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The TTN Giving Circle is pleased to announce that our 2021 Grant cycle has opened.  If you are part of or know a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization doing work consistent with our mission to improve the lives of women, children or youth in Philadelphia, we encourage you to apply HERE  Two grants of $25,000 will be awarded in 2021 for General Operating Support. The application deadline is 02/26/2021. If you have any questions please email


june 9th 3pm EST- mark your calendar for this fundraising event!



You won’t want to miss what promises to be an inspiring conversation with the charismatic Sister Mary Scullion - one of today’s leading social activists and an advocate to help low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Registration details will follow shortly and is open to everyone.

Meet Sister Mary Scullion.


We should be proud of all we have accomplished in 2020! Through our collective efforts, we have harnessed the power of collective giving to further our mission of improving the lives of women, children and families in Philadelphia. Here is a sampling of what we’ve accomplished in 2020 as we look forward to you joining us in our efforts this year!
  • In May, to address the difficulties left in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a special COVID-19 donation of $10,000 was made to Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network that provides shelter, continuing support, and material relief for approximately 500 homeless Philadelphia county families (primarily single mothers and their children) each year. 

  • In June, the 2020 Giving Circle Grant of $20,000 was awarded to Urban Tree Connection to help address food insecurity and diet-related illnesses faced by residents of Philadelphia’s Haddington neighborhood. Thanks to our members’ generosity, special recognition grants of $1000 each were also given to the two finalists, The Children’s Literacy Initiative and The Uplift Center for Grieving Children

  • In August we hosted a White Fragility webinar, facilitated by Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus who helped us to begin to look at some of the issues arising from racism and the impact on our communities. Highlights were: Implicit Bias, How to be an Ally and Systemic Racism.

  • In September, we held an educational panel titled Food Access to Food Equity, examining the causes of hunger in Philadelphia communities.

  • On December 4th, we held our Annual Fundraiser featuring special guest Trudy Rubin, award-winning Foreign Affairs columnist and member of the Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Inquirer (and new TTN member!), in a timely discussion of "The State of our Democracy-Aftermath of the Presidential Election.” Trudy was extremely informative and gave her wide-ranging and knowledgeable (as well as personal) take on our post-election country. A big thank you to the 121 of you who registered for the event!


Want to Do Good and Make Someone Else Feel Good?

Send a Tribute Card, created to support the Philadelphia Chapter TTN Giving Circle. It’s a personal and heartfelt way to say Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Happy Holidays, Thank You, Congratulations or Sorry for Your Loss. 

All funds raised will help the Giving Circle’s mission to improve the lives of women and children in Philadelphia. 

The cost is $25 for a packet of five. To purchase, contact Lori Krain


About Us

Please join us. The TTN Giving Circle Is the philanthropic arm of TTN Philadelphia. We are a dedicated group of individuals who pool our giving dollars to support our mission to improve the lives of women, children and youth in Philadelphia. Passionate about making a difference, Giving Circle members not only pool giving dollars, but also conduct educational programs and other initiatives to raise awareness of the significant needs in the city. We also use our annual grant review process to learn and raise awareness of the areas in most need of assistance. Members understand that this method of collective philanthropy increases the impact of each dollar given. This is the POWER OF COLLECTIVE GIVING.

Since its founding in 2013, the TTN Giving Circle has provided more than $135,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia. Based on the generosity of our members, we plan to award an additional $50,000 in 2021, through two grants of $25,000 each. 

To learn about the nonprofit organizations we have supported, read about our past recipients.

The TTN Giving Circle is also working to increase the scope and diversity of our grant applicants. We believe that organizations that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) create environments that respect and value individual differences. Inclusive organizations foster cultures that reduce bias and make decisions better able to address systemic inequities. We are committed to equity, diversity, collaboration, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability.

The TTN Giving Circle is overseen by an Executive Council. The Executive Council defines the Giving Circle’s vision, strategic direction and oversees its general management and operations.  Meet the Executive Council here.  The Executive Council includes five Committees, described below under “Volunteer”, that you may find of interest if you have the time and would like to volunteer your time.


We welcome everyone to join us in our mission to improve the lives of women, children and youth in Philadelphia.  The Giving Circle appreciates donations of any amount. This is the Power of Collective Giving. Together, we all make a difference.  If you are not a Giving Circle member, please consider joining today.

By making a donation of $200 or more, you become a Giving Circle Voting Member, which gives you the opportunity to vote to choose our final grant recipient(s) at our Annual Meeting in May, as well as participate in other membership events. 

To our current members, if you have not yet done so, please renew your membership now, and invite your friends to join you. 

All contributions made in 2021 will support our 2022 grants cycle. 


TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle uses The Philadelphia Foundation, a community foundation, to administer its donor program. The Philadelphia Foundation has been at the forefront of receiving funds to support the residents of Philadelphia during this pandemic.  

To make your gift by check, please complete this Donation Form and make your check payable to The Philadelphia Foundation. Send it to: TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Unit 15C51, Philadelphia, PA 19130. The check and donation form will be then forwarded to the Philadelphia Foundation. 

Because The Philadelphia Foundation, which is at the forefront of supporting nonprofits during COVID, is currently experiencing delays in processing the gifts, you can help us learn of your gift more quickly the following way:

To make your gift by credit card, join us now with ONE EASY CLICK!

When you make your gift by credit card, you will receive an acknowledgment from The Philadelphia Foundation in a few minutes. Please forward the acknowledgement email to us at:


The power of our Giving Circle is the generosity of our membership, including those who share their time and talent to ensure our impact in Philadelphia. Regardless of how much time you have to share, one of our committees will be happy to accept your helping hand. Please join us. 

TTN Giving Circle Committees:

Grants Committee – reviews the grant applications, plans and conducts site visits for potential finalists and recommends the final applicants for vote among the Giving Circle membership. The Grants Committee meets between JAN – MAY, and requires a commitment to a number of meetings needed to fulfil the review cycle. The 2021 Grants Committee is filled. To support the 2022 grant cycle, please contact the Giving Circle at the email below.

Development Committee – dedicated to increase the number of new members and donors, retain its existing contributors, and encourage higher levels of giving. It works most closely with the Membership Engagement Committee to welcome new members and create a rewarding experience for its full membership.

Membership Engagement Committee – recognizes the value of our members, building relationships with our growing membership and donor base, and working most closely with the Development Committee.

Program Committee – organizes and conducts compelling educational programing to further the TTN Giving Circle’s mission to our community through our understanding of the challenges facing women, children and youth in Philadelphia. 

Public Relations Committee – designs and implements communications that build awareness of the Giving Circle’s activities and achievements, drives attendance and engagement, and educates the broader TTN community on the needs of Philadelphia’s women, children and youth.

Help us harness the Power of Collective Giving! 

To learn more, contact and one of our committee leads will get back to you.


Contact Carol Cunningham, Giving Circle Chair, at

Material from, 23:24:08 February 24, 2021.
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