10 Philadelphia Charities You Need to Know About

The season of giving is upon us. While we want to make sure our charitable donations do the most good, too often we find ourselves donating to large national charities and in the process, missing out on smaller local charities that are doing incredible work right here in Philadelphia. With this in mind, we’d like to highlight ten incredible groups that are doing extraordinary work right here in the Philadelphia area, serving our most vulnerable residents.

Children and Families

Kids and families are some of the most vulnerable of our population, and often struggle the most during the holiday season. These two organizations help to provide necessary care and resources to the women and children who need it in Philadelphia:

Children’s Seashore House at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)*

The Children’s Seashore House was founded in 1872 and is the nation’s fourth oldest pediatric hospital. The Children’s Seashore House is a regional teaching hospital that provides specialized care and rehabilitation to children with developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses. In 1998, Children’s Seashore House joined The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to provide some of the best pediatric care in the nation. AMHFCU sponsors this charity through our Kids-N-Hope Foundation.

PathWays PA*

One of Pennsylvania’s first residential programs to keep low-income, vulnerable women together with their children, PathWays PA has grown to become one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s foremost providers of residential and community-based services for women, children and families. Each year over 4,500 women, children and families benefit from this organization’s full complement of social services; job training and employment assistance; as well as outreach and residential programs as they move along the path to self-sufficiency.

Education and Literacy

Philadelphia is the home of the nation’s first library and some of the best Universities in the U.S. And yet, the city continues to have poor literacy rates compared to other cities. Fortunately, there are organizations working to help bridge these gaps and encourage every child to reach their fullest potential.

Reach out and Read*

philadelphia charitiesReach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

In the exam rooms at CHOP’s Reach Out and Read sites (primary care doctor’s offices), the pediatricians and nurse practitioners encourage parents to read aloud to their children and offer age-appropriate tips and give the young children a brand-new, age-appropriate book at each well visit.


TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations, by focusing on girls at the crucial middle school age. They offer free workshops to get girls interested in different kinds of technology, show them varied career options, and connect them with professionals in technology fields.

Social Justice

Philadelphia deals with enormous income inequality and other socioeconomic disparities. Fortunately, there are many organizations like these that are fighting to change things for the better.

Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER)

A priest, a minister, a rabbi, and an Imam walk into an airport. They work together to help contract workers there protest in their fight for a living wage, risking arrest along the way. The punchline? They succeed and continue to fight for economic dignity, fair funding for education, and better access to food and healthcare in Philadelphia’s most disadvantaged communities.

POWER is dedicated to bringing people together across the lines of race, faith, income level and neighborhood — lines which have historically kept Philadelphians divided. Founded and organized by faith leaders from across the city, POWER is in the public arena so that the needs and priorities of all Philadelphians are reflected in the systems and policies that shape our city.

Bread & Roses Community Fund

For forty years Bread & Roses has inspired people to take collective action and create real change in their communities, the Philadelphia region, and beyond. We raise money through donations of all sizes and make grants using a democratic, community-led decision-making process. Grants go to local groups working for good schools, fewer prisons, better jobs, a safe environment, quality health care, and more.

Food Security

philadelphia charitiesPhiladelphia has much to be proud of. However, one area where we have fallen behind is in food insecurity. Twenty-two percent of Philadelphians are “food insecure,” meaning they at times lack access to enough food for a “healthy, active life.”


Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to help feed those in need and advocating for policies that increase food access. The mission of Philabundance is to drive hunger from our communities today and end it forever. Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is an adult culinary arts job training program for low-income adults who need a second chance at life.

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)

Three meals a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, MANNA defies borders and boundaries to reach out to those at acute nutritional risk due to life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other conditions. Each month they deliver 95,000 meals to those who struggle with serious diseases. They feed, nurture, and support, all completely free of charge.

Animal Welfare

The winter months can be especially hard for our four-legged friends. If you want to help a cat or dog in need this season, here are two great organizations that help care for Philadelphia’s pet population.

Morris Animal Refuge

The Morris Animal Refuge is an open admission shelter dedicated to helping the homeless, abandoned and unwanted pets of the Philadelphia region. Founded in 1874 by Elizabeth Morris, they were the first organization dedicated to sheltering and re-homing pets, and continue that legacy today by providing adoptions, a low-cost spay/neuter program, fostering, humane education and more.

Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is an emergency services, nonprofit organization run by firefighters that works in conjunction with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the Philadelphia Fire Department, the American Red Cross, to provide emergency assistance including search & rescue, emergency transport, shelter, and veterinary care to animals involved in fires and other residential disasters.

Want to help out? Talk to us today. AMHFCU is actively involved with supporting many local charities and organizations serving the Philadelphia area, and around the world. It’s just a small part of our commitment to serving our city as well as our customers.

*AMHFCU is a proud sponsor of this charity.