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 Horticultural Society is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1827 that offers programs, activities, workshops, and publications for gardeners of all levels and interests. Proceeds from the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, as well as donations from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals, support PHS programs and initiatives, including Plant One Million, a multi-state tree-planting campaign, and City Harvest, which grows fresh produce for more than 1,200 families in need each week. PHS motivates people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.
The Philadelphia Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties for 90 years, through funds established by the donors. As a public charity community foundation, they manage more than 800 charitable funds, maximizing the strategic impact of charitable contributions.
Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world. While wholly committed to the exploration of classical music and repertoire, the Orchestra also continues to develop compelling programs that resonate with contemporary audiences. The Philadelphia Orchestra is focused on the future while inspired by a rich tradition of achievement and seeks to not simply sustain the highest level of artistic quality, but to challenge—and exceed—that level by creating a powerful musical experience for audiences around the world.
Founded in 1892, The Wistar Institute is the nation’s first independent institution devoted to biomedical research and training. Wistar is an international leader in early-stage discovery science in the areas of cancer, immunology, and infectious disease. Its transformative research innovations led to the development of vaccines for rabies, rubella, and rotavirus, and the identification of genes associated with breast, lung, and prostate cancer.
Jefferson University Hospitals and Thomas Jefferson University are partners in providing excellent clinical and compassionate care for their patients in the Philadelphia region, educating the health professionals of tomorrow in a variety of disciplines and discovering new knowledge that will define the future of clinical care.
The UNA-GP rallies support for the principles and vital work of the United Nations by educating, inspiring and mobilizing Philadelphia residents and political leaders. We seek to establish a citizenry that is cosmopolitan in thinking, universal in action and will celebrate the local diversity of tongues, fashions, cultural expressions and inter-ethnic explorations.
Founded in 1963, the University City Science Center is the oldest and largest urban research park in the United States. We support technology commercialization and technology-based economic development on our campus and in the Greater Philadelphia region. Our 31 nonprofit shareholders include many of the distinguished colleges, universities, hospitals, and research institutions located throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
At the University of Pennsylvania, you'll find a historic, Ivy League school with highly selective admissions and a history of innovation in interdisciplinary education and scholarship. You'll also find a picturesque campus amidst a dynamic city and a world-class research institution.
USA250’s vision is to convene citizens and leaders from all 50 states to renew the American project through a celebration and exposition of democracy, education, innovation, the arts, sports, and sustainable development in the modern era. The 250th will be anchored in Philadelphia, with partnerships extended nationwide.
 The Alliance works to advocate for Valley Forge National Historical Park, to enhance the visitor experience and to promote public appreciation of the Park’s historic, environmental and recreational resources.
Villanova University is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others.
The Center for Global Leadership (CGL) is dedicated to promoting cross-cultural awareness, ethical international business relationships, and responsible global leadership. We pursue these objectives through educational programs, research, and service and outreach activities.
Villanova University School of Law is the law school of Villanova University, the oldest and largest Catholic University in Pennsylvania. Villanova was founded 150 years ago by the Augustinians, a prominent Roman Catholic teaching order. The University is located 25 minutes from Center City Philadelphia in the Main Line suburb of Villanova.
About Visit Philadelphia™ New name, same mission for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), the region’s official destination marketing organization, announced in November 2013 its new name: Visit Philadelphia™. The change will be implemented in company communications over a period of several months, with a new logo to be unveiled and begin appearing in advertisements in January 2014.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science began in 1855 as one of the earliest free adult science education programs in the United States. From the beginning it has combined public access to natural history and science materials with lively educational programs taught by acknowledged scholars. That agenda has altered little over time except to incorporate new fields of science and new theories of older disciplines. Today, the Institute offers a wide range of educational opportunities for people of all ages.
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians connects immigrants from around the world with the economic opportunities that they need to succeed in our region. Since opening our doors in 2003, we have assisted more than 7,000 people from over 110 countries.
Established in 2009, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative is the hub for social impact activities, information, and resources at Wharton. We support faculty, students, and alumni in the drive to use business knowledge and practices to enhance the greater good of the local community, the nation, and the world.
WHYY is an award-winning producer of local and national public television and radio programming and is the primary outlet for such staples as The Newshour With Jim Lehrer, Sesame Street, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb.
Quaker principles and practice continue to guide William Penn Charter School, a Friends school founded in 1689. Within a school community that honors difference, they seek that of God in each person.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to informing and engaging people of all ages on matters of national and international significance.