Oftentimes, local, national, and international news outlets bring widespread attention to quality-of-life issues in Kensington, but they don't always share how their readers and viewers can help.
That's why we decided to compile a donation guide where people can find where they can donate their money to nonprofits serving Kensington and the surrounding neighborhoods, including Fairhill, Harrowgate, Norris Square, and Port Richmond.
Thanks to your help, we are excited to finally publish a list of over two dozen organizations providing various resources and services to the five neighborhoods in our coverage area.
For inclusion on our list, these organizations needed to meet the following criteria:
- Accept monetary donations.
- Be tax-exempt, meaning they're either registered as a nonprofit with the IRS or fiscally sponsored by an organization registered with the IRS.
- Serve, either wholly or significantly, through consistent and recurring service provision, one of the following North Philly neighborhoods: Fairhill, Harrowgate, Kensington Norris Square, and Port Richmond.
Below, we've highlighted each organization's mission, general activities, contact information, and donation details. We've also provided a link to each organization's profile on ProPublica's Nonprofit Explorer.
The Nonprofit Explorer tool, developed by a team of data journalists, allows users to browse annual tax returns and other information, like executive compensation, expenses, revenue, and more.
If you know of an organization we missed, please fill out this form with their information so we can add it to our list. You can also message us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, be sure to check back from time to time since we plan to maintain this list as an "evergreen" resource, meaning we will keep it relevant to readers over a long period of time.
The mission of 12 Plus is to increase educational equity by building school cultures that inspire academic achievement and empower students to succeed in education and opportunities beyond 12th grade.
Donations are used to maintain Plus Centers, which are dedicated spaces within their partner schools that allow their staff to support the socio-emotional, academic, and post-secondary needs of students on a daily basis.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 27-3054091.
Angels in Motion
Angels in Motion aims to change the way people suffering with addiction are treated, one life at a time.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their EIN is 47-3172897.
Ceiba's mission is to promote the economic development and financial inclusion of the Latino community through collaborations and advocacy aimed at ensuring their access to quality housing.
Donations are used to continue their delivery of asset building services that integrate financial literacy, comprehensive housing counseling, free tax preparation services, access to the Earned Income Tax Credit, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), and public benefits. They also advocate for the rights of people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).
All donations are tax-deductible. Their EIN is 23-2732783.
Centro Nueva Creación
Centro Nueva Creación's programs facilitate youth engagement with arts and Latin cultures, creative expression, and social and academic success.
Donations are used for art, music, and regular classroom supplies, field trips, outdoor gardening, student tuition, and other programming fees.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their EIN is 23-2800298.
Community Center at Visitation
Community Center at Visitation (CCV) specializes in working with the community to provide support and access to educational and social opportunities in addition to wellness programs and resources to promote a mentally and physically healthier population.
Donations help CCV continue serving as a welcoming community space for Kensington residents to build meaningful connections and help residents access resources to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. Contributions will support celebrating and growing the community through regularly scheduled events like community dinners, holiday festivals, and educational workshops, offering quality resources such as health food, tutoring, professional development training, and recreational activities, and collaborating with local partners to streamline access to and avoid duplication of services.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their EIN is 45-5089328.
Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education
The mission of Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education is to create opportunities for under-resourced youth of the Greater Philadelphia Region to prosper in life. The organization offers various hockey, education, life skills, and scholarship programs.
Before Ed Snider passed away, he had the foresight to create a legacy that would allow him to posthumously match all contributions to the organization for years to come. Therefore, donations are matched 2:1, tripling their impact on the students served.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their EIN is 20-2885113.
Esperanza Health Center
Esperanza seeks to not only provide excellent, compassionate care in Jesus’ name for all of their patients, but also to reach outside of the exam room walls for a healthier community.
Donations are used to provide compassionate, quality care to those who need it most, and help them promote health and wellness in North Philadelphia. They offer several funds to choose from, including a new mother fund and a fund for the Kensington-based community wellness center, among others.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their EIN is 23-2480701.
Fab Youth Philly
Fab Youth Philly provides award-winning summer and after-school workforce development programs for teens ages 15-19 years old. Since 2017, the organization has created nearly 300 jobs for teens.
Donations are used to create summer and after-school jobs for teens, fund field trips, and support workforce development workshops, which focus on activities like resume building and more.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 85-3823851.
Free Migration Project
Free Migration Project works at the intersection of law and community organizing to promote freedom of movement as a basic human right.
Donations are used to support programs serving Philadelphia's immigrant community.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 85-3823851.
Historic Fair Hill offers programming in early literacy, community building, advocacy-based history, and urban greening in the Fairhill neighborhood.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 23-2724914
Impact Services is a community action organization that mobilizes people and resources to create connected, resilient, and thriving communities.
Donations are used to clean up vacant lots and public spaces, connect people with jobs, provide affordable homes for veterans, support local businesses, engage with neighbors to envision a positive future, and foster creative placemaking throughout the neighborhood.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 23-2087348.
La Liga Del Barrio
La Liga Del Barrio promotes collaboration, educational achievement, peer group socialization, and inclusion for Latino youth through the development of basketball skills, the physical and mental preparation the sport demands, and the basic enjoyment of a great sport.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 38-4005924.
