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What We Support

The Foundation supports nonprofits with strong leadership, sound ideas, and attainable and well defined goals and prefers to support endeavors which receive funding from several sources, thereby demonstrating broad interest and future viability. It directs its philanthropy toward 501(c)(3) organizations and institutions serving Philadelphia and the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and the City of Camden.

Areas of Interest

  • Education
  • Health and Human Services
  • Civic and Culture


Types of Support

  • General operating support
  • Program/Project
  • Technology
  • Equipment
  • Capital (renovation and new)


As a general practice the Connelly Foundation does not fund:

  • Advocacy
  • Annual appeals
  • Charter schools and public schools
  • Conferences/events/ performances
  • Endowments
  • Environmental programs
  • Feasibility or planning studies
  • General solicitations
  • Historic preservation projects
  • National organizations or re-granting organizations
  • Organizations focused on a single disease
  • Research

Criteria used to evaluate proposals include:


  • The degree to which the proposal directly addresses and furthers the Connelly Foundation’s objectives and goals
  • The significance of the problem or need addressed by the proposed program
  • The overall quality of the proposal and whether the organization has made a convincing case that funding to the organization will facilitate more effective and efficient service delivery to constituents
  • The history and stability of the organization with regard to board, management, and financial support
  • The organization’s track record, prior accomplishments and unique role in providing service to its specific constituencies
  • The reasonableness of the prepared budget