Foundation To Let Community Decide On Funding

The Philadelphia Foundation announced a public voting period for finalists in its $1 million “Key to Community Grants” initiative, which begins next week. From July 8 through July 26, the general public will have the chance to vote and ultimately select nine winners from a list of published nonprofit finalists in the categories of Economic Prosperity, the Opportunity Divide, and Community and Civic Engagement.

The Key to Community Grant program aims to accelerate the impact of nine solutions that are working and can be scaled and sustained to meet a significant community need or opportunity. To vote, visit philafound.org/vote. Voting is limited to one ballot cast from any given IP or email address per day in each of the three categories.

“We’re thrilled that the public voting period for these incredible nonprofits is almost here,” said Pedro Ramos, president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Foundation. “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the entire Greater Philadelphia region to vote for inspiring initiatives that are based around building stronger communities. It’s also a chance for the public at large to learn more about the nonprofits that are moving our communities forward with innovative solutions. We encourage everyone to vote and tell their networks to vote and share their voices.”

The nine grants totaling $1 million will be awarded across the three categories: three first-place $200,000 grants, three second-place $100,000 grants and three third-place $33,000 grants. Leaders from the nine winning organizations will also be invited to participate in the Philadelphia Foundation’s Leadership Institute in the fall and will be included in opportunities for targeted leadership development scholarships and expanded professional network building, which will be supported by additional funds.

Nonprofits serving Philadelphia, Bucks, Burlington, Camden, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties for at least three years were eligible to apply.