Samuel S. Fels Fund

“Our job, the job of mankind, is to so organize our world that we can live together without fears and without hatred of each other.”

— Samuel S. Fels

what we do

The Samuel S. Fels Fund is a private independent foundation with a commitment to improving conditions and opportunities for communities that are marginalized within the City of Philadelphia.

We provide grants to support services, advocacy and activities that move us towards a more socially, racially and economically just society.

what we fund


where we started

The Samuel S. Fels Fund was incorporated as a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation on December 17, 1935. Our founder was Samuel S. Fels, Philadelphia philanthropist and civic leader who was president of Fels & Company, manufacturer of Fels Naptha, a vastly popular household soap. Samuel Fels was born in Yanceyville, North Carolina in 1860 and died in Philadelphia on June 23, 1950.

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 We will not accept new applications or reopen grant cycles in 2023. — Read more about our transition year and grant strategy announcement event here.

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