AREAS OF GIVING

Focus Areas

 

Grantmaking is the primary strategy used by Welfare Foundation in its philanthropic work. Depending on the performance of its investments, the Foundation will typically award approximately $4M to $5 million in grants each year and has made grants to nonprofits totaling approximately $130 million in the past 25 years. 

 

The geographic focus area for the Foundation is the state of Delaware and southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Regarding the latter, Welfare has adopted the United Way of Southern Chester County's map, which specifically identifies the included townships and zip codes.

Also, traditionally, the Welfare Foundation has primarily focused on capital grants (but not endowments) in the the following seven nonprofit sub-sectors:

 

  • Social Services

  • Housing

  • Health/Hospitals

  • Environment

  • Education

  • Arts

  • Civic

While we have in the past, and will continue in the future, to provide some operating support on an occasional basis, it will remain the exception and not the norm. If you have a need for operational support and plan to apply for it, we kindly ask that you please schedule a time to meet with us to discuss the specifics of your request prior to submitting your application.

 

For a five-year overview chart of our grant giving by area click here.

For a list of our Spring 2019 grant recipients click here.

For a list of our Fall 2018 grant recipients click here.

For a list of our Spring 2018 grant recipients click here.

For a list of our Fall 2017 grant recipients click here.

For a list of our Spring 2017 grant recipients click here.

 

For a list of our Fall 2016 grant recipients click here.

 

For a list of our Spring 2016 grant recipients click here.

 

Eligibility

 

In addition to being in our geographic focus area, as defined above, the following list details the other criteria for our charitable contributions (all must be met prior to submitting request):

 

  • Organization must be 501(c)(3) status

  • Organization must not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, martial status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law

  • Funds must not benefit:

    • Political candidates, causes, organizations, or campaigns

    • Churches, synagogues, and temples

    • Fundraising activities, such as galas, benefits, dinners, and sporting events

    • Goodwill advertising, souvenir journals, or event programs

    • Individual needs, including scholarships, sponsorships, and other forms of financial aid

    • Pass-thru grants 

    • Travel for individuals or groups

    • Books, magazines or articles in professional journals

    • Any other activities deemed not appropriate for support

For information about application requirements, please visit the Applying for a Grant page.