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Our 2020 Grantee is…. Urban Tree Connection!

CONGRATULATIONS to Urban Tree Connection (UTC), recipient of the 2020 TTN Giving Circle Annual Grant of $20,000!  Founded in 1989, UTC works with residents of West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood, one of Philadelphia’s poorest areas, to develop community-driven greening and gardening projects on vacant land. Through its work, it aims to cultivate community leadership, improve community health, and to develop a local, sustainable, and equitable food system. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UTC has engaged Block Captains to distribute the CSA (Community Subsidized Agriculture) shares hands-free to neighbors in the program and has staggered shifts and equipped stations for masks and cleaning products to be used to protect farm workers. In addition, food with a longer shelf life will be grown and free initial CSA shares will be offered to encourage participation. This community-based food system presents a powerful antidote to food insecurity and diet-related illnesses faced by residents.

On May 21, 2020, over 60 TTN Giving Circle contributors attended our first ever virtual Annual Grant Voting Meeting. The group heard from this year’s three nonprofit finalists, Children’s Literacy Initiative, Uplift Center for Grieving Children, and Urban Tree Connection, and voted to select the nonprofit recipient for the 2020 grant.

This year, the Giving Circle received 26 grant proposals, 15 were reviewed by the Grants Committee, 5 were selected to participate in virtual site visits and the 3 finalists were identified. Each finalist presented for about 10 min, followed by a Q&A from Giving Circle contributors. Voting then took place via Zoom and Urban Tree Connection received overwhelming support. 

Thanks to the generous support of the Giving Circle contributors, Children’s Literacy Initiative and Uplift Center for Grieving Children will be recognized with $1,000 grants. This support recognizes the positive difference these organizations are making in our community. 

In addition to the three finalists, in April, The Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) received the Special $10,000 Giving Circle COVID-19 Grant to support its efforts to address homelessness exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, thus making a difference in the lives of Philadelphia women, children and youth.

Interested in our mission but not yet a Giving Circle contributor? To learn how you can become involved in the 2021 grant selection, see Join/Donate below.

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About Us

The TTN Giving Circle is a group of women who pool their giving dollars to make a difference in the lives of the women and children in Philadelphia area.
Each year since 2013 we have made a joint decision to identify the non-profit that will receive our grant.  In the process we have learned about the vast and varied needs of Philadelphia women and children and the remarkable people who are dedicated to meeting those needs.

See the impact we have made!  Read about our past recipients.

Sadly, Dr. Ethel Schwartz Weinberg, one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Giving Circle recently passed away.  Please click here to read a lovely tribute to her.


Become a Voting Member of the Giving Circle with a donation of $200 or more.  Contributions made during 2020 will support our 2021 grant.

Donations in smaller amounts are also welcome.

To make a donation please click here to be taken to the Philadelphia Foundation web site.  Donations may be made in honor or memory of a loved one.  Please Note:  to make a donation of this type by credit card on the Philadelphia Foundation website, you must fill in the Additional Comments/Requests box with the full name and mailing address of the person you would like to be notified of the donation.

If you prefer to mail in your donation, print this form and follow the directions.


Join our Grants Committee - This committee reviews all grant applications, goes on site visits and recommends finalists. The Grants Committee for the 2020 grant cycle is filled.  Thank you for your consideration in this important role.  Please check back for information on the 2021 grant cycle.

Plan or Help with a Giving Circle Event - There are a number of ways you can help:  chair an event, serve on an event committee, speak at an event, help with event registration, help with reminder calls or emails or help with promotional materials.

Spread the Word -   Encourage donations big or small.  Spread the word among your Peer Group and Special Interest Groups.  Bring a friend to an event.  Help us get new members from non-TTN Members.  And encourage them to join TTN!

Help us meet our goal!


Contact Carol Cunningham (, Chair of Giving Circle.