Founders Fellowship

Impact100 Philadelphia is committed to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our membership and grantmaking. To support this goal, Impact100 sponsors a Founders Fellowship program to encourage young women to learn about philanthropy, the power of collective giving, and critical issues that affect the Philadelphia region.

The Founders Fellowship is a one-year commitment, renewed annually, that provides a three-year path to membership. In year one, Fellows make no financial contribution to membership; in years two and three, they make partial contributions.

The Founders Fellowship is available to women from the five-county Philadelphia region, between the ages of 25 and 35, who are interested in addressing the vital needs of our community through collective giving grantmaking. We seek, and encourage, applicants of diverse lived experiences to apply, in order to bring valuable perspectives to Impact100 Philadelphia’s process. Preference will be given to women for whom the Young Philanthropist membership fee of $575 might pose a hardship. 

The Fellowship application opens June 15 and closes July 31. Fellows are selected by mid-September and participate in the work of Impact100 Philadelphia from September to June each year.  

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Financial Support for the Founders Fellows Program

Through the generosity of our program supporters, all membership fees are waived for first-year Fellows. Donations of any amount are most welcome and appreciated, and support our ability to invite young women to be part of this program.


Timing for Applications & Selection

Fellows are chosen through a competitive process each summer. Applications typically open in early summer, and Founders Fellows are selected in September.

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