The Nelson Foundation is an independent private foundation that was founded more than 30 years ago through the generosity of the late Admiral W. Linton Nelson and Grace S. Nelson. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported a variety of programs that provide direct services to children and youth in the Philadelphia region. In 2022, the Foundation committed to a new mission that centers racial equity and social justice in its work supporting children and youth. Click to read The Foundation’s statements on mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities.

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Incorporated in 1984, the Foundation began active grantmaking in 1988 following the death of Mrs. Nelson. Since that time, the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $25 million.

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