and seminars, lesson plans, a prekindergarten curriculum, and collections of high-quality children's literature. Our programs promote research-based methods for teaching reading and writing. CLI is involved in large projects in the public school systems of Philadelphia, Newark (NJ), Camden, Baltimore, and Boston.
Founded
1989
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Giant
None of us are home until all of us are home
The mission of the Project HOME (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education) community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization. Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of care comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy.
Founded
1989
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At the intersection of heritage, faith and community
Partners for Sacred Places was founded in 1989 by a national task force of religious, historic preservation and philanthropic leaders. Partners for Sacred Places brings together a national network of expert professionals who understand the value of a congregation's architectural assets, its worth as a faith community, and the significance of its service to the community at large. Through their training programs, information clearinghouse, and professional network, they have helped congregations in all 50 states. Partners is the only national advocate for the sound stewardship and active community use of America's older religious properties. Informed by its research, Partners is building a shared sense of responsibility for the future of sacred places.
Founded
1990
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Medium
Delivering nourishment. Improving health.
MANNA is a caring community of neighbors nourishing neighbors, helping individuals who are at acute nutritional risk and battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease, and HIV/AIDS. MANNA prepares and delivers delicious nourishing meals and provides nutrition counseling to clients in the Greater Philadelphia area. MANNA was founded in 1990 by seven members of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia to help comfort men dying of AIDS. Today, MANNA is a vibrant nonsectarian, volunteer-intensive organization that serves men and women who are battling ANY life-threatening illness. Our mission is focused on improving the health and quality of life of those we have the privilege to serve.
Founded
2007
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Tiny
Supporting the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. (RMHC) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) that supports the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses; the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, operated by St. Christopher's Foundation for Children; 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in area hospitals; four scholarship programs for high school seniors; and grants hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to support local non-profit programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
Founded
1994
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Small
The education research experts.
Research for Action (RFA) seeks to use research as the basis for the improvement of educational opportunities and outcomes for traditionally underserved students. Our work is designed to strengthen public schools and postsecondary institutions; provide research-based recommendations to policymakers, practitioners and the public at the local, state and national levels; and enrich the civic and community dialogue about public education.
Founded
1995
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Giant
Gesu works!
Inspired by the Jesuit and IHM traditions of social justice, faith, hope, and love, Gesu School strives, without selective admissions, to provide a quality, innovative education for its neighbor children to empower them to break the cycle of poverty and violence.
Founded
1995
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Giant
A unique tribute to freedom in the heart of historic Philadelphia
The National Liberty Museum, opened to the public in 2000, works to defuse violence and bigotry by celebrating America's heritage of freedom and diversity. Using stunning modern glass artwork and the stories of 2,000 heroes of liberty worldwide, our galleries seek to inspire visitors on an individual level. A resource for more than 2,000 children every month, the Museum's Education Department features interactive diversity and conflict-resolution training. The Museum's collection includes over 150 original paintings, bronzes, and glass sculptures to represent the fragile nature of liberty. The National Liberty Museum is the first institution in the world to correlate freedom with glass for the purpose of protecting our society from violence.
Founded
1995
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Medium
To enhance opportunities and improve the quality of life for children and youth in the Greater Philadelphia region
Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP) was founded in 1995 and serves over 50,000 low income children in the Greater Philadelphia region every year with a focus on health and education programming. EYP takes its services directly to kids at their schools and in their neighborhoods. Our signature mobile programs - the Eagles Eye Mobile and Eagles Book Mobile - leverage the celebrity and excitement of the Eagles football team, enabling us to capture the attention of some of the hardest to reach children. Additionally, EYP produces an extensive annual playground build, which brings spectacular new murals, mosaics, landscaping and even a mini Eagles practice field to area schools. The organization also partners with other local non-profits for a variety of vital youth programs.
Founded
1996
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Medium
Restoring the historic role of the Union League of Philadelphia to the city, state and nation
The Abraham Lincoln Foundation (ALF) is recognized as a leading cultural organization in the Greater Philadelphia region, restoring the historic role of the Union League of Philadelphia to the city, state and nation. The ALF is an established leader within the Civil War community, championing Philadelphia's contributions to the Civil War. The country's foremost Lincoln scholars regard the Foundation as an important source of high-quality lectures, symposia and exhibits. As steward of priceless art, archival, manuscript, library and object collections, the ALF enables thousands of students, teachers, researchers, visitors and members to experience the history and heritage of the Union League first hand.
Founded
1997
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Tiny
Giving women hope and a new start in life
The Career Wardrobe's mission is to empower women in transition by providing programs that inspire the confidence necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and pursue a productive career. We do this by providing professional work attire, educational programs, and networking tools and opportunities. Career Wardrobe is the nation's largest independent, community-based nonprofit organization serving women transitioning into the workforce by providing professional attire. Since 1995, Career Wardrobe has assisted nearly 80,000 women by inspiring the confidence necessary to achieve independence.
Founded
1997
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Medium
Changing Places, Changing Lives.
