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The TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle has been working this summer on new and exciting approaches to address the most pressing issues affecting Philadelphians. From food access and equity, to evolving the Giving Circle to better incorporate the evolving needs of the city’s diverse populations, we’re focusing our collective philanthropy on improving the lives of women, children and youth in Philadelphia.

Here are the programs currently on our agenda. Please register now for all programs open for registration, including “Food Access to Food Equity”, and save the dates for the other scheduled programs. 

Food Access to Food Equity – A Systemic Look at Hunger in Philadelphia Communities

Register NOW! for a Giving Circle-Sponsored Online Panel Discussion. 

Did you know that 18 million American children may be facing hunger during the current pandemic? Learn what local organizations are doing to help! One of the panelists is none other than our 2020 grantee, Urban Tree Connection—check out this video update from Noelle Warford, Executive Director

Date: Wednesday 9/23/20  Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Location: Online via ZOOM (link to be sent to registrants)
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Members: $5, Guest: $10

This event is open to members and non-members of TTN and the Giving Circle

Jamila Medley, Executive Director, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance

Noelle Warford, Executive Director, Urban Tree Connection (UTC)
UTC, our 2020 grantee, works with residents of West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood to develop community-driven greening and gardening projects on vacant land. 

Melanie Cataldi, Chief Impact Officer, Philabundance
Philabundance is Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in nine counties in PA and NJ.

Sue Daugherty, Executive Director, MANNA
MANNA uses nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal. By providing medically tailored meals and nutrition education, MANNA empowers people to improve their health and quality of life.

Adriana Abizadeh, Executive Director, Kensington Corridor Trust
The Kensington Corridor Trust supports sustainable and equitable community development through thoughtful real estate acquisition, community engagement, broad local ownership, small business lending and technical assistance.


Save the Dates!

The TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle grant cycle kicks off in October! Events are open to all TTN members and non-member guests. 

  • October 20 (Tuesday) Register Now

    • Giving Circle Kick-Off where you can learn about how to join and contribute to our efforts as well as hear about the progress of our past grant recipients and help generate ideas on how we can incorporate more diversity into our pool of potential grant recipients

  • December 4 (Friday) Registration info to be posted later

    • Featuring journalist Trudy Rubin, Foreign Affairs Columnist, member of the Editorial Board, The Philadelphia Inquirer 


Can we count on your support this year to use our power of collective giving to effect change for women and children in Philadelphia? The Giving Circle welcomes donations in any amount.  To become a Voting Member, please make a donation of $200 or more. Please click here to make a gift today.



Our 2020 Grantee is:

CONGRATULATIONS to Urban Tree Connection (UTC), recipient of the 2020 TTN Giving Circle Annual Grant of $20,000! This community-based food system presents a powerful antidote to food insecurity and diet-related illnesses faced by residents.  Click here to learn more.


About Us

The TTN Giving Circle is a group of individuals who pool their giving dollars to make a difference in the lives of the women, children and youth in Philadelphia.
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, children, and youth 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.