Kensington Corridor Trust
Kensington Corridor Trust aims to utilize collective ownership to direct investments on the corridor that preserve culture and affordability while building neighborhood power and wealth in Kensington.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 84-2453611.
Kensington Soccer Club
Kensington Soccer Club's mission is to unite the broader Kensington community with soccer and youth development programs for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. They run accessible programs that provide the community with healthy activities, enrichment programs, employment opportunities, and positive environments.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 47-1773977.
New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC)
The New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) advances social equity & economic empowerment by nurturing and creating opportunities for residents to live in, and actively shape, their neighborhoods of choice.
Donations used to support programming and operations/unrestricted funds.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 22-2610536.
Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP)
Norris Square Neighborhood Project's (NSNP) mission is to unite and inspire youth and families using the strengths of the community: shared cultural wisdom, creative energies, and environmental spaces and experiences. They offer youth and community residents a safe space to explore culture and social-justice issues, create art, and develop their sustainable-agriculture skills.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 23-2045157.
Operation In My Backyard (OPIMBY)
Operation In My Backyard (OPIMBY) is a harm reduction advocacy group in Philadelphia that provides healthy meals, hygiene items, clothing, overdose prevention supplies, and treatment referrals to individuals experiencing homelessness and struggling with substance use disorders.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 82-5527661.
The PhillyUnknown Project's mission is to provide people experiencing homelessness, individuals at risk of experiencing homelessness, or those in need of basic resources and empowerment to survive through outreach, support, and advocacy.
Donations are used to support outreach.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 82-1425224.
Power Street Theatre (via CultureWorks)
Donations are used to support bilingual adult theatre classes, community story circles, SILUETAS – a new musical about immigrants and refugees in North Philadelphia –, and general operations for a small, Latine staff.
All donations are tax-deductible through Power Street Theatre's fiscal sponsorship with CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia. CultureWorks's tax ID is 90-0619374.
Prevention Point aims to promote health, empowerment and safety for communities affected by drug use and poverty.
Donations are used to support Prevention Point's many programs for people facing substance use disorder and homelessness, including medical, prevention, behavioral health and social services, as well as an emergency shelter which houses between 60 and 70 people at any given time. Donations are also used to fund emergency winter services, such as all-night warming centers.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 23-2663699.
Project HOME's mission is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable everyone to attain their fullest potential as individuals and as members of broader society.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 23-2555950.
Providence Center offers educational programming for children, youth, and adults in North Philadelphia's Fairhill neighborhood. Their mission is to educate people to have the power and spirit to transform their lives and community.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 23-2901291.
Rock Ministries aims to reach at-risk, city youth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through arts, mentoring, music, recreation, sports, and Bible studies.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 20-0471983.
The Safe-Hub program and platform were born in the most neglected communities as a response to a history of inequality, cyclical poverty, and extreme resource scarcity.
Safe Hub's program has been honed over more than a decade of on-the-ground experience to build young people into great athletes and great people. Their platform has been intentionally designed to bring essential resources to traditionally marginalized communities while financially sustaining Safe-Hub's day-to-day operations. Together, the Safe-Hub program and platform create an ecosystem for meaningful and long-term social and economic change for the next generation of community and world leaders.
Donations are used to continue to help Safe-Hub create safe spaces to empower youth and change lives through sports. Purchases for items for programming, such as soccer balls, jerseys, and more, and help with their collective impact events, which help provide resources to the families in the community.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 83-3821353.
Savage Sisters Recovery
Savage Sisters commits itself to providing thoughtful, trauma-informed resources for people recovering from substance use disorders. At their Kensington drop-in center, they provide showers, wound care, clothing, coffee, snacks, resources, and safe space to sit and relax. They also host two weekly outreach events and one larger monthly outreach event to hand out supplies, provide wound care, and clean up trash and needles from the sidewalks and streets.
Donations can be earmarked for Kensington efforts specifically, either by sponsoring the drop-in center or sending them an email at email@example.com to tell them what they would like the money to go towards.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 85-1404597.
Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center
The Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center centers its services around community and education. Their services center around literacy, citizenship and immigration, and outreach.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 91-2055362.
Small Things Inc.
Small Things works with local partners and community leaders to alleviate poverty by improving food security and collaborating to address other community needs.
Donations directly support the organization to continue to work towards its mission of battling food insecurity and poverty in Philadelphia.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 85-3741798.
Taller Puertorriqueño is a community-based cultural organization with the primary purpose of preserving, developing, and promoting Puerto Rican arts and culture, grounded in the conviction that embracing one’s cultural heritage is empowering. They are committed to the representation and support of other Latino cultural expressions and common roots.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 23-1946165.
Wanda Community Events Inc.
Wanda Community Events helps families in the community that have fallen on hardship, and brings happiness and cheer to the children of the surrounding areas.
Donations are used towards buying children of all sizes coats, hats, gloves and baby diapers.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 92-0692874.
To donate to Wanda Community Events donors can mail a check to 3526 Stouton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134.
Xiente (Norris Square Community Alliance)
Xiente's mission and vision is to create a “path of economic mobility” that empowers people to rise up from poverty to prosperity. They offer a variety of adult education, career development, housing and finance, and youth and preschool services.
All donations are tax-deductible. Their tax ID is 23-9233412.
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