Frequently Asked Questions

What does The Gordon Charter Foundation do?

The Gordon Charter Foundation makes cash grants to charities that provide education, healthcare, medical research and other human services that fulfill other needs for people primarily in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Charities must pass an eligibility quiz to be able to apply. The Trustees of The Foundation determine which grants will be approved.

Who is not eligible for grants from The Gordon Charter Foundation?

The Foundation does not generally give grants to individuals, political, fraternal and/or civic organizations, or other private foundations. Additionally, we do not participate in annual appeals, annual event sponsorship requests or other letters of solicitation. Please see Priorities for Grantmaking on this website for a complete list of exclusions.

Who selects the grant recipients?

The grant recipients are selected by the Trustees of the Foundation.

Does the Foundation support capital campaigns, equipment purchases, endowment or operating funds?

The Foundation will consider requests for capital expenses, equipment purchases, endowment or operating costs. Please see the the answer to the Who is Not Eligible question above.

Are there any program areas The Foundation will not support?

The focus of the Foundation is to help people and applications for Arts and Culture, Education, Healthcare, Environment, and Human services will all be considered. We generally will not consider grant applications for customary environmental initiatives. See our Environment link.

Does The Gordon Charter Foundation make multi-year grants?

The Foundation will consider multi-year grants. However, these will be limited by our existing commitments and limited resources.

Will we need to arrange a site visit prior to being considered for a grant?

There will be times when we will request a site visit. The Trustees conduct their own site visits. This will usually occur during the time period when the application is going through its initial review process. However, some applications will go to the Trustees and be held open pending a site visit and requests for further information.

Does the Foundation want recognition for its grants?

The Gordon Charter Foundation does not seek or want publicity for the grants we make. The Foundation reserves and requests the right to review and approve all written or spoken public announcements which use The Gordon Charter Foundation’s name. Please contact our Executive Director with your announcements so that we may approve them.

What if our Development Director or ED leaves?

Please contact us if your staff changes. We assign follow ups to the contact on your application record. To make sure that you are properly notified of follow ups that are required to receive your grant and to be eligible for another one, we need to make sure we have the proper contact information.

What if I need help with the process?

Please click on the attached tutorial (insert link) for a tutorial which will show you how to use the portal.