William Penn Foundation Unveils New Strategic Vision

Over 300 representatives of the cultural community packed Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Nov. 13 to learn more about “Capitalizing Change,” the William Penn Foundation’s new strategic vision and priorities for the next decade. Hosted by the Cultural Alliance and led by foundation president Jeremy Nowak, the convening revealed how William Penn’s recent strategic-planning process will affect its support of cultural organizations.

[Virtual] Making the Case for the Arts (Now More Than Ever)

Making the Case for the Arts (Now More Than Ever)

A compelling case for support – a clear and convincing rationale for why a donor should support you – is a messaging tool that every organization needs in its toolkit. Articulating your value is important in the best of times, but in anxious times, it’s critical. Your donors already believe in your mission. In a crisis, they want to understand how you – and their philanthropic dollars – will make the world a better place.

Recap: An Evening with Next-Gen Philanthropic influencers

On July 17, we welcomed over 100 individuals, including members of the Cultural Cabinet and Emerging Leaders Circle, to “An Evening with Next-Gen Philanthropic influencers,” an event done in partnership with Vanguard Charitable, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Franklin Institute. The event was held at the Skyline Terrace Room of the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Releases Its Latest Research Report: “Beyond the Check: A Roadmap for Engaging Individual Donors”

The new report looks at what motivates donors to give to arts and culture and what organizations should be doing to better engage high-net-worth donors

PHILADELPHIA – April 9, 2018 – The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance unveiled today its most recent research report, “Beyond the Check: A Roadmap for Engaging Individual Donors,” to a sold-out audience of executive directors and board chairs from major regional cultural nonprofits.

Beyond the Check: A Roadmap for Engaging Individual Donors

Beyond the Check is the Cultural Alliance’s first look at giving to arts and culture by high-net-worth individuals in our region. With The Melior Group and AFE Strategies, the Alliance explored the disconnect between the wealth in Greater Philadelphia and the declining support for the cultural sector. The research included a comprehensive literature review, a survey to donors of our member organizations and 13 interviews with high-net-worth philanthropists who do not support the arts.

Arden Theatre Presents CABARET Benefit Performance for Hurricane-Torn Houston Arts Community

Please join us on Wednesday, September 20, at 8:00 p.m. for Arden Theatre’s pay-what-you-wish CABARET Benefit Performance for the Houston arts community.

The Pay-What-You-Can performance is the Arden's final dress rehearsal before CABARET opens to a paying audience. In lieu of buying tickets, attendees will be asked to make a donation and all proceeds will be donated to the Houston Arts Alliance for distribution to Houston arts organizations damaged during Hurricane Harvey.

New Audiences/New Places Letter of Interest Now Available Online

A Letter of Interest is now available on the William Penn Foundation’s website for eligible organizations to apply to the Foundation for funding support in 2018. Letters of Interest are due to the Foundation by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Recap: 2017 Cultural Cabinet Spring Reception

On May 15 we welcomed nearly 90 individuals, including civic and business leaders as well as representatives from Philadelphia's cultural sector, for our fifth annual Cultural Cabinet Spring Reception to celebrate the tremendous work accomplished in and for our region's cultural sector.

Fundraise with FringeA-Thon's 12 Hour Dance Party on May 20

FringeA-Thon will be a huge dance party fundraiser on May 20 you won't want to miss out on!

We ♥ Our Donors!

We appreciate you, our donors. 

You are the unsung heroes, supporting access to inspiration and creativity throughout the region.

Thanks to your generous financial support in 2016, the Cultural Alliance has been a leader and advocate for arts and culture in our community. Here are a few highlights.

In 2016, the Cultural Alliance: