We envision a strong, vibrant
and sustainable future for the Greater Philadelphia region, in which
philanthropy is renowned and valued for catalytic, constructive and
collaborative actions that provide opportunities for the greater good and help
solve longstanding social problems.
To inform and inspire
philanthropy that sparks solutions and heightens the quality of life in the
Greater Philadelphia region.
• Ideas. Offering workshops, publications and conferences to provide the best thinking on excellence in grantmaking.
• Connections. Cultivating networks of experts, civic leaders and peers to build and share knowledge and best practices.
• Leadership. Assembling a dynamic group of community and philanthropic leaders to address community issues and strengthen the collective power of the region's grantmaking.
We were founded in 1988 by Philadelphia area grantmakers who wanted to establish a forum where they could share best practices, talk about vital social issues and explore meaningful ways to work together. Now, more than 20 years later, we are the premier meeting place for leading regional funders to build essential skills, share knowledge and stay on top of key issues and trends.
National in scope
Our reach goes beyond the local community of funders. Several DVG members are national funders. In partnership with many national philanthropy organizations, DVG provides local members with relevant information and programming—in person and online. And we are one of more than 30 regional associations of grantmakers operating in cities, states, and multi-state regions across the United States, all affiliated through a national network called the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
. Combined, we represent more than 4,000 grantmaking organizations from all 50 states.
DVG's national connections are expanded through membership in: