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Samuel S. Fels Fund


Last profile update: 08/22/2017
Last grant data update: 03/28/2018

At A Glance

Samuel S. Fels Fund

1528 Walnut St., Ste. 1002

Philadelphia, PA United States 19102-3627

Telephone: (215) 731-9455


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






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"

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.