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.
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.
The grant recipients are selected by the Trustees of the Foundation.
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.
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.
The Foundation will consider multi-year grants. However, these will be limited by our existing commitments and limited resources.
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.
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.
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.
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