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About the Giving Circle

Making a Difference in the Lives of Women and Children in Our Community!

Founded in 2016, The Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia Giving Circle is dedicated to improving the life circumstances of low-income women and children in the Philadelphia region by awarding grants to the non-profits that serve them. 

In May 2019, we  awarded a grant of $25,000 to the Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF) for their "Shelter to Permanent" housing work providing security deposits to single woman families coming out of the Philadelphia Shelter System allowing the families to enter permanent housing.

About Us:
We are a group of members of the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia who pool our financial resources, decide on an area of focus (e.g., homelessness, childhood literacy, immigration), and select a non-profit organization to receive a grant for that year.  The Giving Circle has established a donor-advised fund with the Philadelphia Foundation. All gifts are made directly to the Foundation and are tax-free charitable donations.

Our Goals:
  • Address the issues of poverty and inequality
  • Increase our understanding of these issues
  • Generate greater impact from our giving by pooling our funds
  • Increase the control we have on where our collective dollars are going
  • Build a community of Cosmopolitan Club members interested in philanthropy
  • Strengthen the bonds of our membership as we work together for the common good

  • "The Giving Circle grant helped us open a second elementary school library in Fairhill, North Philadelphia. When children have a choice of exciting books to take home, they want to read, they read more, and their skill increases. We are very grateful."

    Jean Warrington
    Historic Fair Hill, North Philadelphia
    2018 Grant Recipient