To improve quality of life in the Philadelphia region through efforts that strengthen children's future, foster rich cultural expression, and deepen connections to nature and community. In partnership with others, the foundation works to advance a vital, just, and caring community.
Purpose of Site:
The recently redesigned William Penn Foundation Web site provides convenient access to information on the foundation's grants and programs. It also communicates the organization's funding priorities, offers guidance to grantseekers, and shares lessons learned from its grantmaking. The new site was developed by Interactive Applications Group (iapps), an Internet consulting group that serves the nonprofit community.
Otto Haas, a chemical company executive, and his wife Phoebe, an astronomer, established their family foundation, the Phoebe Waterman Foundation, in 1945 to provide support to relief activities in Europe after World War II, scholarships for fatherless children, and funding for medical and educational institutions. After Otto's death in 1960 and Phoebe's in 1967, their sons took over the management of the foundation and renamed it the William Penn Foundation in 1974 to reflect the organization's strong ties to Philadelphia. Currently, the foundation has an endowment of about $1 billion, and it awarded $59.1 million in grants in 2001.
In addition to a picture of the Philadelphia skyline, the home page features a toolbar with links to the main areas of the site: About Us, Grant Center, Sharing Our Learning, Newsroom, Contact Us, Join Our E-mail List, and Site Map. Other items on the home page include a keyword search box and links to what's new at the foundation.
The site's Grant Center integrates the foundation's grants management database, MicroEdge GIFTS, to streamline the publishing of its grants data. The Center features an extensive database of grants that is searchable by keyword, program area, geographic area served, organization type, support type, and approval date, and it also includes sections for each of the foundation's program areas — Arts & Culture; Children, Youth & Families; and Environment & Communities. Other pages within the Center describe the foundation's geographic focus, its approach to grantmaking, how to apply for funding, and Grants FAQ.
Another new addition to the Web site, the Sharing Our Learning section helps the foundation clarify what it has learned and share its knowledge with others. The site includes summaries of evaluations, discussions of studies in progress, and general lessons that the foundation has collected from its grantmaking experience.