What We Fund

The Foundation employs an organizational and grantmaking framework that reflects its core priorities. 

Foundation grants support organizations that provide direct services, through which the Foundation endeavors to create positive impact in the following priority areas:

  • Promote the unity, health and well-being of families;
  • Improve access to basic services for the most vulnerable in our communities;
  • Prepare children, youth and adults for success in their schools, in the workplace and in their communities; and
  • Invest in systems and sustainable change efforts to break the cycles of poverty and vulnerability, and build toward a better future for all people.

This represents a shift in the Foundation’s core grantmaking areas, and we recognize that it will affect the eligibility of some prospective applicants and past grantees.

Examples of services provided by our grantees include, but are not limited to: 

  • Improved access to medical and dental care
  • Maternal and child health services
  • Services for individuals with disabilities
  • Food distribution
  • Housing and homelessness prevention
  • Emergency services
  • Behavioral health
  • Vocational training and workforce preparation
  • Youth development
  • Collaborations
  • Service coordination and delivery
  • Programs designed to build individual self-sufficiency

Through these services, the Foundation hopes to positively impact the lives of low-income families, at-risk children and youth, people with disabilities, uninsured children and adults, and individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants will have documented 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Preference will be given to those projects that receive broad-based community support, make use of volunteer labor, and who incur reasonable costs to run their programs. Grant proposals may request funds for project funding, general operating funding, capacity building, or a combination of these.

Exclusions

Please note that Genuardi Family Foundation does not generally make grants to:
  • Organizations outside the Greater Philadelphia area (please see our grant programs page for more specific geographic eligibility requirements)
  • Capital projects, including equipment purchase or replacement
  • General fundraising, annual appeals or special events
  • Individuals
  • Fraternal and/or civic organizations
  • Political candidates or parties
  • Political Action Committees (PACs) engaged in influencing legislation
  • Other foundations or organizations that redistribute resources to beneficiaries of their own selection, including United Way
  • Public radio or television
  • Endowment drives
  • Debt reduction
  • Environmental issues or initiatives
  • Public, private or parochial schools
  • Organizations who have applied to the Foundation within less than 12 months 

Through its grantmaking programs, the Genuardi Family Foundation seeks to invest in and improve the communities that supported Genuardi Family Markets during the several decades and generations that the family owned this landmark regional business. While the Foundation’s legacy is an outgrowth of the tradition of giving established by its family’s business, neither the Genuardi family nor its Foundation are now associated with Genuardi Family Markets. Its priorities for giving are its own.