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Samuel S. Fels Fund

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Purpose and Activities

Grants for projects and organizations that help to prevent, lessen, or resolve contemporary social problems, or that seek to provide permanent improvements in the provision of services for the improvement of daily life; to increase the stability of arts organizations and enrich the cultural life of the city of Philadelphia, PA.


Incorporated in 1935 in PA - The fund's work began at the organization meeting on January 27, 1936. The fund's founder was Samuel S. Fels, Philadelphia philanthropist and civic leader, who was president of Fels & Co., soap manufacturers. He was born in Yanceyville, NC, in 1860, and died in Philadelphia, PA, on June 23, 1950. The general purpose of the fund as stated in the charter is "to initiate and/or to assist any activities or projects of a scientific, educational or charitable nature which tend to improve human daily life and to bring to the average person greater health, happiness, and a fuller understanding of the meaning and purposes of life"


Samuel S. Fels Fund

Independent foundation




1528 Walnut St., Ste. 1002 Philadelphia, PA United States 19102-3627

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