COVID-19 Response

Message to Grantees – 12/7/2020

Dear Grantee Partner: The Board and staff of The Nelson Foundation hope that you, your staffs, and the communities you serve are doing well. This year has continued to be a trial for so many, but there appears, finally, to be light in the distance. Jenny and I continue to work remotely and are very…

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Foundation Messages

Core Grant Cycle Opens January 2021

The Nelson Foundation will welcome Letters of Inquiry from eligible current grantees and new applicants from January 1-22, 2021.  Please refer to the Core Grant Program section of our website for guidelines and eligibility requirements, and click the “online application” button to access the online form.  The second grant cycle in 2021 will open in…

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Foundation Messages

The Foundation joins Co-funders of Listen4Good

The Nelson Foundation has joined 30+ funders in support of the Listen4Good Initiative at the Fund for Shared Insight. The Foundation is excited to support the implementation of high-quality, client-focused feedback loops that lead to better programs, services, decision-making, and equity! Learn More.

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Grantee Resources

Resources on Systemic Racism

Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia has done an excellent job of leading dialogue around systemic racism among regional funders. In particular, Philanthropy Network presented two meaningful zoom sessions, “The Crisis of White Supremacy in America” and “Philanthropy’s Imperative: How to Discuss White Supremacy with Board, Staff, & NPO Partners.” We recommend taking time to view and…

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COVID-19 Response

A Message to our Grantees – July 29, 2020

Dear Grantee Partners: On behalf of the staff and Board of The Nelson Foundation, I have an important update, as well as two important reminders to share. First, I am excited to announce the launch of a new website for the Foundation, which we hope you will take a moment to explore. While much of…

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Foundation Messages

Personal Message from Director Antonio Williams

Dear Grantee Partner, Many of us celebrated the end of the year filled with hope, excitement, and optimism for the new decade. Unless we had clairvoyant vision, we could not foresee the turmoil our communities, country, and world would have to endure. The past several months, and recent weeks in particular, have been extremely challenging…

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Foundation Messages

A Pledge to our Partners

Dear Grantee Partners, The Nelson Foundation’s Board of Directors and Staff grieve for the many black lives cut short by police violence in this country, the most recent of which was the horrific murder of George Floyd. His murder and the subsequent outpouring of sadness and outrage that erupted around the country, once again highlights centuries…

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COVID-19 Response

A Message to our Grantees – June 15, 2020

Dear Grantee Partners: On behalf of the Directors and staff of The Nelson Foundation, I would like to share with you the next set of actions that the Foundation’s Board recently authorized in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in support of our grantees partners: One-time additional grants of $5,000 will be made to all of…

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A Message to our Partners – May 15, 2020

On behalf of the staff and Board of The Nelson Foundation, I am reaching out to update you on what is going on at the Foundation. Jenny and I continue to work from home and are in regular contact with each other as well as with the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Right now, we are…

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A Message to our Partners – April 22, 2020

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of The Nelson Foundation, I am reaching out to let you know that we continue to think about you and are available to be a resource and support when needed. Jenny and I have been in touch with many of you over the last weeks and…

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A Message to our Partners – April 7, 2020

On behalf of the Directors and staff of The Nelson Foundation, below is an update on what the Foundation has been doing over the last two weeks to support you, our grantee partners: All 2020 second-year installment grant payments are complete and had an expected check receipt date of Friday, April 3, 2020. The Directors…

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A Message to our Partners – March 24, 2020

On behalf of the Directors and staff of The Nelson Foundation, I would like to share with you the immediate actions that the Foundation has taken, and will be taking, in support of the Greater Philadelphia nonprofit community and our grantees partners: Last week, the Foundation became a Lead Contributor to the newly formed PHL…

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A Message to our Partners – March 16, 2020

On behalf of the staff and Board of The Nelson Foundation, I am reaching out to let you know what is going on at the Foundation during this turbulent and uncertain time. For now, Jenny and I are working remotely, but we are in touch daily. So, please rest assured that the work of the…

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Nelson Foundation supports The RISE partnership

The Nelson Foundation has joined the Scattergood Foundation, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and others in The RISE partnership, a program combining resources, expertise and tools to strengthen the effectiveness of nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region. RISE has three parts: readiness,…

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