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.
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.
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.
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