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 link for a tutorial which will show you how to use the portal. Tutorial Link

How do I find the forms I need to provide following receipt of a grant?

All forms are in the portal of the contact who requested the grant. While other contacts have access to historical documents, only one person will be assigned to accept the grant terms, verify receipt of the check, and the provide the follow up on how funds were spent.

What if the person who submitted the grant leaves before one of the follow ups is due?

We recognize that staff will turn over. For our system, it is very important that we be notified of the appropriate person to finish the grant process. Please contact us through the contact form on our website or at

What if the person filling in the grant request or a follow up needs help from a different department or outside source?

There is a collaborate button when you are in the application on the top right of your portal to add someone into your process.

How can we see our application history or the application we submitted that requires a follow up?

The top of your screen has an organizational history tab. You can see your past requests, contacts, address and any documents we have made viewable to you.