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Area nonprofits receive funding to support safe reopening of communities

PHILADELPHIA – The PHL COVID-19 Fund announced it will grant over $400,000 in its 8th round of funding to aid area nonprofits working to support the safe reopening of communities.

The Fund, launched on March 19 and led by the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), was established to rapidly deploy aid to nonprofits serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus. In total, the Fund has awarded over 575 grants totaling $17.9 million.

As the region moves towards restoring community life, this round of grants focuses on safety net organizations providing the infrastructure to enable individuals and families to safely return to work, learning activities and play. Among the organizations receiving grants are the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and the Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust.

The Camden Coalition works to advance healthcare by implementing person-centered programs that improve care for people with complex health and social needs. Grant dollars from the PHL COVID-19 Fund will be used to support the organization’s pivot to blended engagement — a mix of in-person and telephone support — for patients vulnerable to COVID-19. This move requires additional investment in devices, PPE and support for patient costs.

“The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, like nonprofits throughout our region, is safely providing our existing programming while adapting to emerging needs related to COVID-19,” said Kathleen Noonan, CEO. “With support from funders like the PHL COVID-19 Fund that have been responsive and swift in their giving, we have been able to focus on the vital work of supporting our community, which has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Located in North Philadelphia, the Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust provides programming that facilitates economic and community development opportunities. The Trust also operates a 67,000 square-foot building, The Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center, that provides deeply discounted working space for nonprofits delivering critical social and human services to residents of North Philadelphia and the surrounding communities.

“The Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust is grateful for the grant from the PHL COVID-19 Fund,” said Mable Welborn, Board Chair, Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust, owners of the Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center. “These resources will enable us to maintain an acceptable standard of safety for our tenants and their clients who benefit from the health and human services at the Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center.”

“The pandemic continues to bring unique challenges and unpredictability to nonprofit organizations,” said Pedro A. Ramos, President & CEO, Philadelphia Foundation. “It is imperative that nonprofits be able to deliver on the services that sustain our communities and keep them moving forward.”

“Safely reopening and prioritizing people’s needs are top of mind as we continue to respond, recover and rebuild,” said Bill Golderer, President & CEO of UWGPSNJ. “As we focus on rebuilding efforts, it will take all of us working together to ensure that funding, resources and long-term planning remains a top priority to help our neighbors come back stronger and our communities more resilient.”

The PHL COVID-19 Fund has prioritized supporting people who are hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis, such as seniors, people experiencing homelessness, those with disabilities, low-income residents without health insurance, people with substance abuse disorder and survivors of abuse.

The complete list of grantees for the eighth round of funding can be found below and is available at

PHL COVID-19 FUND GRANTEES: September 25, 2020
The 23 organizations that received funding in this round are:

African Cultural Alliance of North America $25,000
Agape African Senior Center $4,000
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia Foundation $13,000
Asociación Puertorriqueños En Marcha $25,000
Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers $25,000
Caring for Friends & Muslims Serve $10,000
Chester County OIC $25,000
Family Service of Chester County $5,000
ICNA Relief SHAMS Clinic $5,000
Indochinese American Council $25,000
Korean Senior Citizens Association of Greater Philadelphia $4,000
Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust $25,000
Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County $20,000
Maternity Care Coalition $25,000
Montgomery County Community College Foundation $20,000
Montgomery County OIC $10,000
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network $25,000
Philadelphia Youth Network $25,000
SEAMAAC $25,000
Sisters Returning Home $19,000
The Work Group $25,000
Urban Youth Kings and Queens $4,000
Veterans Multi-Service Center $25,000


About Philadelphia Foundation
Founded in 1918, Philadelphia Foundation strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. Philadelphia Foundation grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation manages more than 1,000 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit

About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, United Way fights for youth success and family stability because we LIVE UNITED against intergenerational poverty. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit



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