Established in 1997, University City District (UCD) is a neighborhood-based special services district dedicated to improving the quality of life in the two point four square mile area of West Philadelphia, known as University City. An independent organization, UCD builds effective partnerships to maintain a clean and safe environment and to promote, plan, and advocate for University City's diverse, urban community. The full-time administrative staff manages programs and services that enhance the public space, increase public safety, assist commercial and rental property owners, and promote University City attractions and amenities.
Founded
1998
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Large
Presenting cutting-edge artists from around the world at its year-round headquarters
Founded in 1997, FringeArts commissions, develops, and presents a range of high-quality contemporary arts, to support the artists (local, national & international) who create this work, challenge, stimulate, entertain, and educate the diverse audiences who see that work, provide opportunities for- and investment in Philadelphia- based artists in such a way as to lead to the continued growth and health of the local and regional performing arts community, engage fully in the global dialogue and global community surrounding this kind of work.
Founded
2000
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Tiny
Creating opportunities for LGBTQ youth
The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. From what was once a weekly support group, The Attic has grown into a nationally recognized, multi-service youth organization, and is now one of the largest community centers in the U.S. committed exclusively to serving LGBTQ youth and allies.
Founded
2001
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Medium
Creating experiences that deeply enrich the understanding and enjoyment of film
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)'s mission is to utilize film's unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding. It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the PFS Roxy Theater, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change.
Founded
2001
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Large
Hope, Opportunity, Success
The Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) is a privately-funded program, established in 1998, whose mission is to broaden educational opportunities for K-8th grade students from low-income families in Philadelphia by providing them with tuition assistance. These four-year scholarships are need-based and awarded by random lottery. Currently, approximately 5,300 children have a CSFP scholarship to attend a private, parochial or other tuition-based community school. CSFP has awarded over 20,500 scholarships chosen from 155,000 applications in the last fifteen years.
Founded
1923
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Giant
An educational institution dedicated to appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture
The mission of the Barnes Foundation, which dates back to its founding in 1922, is the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts. In furtherance of its mission, the Barnes Foundation promotes appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes. The Foundation will engage diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders' innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.
Founded
1970
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Tiny
Ensuring that every person has the opportunity for success and a secure and healthy life
In 1991, The Urban Affairs Partnership and the Philadelphia Urban Coalition merged to create the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition (GPUAC). GPUAC unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues. GPUAC carries out this mission through policy development, program implementation, and professional services.
Founded
1974
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Tiny
Creating a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives
The Women's Law Project joined the fight for women's rights in 1974, founded by a group of feminist attorneys devoted to equality and justice. Emboldened by the resurgent feminist movement of the 1970s, we soon won national recognition for our trailblazing Equal Rights Amendment Project, combining extensive litigation under state ERAs with public education. Our mission is to create a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. To this end, we engage in high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education.
Founded
1976
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Giant
The first house that love built
The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at local hospitals. We operate two Houses in Philadelphia serving a total of 59 families each night. The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House also runs the Ronald McDonald Camp in the Poconos for oncology patients and their siblings. In addition we offer two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in the Oncology and Cardiac Centers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to provide a respite space away from the bedside. Founded in 1974 as the very first Ronald McDonald House in the world, we are the model for the over 285 Houses throughout the globe.
Founded
1974
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Giant
Distinctly Jewish. Uniquely American.
Established in 1976, the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to collecting, preserving and interpreting artifacts pertaining to the American Jewish experience. The NMAJH's mission is to present educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Our purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire. NMAJH has a collection of more than 20,000 artifacts which resonate with the history of more than 350 years of American Jewish life; more than 40,000 individuals visit NMAJH each year.
Founded
1995
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Medium
Promoting American interests in the Middle East
Founded in 1990, the Middle East Forum (MEF) is a think tank that seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East. It defines U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, whether terroristic or lawful; working for Palestinian acceptance of Israel; improving the management of U.S. democracy efforts; reducing energy dependence on the Middle East; more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia; and countering the Iranian threat. The Forum also works to improve Middle East studies in North America. MEF sees the region, with its profusion of dictatorships, radical ideologies, existential conflicts, border disagreements, political violence, and weapons of mass destruction as a major source of problems for the United States. Accordingly, it urges active measures to protect Americans and their allies.
Founded
1988
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Upholding the public's freedom of access to knowledge
Chartered in 1891, The Free Library of Philadelphia seeks to provide all segments of Philadelphia's diverse population with a comprehensive collection of recorded knowledge, ideas, artistic expression and information in a variety of media, including current technology; to assure ease of access to these materials; and to provide programs to stimulate the awareness and use of these resources. In addition, The Free Library creates a welcoming and inspiring environment for learning and promotes individual enlightenment, community enrichment and economic vitality throughout the region.
Founded
2000
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Medium
Providing comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction.
The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. Founded in 2000 by MLB, World Series-winning All-Star pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Moyer Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.The Moyer Foundation created and supports three free signature programs: - Camp Erin® for children ages 6-17 grieving the loss of someone close to them - Camp Mariposa® for children ages 9-12 who live in a home with someone struggling with addiction- The Moyer Foundation Resource Center, which provides additional support for children and families The Moyer Foundation brings together a wide network of community partners who host camp programs, raise awareness, and share in the mission of helping children experiencing grief and family addiction. Funds for programs and initiatives are raised through special events, corporate partnerships, government, and individual donations.