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Connelly Foundation

  • Connelly Foundation
  • 100 Front St
    Suite 1450
  • W. Conshohocken, PA 19428
  • (610) 834-3222
  • 1955

Program Description

Since its founding in 1955, the Connelly Foundation has been a responsive and proactive grantmaking organization awarding grants to nonprofits in the Philadelphia area that demonstrate outstanding performance in meeting community needs.

For the first 25 years it was principally driven by its Founders John and Josephine Connelly's personal charitable principles, with a strong emphasis on increasing access to higher education, strengthening Catholic schools, and providing help and opportunity to the needy. These values continued to be loyally honored and built upon during the Foundation's second 25 years, under the leadership of the Connelly's two oldest daughters, Josephine C. Mandeville as President and Emily C. Riley as Executive Vice President.

Staying true to the vision and foresight of the Founders, the Foundation has continued to embrace their philosophy of identifying individuals and groups whose leadership can bring positive change, then supporting their ability to serve those around them.

At the same time, creative new ideas were generated toward programs that would bolster and complement the quality Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia plus supporting new organizations that respect human dignity and provide opportunity.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 260
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
  • Temple University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus