The WSFS CARES Foundation

The mission of the WSFS CARES Foundation is to support qualified nonprofit service organizations within our regional footprint that are invested in improving communities, fostering a spirit of inclusion and diversity and whose focus aligns with the WSFS CARES Foundation’s transformational vision.

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WSFS CARES Foundation at a Glance

The WSFS CARES Foundation brings WSFS’ Mission of We Stand for Service® to life across the Communities we serve.
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$2.7+ million

Grants and donations to 390 community organizations located across Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2023.
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18,000+ volunteer hours

WSFS Associates volunteered more than 18,000 hours in 2023, including community service and providing financial literacy lessons.
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435 hours of financial education

WSFS Financial Literacy Champions taught over 163 classes on financial literacy in 2023.
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Supporting the community

Serving ten counties in three states throughout the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware regions.

WSFS CARES Foundation’s Areas of Focus

Grants are awarded for initiatives that are innovative, creative, sustainable and replicable. We support nonprofit organizations that focus on:

Community Investment

Events, initiatives and activities that enhance the quality of life in our communities and that promote cultural diversity, involve civic leadership and provide citizen education.

Affordable Housing

Providing shelter to those experiencing homelessness, affordable housing solutions and first-time homebuyer assistance to help address the housing needs of low-to-moderate income individuals.

Revitalization and Business Economic Empowerment

Promote a quality standard of living and economic wellbeing of the Communities we serve through partnerships with community organizations.

Education and Leadership Development

Educational programs to provide opportunities for mentoring, workforce development, internship programs and financial literacy.

Services for Those in Need

We support food banks, educational and counseling programs to help promote healthy lifestyles and offer services to people with disabilities and special needs.

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Grant Guidelines

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the grant proposal:

  • The targeted population the program will impact
  • The success of previously implemented programs or failures that will be remedied through the application of this grant
  • Evidence of need
  • Viability of program replication
  • Evidence of previously achieved benchmarks against which outcomes can be measured
  • Demonstrated ability to implement systemic change

Application Process

Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed and approved throughout the course of the year. The following information is required:

  • Description of your organization’s mission
  • Program/project description
  • Program/project budget
  • Most recent operating budget
  • Most recent annual financial report
  • Biographical information for board of directors/trustees
  • IRS letter and 501(c)(3) certification

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Grant Limitations

The WSFS CARES Foundation supports qualified nonprofit organizations that are invested in improving communities, fostering a spirit of inclusion and diversity, and whose focus aligns with our transformational vision. We will not provide funding to the following types of organizations, programs or activities:

  • Individuals
  • Organizations outside of our regional footprint or areas of focus
  • Private charities or foundations
  • Debt reduction
  • Direct religious programs
  • Endowments
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Organizations must represent that their programs and activities for which they seek funding do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, disability or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.


Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Grant requests over $25,000 will be recommended to the WSFS CARES Foundation Board quarterly for review.


How do I apply for a grant, request a donation or apply for a sponsorship?

Please fill out our grant application form. You will need to provide information on your organization’s history, the purpose of your request, your requested donation and your organization’s board of trustees.

What size grants do you award?

We make donations from as little as $100 up to multi-year grants in the thousands of dollars that support and positively impact our neighbors.

What is your grant cycle?

Applications for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis. Grant requests over $25,000 will be recommended to the WSFS CARES Foundation Board, which meets once during each quarter.

What areas do you mainly support?

Making an impact in the Communities we serve is our primary goal. Therefore we focus our philanthropic efforts on community investments, affordable housing, revitalization and business economic empowerment, education and leadership development and services for those in need.

Who do I contact if I have questions or need help with the grant application?

Please contact the WSFS Community Team by email at [email protected] or by phone at 302.571.7090.
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We’re here to help. Please contact the WSFS Community Team by email at [email protected] or by phone at 302.571.7090.