Organizations

The Philadelphia region is home to hundreds of non-profit organizations, civic and professional associations, and public agencies dedicated to connecting the region to the rest of the world and enhancing its international reputation.  

Whether it's an international development agency working on behalf of women's rights in Afghanistan or teaching sustainable agricultural techniques in Africa, an association of citizens organized in support of the goals of the United Nations, a chapter of the International Visitors Council dedicated to citizen diplomacy, or a chamber of commerce focused on promoting business ties with South America, you can find it here.  

 

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 (GPA member organizations appear at the beginning of the list, followed by non-member organizations in alphabetical order.)

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The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the humanities. We are an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and part of a network of 56 State Humanities Councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions. Our operations are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Federal/State Partnership Office, with additional program funding from generous individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
The Painted Bride Art Center collaborates with emerging and established artists to create, produce and present innovative work that affirms the intrinsic value of all cultures and celebrates the transformative power of the arts. Through performances and exhibitions, education and outreach, the Bride creates a forum for engagement centered on contemporary social issues.
Pan American Academy is a K through 8 charter school founded by Congreso in September 2008. Governed by a committed Board of Trustees, Pan American Academy provides high-quality education to over 700 students in eastern North Philadelphia.
The Pan-American Association of Philadelphia is a member-based organization of educators, political scientists, diplomats, business and community leaders, and students who share an interest in the people and countries of the Americas and Caribbean. The Association promotes cultural, educational, and social activities designed to increase understanding and cooperation among the peoples of the Americas.
Penn Global provides strategic direction for Penn’s global endeavors with a focus on efficient investment of university resources for global activities. Penn Global collaborates with Schools and Center across the University and seeks to catalyze cross-school collaborations to integrate knowledge that addresses key issues. We partner with leaders from Penn and around the world to develop innovative interdisciplinary global strategies, initiatives and programs.
Since 1989, Penn Language Center (PLC) strengthens Penn’s language education and consistently supports the development of language professionals. In particular, PLC focuses on current trends in online instruction and teaching from within the National Standards.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, through its research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, advances understanding of the world's cultural heritage. Founded in 1887, Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions around the world. Three gallery floors feature materials from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan and Israel, Mesoamerica, Asia and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas and Africa. With an active exhibition schedule, a membership program, and educational programming for children and adults, Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
Located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Great Valley provides graduate degrees and professional advancement courses in Education, Engineering, Information ...
Penn State is one of the largest research universities in the world, and students of international affairs may choose classes from all parts of the Penn State curriculum, including the University's prestigious colleges of Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Agricultural Sciences , Business, and Education.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a museum and art school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1805 and is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States.
Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a large public university system in the United States. It is the tenth-largest university system in the United States and 43rd largest in the world. The system comprises 14 state-owned schools, all of which are NCAA Division II members in most sports by virtue of being members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Several schools also participate in NCAA Division I sports including wrestling and field hockey.
Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers is a volunteer run nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to educate and expose the Philadelphia region to films by and about Asian Americans primarily through an annual film festival as well as year round events.
The Philadelphia Bar Association, founded in 1802, is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. It is a keystone in the ongoing developments of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania legal systems. Attorneys, judges, and politicians alike look to the Philadelphia Bar Association for guidance on controversial legal issues; and for an organized meeting ground for professional support and information sharing. The Bar Association is home to more than 100 sections and committees through which members organize to stay abreast of developments in substantive areas of law and meet the specific needs of the Association.
PCMS’ mission is to serve the Greater Philadelphia region and the field of music by presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music and recital programs performed by exceptional international and Philadelphia-based artists at affordable prices, while promoting new music and music education, collaborating with regional cultural and educational institutions, and providing high quality customer service to their audiences.
PCMS presents an annual season of 60 concerts by world-renowned artists—all for just $24 per ticket or less—and 50 education programs to train and inspire young people. We serve audiences also through high quality service, community partnerships and a welcoming concert environment.
The PHLCVB is the official Tourism Promotion Agency for the City of Philadelphia and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The PHLCVB competes with its counterparts worldwide for convention and tourism business. The organization has departments dedicated to the multicultural, sports, and life sciences markets.
  The Philadelphia Department of Commerce is the umbrella organization for all economic development activity in the city. Coordinating the work of related agencies, the Department leads efforts to develop business-friendly strategies to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive.
PIM links patients, leading physicians, and healthcare professionals from around the world to a comprehensive network of medical treatment, medical education and healthcare management services. PIM's mission is to: assist international patients seeking high quality, cost-effective medical care; create partnerships with leading international hospitals in areas of training, research and staff development; and seek opportunities to improve healthcare abroad through consulting and hospital management.
In the late 1800s women weren't allowed yet to vote in elections, and thus it would seem that they wouldn't be able to wield the political power needed to bring about change.