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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It is estimated that there are now between 250,000 and 500,000* environmental and social justice organizations throughout the world today. While this organizational explosion is an encouraging indication that there is demand for justice, consumer awareness is increasing, and responsible business is profitable, the emerging (r)evolution comes with a great deal of redundancy, confusion, and unnecessary competition.
  SACC-Philadelphia was founded in 1999 as a non-profit member organization serving the Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware region. Our mission is to encourage and promote an exchange of technology, trade and culture between Scandinavia and the Greater Philadelphia regions, while providing members with a spectrum of services and social events.
Team Pennsylvania Foundation is a non-partisan charitable non-profit created in 1997 to bridge the gap between government and the private sector and allow both sides to partner for the betterment of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) is the largest provider of tourism, hospitality, sport and recreation management education in the Philadelphia region and an international model for innovative teaching and research.
The Office of International Affairs leads Temple's international initiatives, promoting globalization as one of Temple's core values. The office brings together various constituencies and units, working to integrate a global perspective throughout Temple's academic and co-curricular programs.
Whether you want to use video and podcasts to document the vibrant, historic city of Philadelphia; harness the power of Twitter to create social change; research the nature of political and persuasive communication; or travel abroad to report from countries around the world, the School of Media and Communication (SMC) has a program that suits you.
ASC brings researchers, students and cultural and business entities together to gain knowledge of contemporary and historical Africa.
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is an independent member-supported library and museum that engages members, scholars and the interested general public to join actively in the cultural and intellectual life of Philadelphia and participate in historical, literary and educational activities.
Their Mission: To be a sustainable musical institution that brings the intimate experience of a world-class chamber orchestra performance to the greater Philadelphia area, enriching the musical life of the City and region by the integrity and excellence of its musicianship, the boldness and vitality of its programming, and by cultivating and building the loyalty of its audiences, musicians and supporters. Founded in 1964.
The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a civic project to increase understanding of one of America’s greatest cities. From abolition and the American Revolution to yellow fever and zoos (with cheesesteaks, rowhouses, and hundreds of other topics in between), the digital Encyclopedia volume and its print volume will offer the most comprehensive, authoritative reference source ever created for the Philadelphia region.
Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country. Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake.
The Gupta Foundation is a non profit corporation funded in 1999 and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, supporting non-profit organizations that address the local communities and educational needs in USA and abroad. This organization benefits international, foreign affairs and national security, focusing specifically on international development, relief services programs. 
Founded in 1983 by Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of the Estee Lauder Companies and the Honorable Ronald S. Lauder, the Lauder Institute now has a 30-year tradition of preparing future business leaders through a joint degree program in international management, integrating an MA in International Studies from Penn's School of Arts and Sciences with a Wharton MBA or a JD from Penn Law.
The Barry and Marie Lipman Family Prize is made possible through a generous gift from Barry and Marie Lipman, and reflects their own strong commitment to socially responsible organizations and action. The Prize is administered by the University of Pennsylvania through the Wharton School and engages faculty, staff, and students from across the University. Barry & Marie Lipman: Barry Lipman, W’70, and his wife Marie have been active in the social sector for more than 25 years.
The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia supports programs and initiatives that improve the quality of lives for Philadelphians and align with one of the Mayor’s five strategic goals.
The Museum of the American Revolution will chronicle the full sweep of the war—the deadly struggle between British and American forces as well as the growth of the idea of independence.
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.