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  • Supports organizations, programs, and causes that seek to enrich the quality of life for African Americans and other underserved audiences
  • Promotes meaningful social change through education
  • Sponsors opportunities for learning through arts and cultural experiences

About

In the spirit of its benefactor, Dr. William M. King (1927–2007), The William M. King Charitable Foundation supports organizations, programs, and causes that seek to enrich the quality of life for African Americans and other underserved audiences. Established in Pennsylvania in 1994, the Foundation is especially interested in organizations and programs that promote meaningful social change through education — both formal and informal — and that offer opportunities for learning through arts and cultural experiences. The Foundation supports the initiatives of both well-established and grass roots organizations, with a special focus on Philadelphia-based institutions.

Foundation Governance

The Foundation’s activities are directed jointly by its three trustees:

  • Theresa King, President
  • Mira Zergani, Secretary
  • Lamont King, Treasurer

The Trustees meet quarterly and as necessary to make funding decisions and to review the progress of current grants.

Founder
William M. King, D.O.

(Deceased 2007)

Dr. William M. King was born on July 13, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He spent his formative years in South Philadelphia with his parents and eight siblings. Dr. king was educated in the public school system and graduated from Central High School in 1945. He enrolled in the University of Michigan where he was presented a Phi Beta Kappa key. By 1952, Dr. King’s remarkable intellect and unparalleled work ethic had allowed him to complete his undergraduate studies in only three years. He received his Bachelor’s degree with honors in mathematics, chemistry and physics. Dr. King received the Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 1962 graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He distinguished himself as a practitioner of community-based family medicine and established his general practice in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Later he expanded the horizons of his practice, rendering much needed primary care services to hundreds of Philadelphians as Medical Director of the Gemedco (1976) and City Avenue Medical Centers (1986).

Dr. King worked tirelessly to improve the lives of patients and members of the larger Philadelphia community. He was always willing to facilitate the educational aspirations of deserving youths and to support innovative programs that enriched the quality of life through the arts and cultural experiences. He provided both financial assistance and sound advice that always included a strong dose of hard work. For him, through work and giving came joy.

The William M. King Charitable Foundation was established in 1994. Because of its contributions to Dr. King’s beloved Central High School, in 2005, the library complex was renamed the Dr. William M. King Communications, Research and Media Center at the Barnwell Library.

Grants

The William M. King Charitable Foundation supports organizations and programs that promote meaningful social change through education —  both formal and informal —  and that offer opportunities for learning through arts and cultural experiences. Below are lists of previous years’ grant awardees which include both well-established and grass roots organizations, with a special focus on Philadelphia-based institutions.

GRANTS AWARDED 2014

Achievers Scholarships Workshop (West Philadelphia High School)

$12,500
Scholarships

Art Sanctuary

$7,000
General operating support

CASA of Philadelphia County

$5,000
General operating support

Community Learning Center

$1,500
General operating support

Education Law Center

$5,000
General operating support

James Madison Foundation

$10,000
Ghana Summer Program

Lifeline Music Coalition

$7,500
Jazz Up Down and Around

McNamee Scholars Program

$2,500
General operating support

Philadelphia Outward Bound School

$7,000
Scholarship Assistance

Project HOME

$10,000
General operating support

Scribe Video Center

$5,000
General operating support

South West Community Development Corporation

$3,000
General operating support

Temple University

$70,000
William M. King Scholarship

The Franklin Institute

$5,000
General support of the Science Learning Academy

The Franklin Institute

$10,000
PACTS program

Tree House Books

$6,000
General operating support

Urban Affairs Coalition

$5,000
Job opportunities for the underprivileged

West Park Cultural Center

$5,000
General operating support

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children

$5,000
General operating support

University of Pennsylvania Museum

$5,000
General operating support

GRANTS AWARDED 2013

Temple University

$60,000
William M. King Scholarship

Achievers Scholarships Workshop (West Philadelphia High School)

$12,500
Scholarships

Lifeline Music Coalition

$12,500
Jazz Up Down and Around

Thresholds in Delaware County

$10,000
General operating support

James Madison University

$20,000
Ghana Summer Program

Nonprofit Technology Resources

$2,000
General operating support

Art Sanctuary

$10,000
General operating support

West Park Cultural Center

$5,000
General operating support

CASA of Philadelphia County

$12,500
General operating support

The Franklin Institute

$15,000
PACTS program

The Franklin Institute

$10,000
Computer purchase for students at the Science Learning Academy

McNamee Scholars Program

$2,500
General operating support

Mighty Writers

$5,000
General operating support

GRANTS AWARDED 2012

Lifeline Music Coalition

$12,500
Jazz Up Down and Around

James Madison University

$20,000
Ghana Summer Program

Urban Affairs Coalition

$15,000
Job opportunities for the underprivileged

McNamee Scholars Program

$2,500
General operating support

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

$2,500
General operating support

West Philadelphia Alliance

$5,000
General operating support

Women’s Christian Alliance

$25,000
General operating support

Bishop Gilmore

$18,500
Paris Project Scholarship Fund

Art Sanctuary

$10,000
General operating support

Franklin Institute

$15,000
PACTS program

The Franklin Institute

$10,000
General support of the Science Learning Academy

Please Touch Museum

$10,000
General operating support

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA

$10,000
General operating support

Visitor Studies Association

$5,000
General operating support

Project HOME

$5,000
General operating support

Restrictions

The Foundation will not provide grants to individuals, political organizations, or to political campaigns. No grants are made to underwrite fund-raising activities such as benefits, dinners, theater, or sporting events. The Foundation generally will not make grants to organizations that are based outside of the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Application Procedure

The Foundation will only consider requests from qualified tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Applications may be submitted at any time and should include the following:

A brief letter (2–3 pages) that includes:

  • A description of the organization and its mission
  • Amount of grant request
  • A description of the project for which funds are being requested (if the request is for operating or annual support, please provide a general description of the organization’s ongoing activities).

Applicants are also asked to append the following:

  • If the grant request is for a project or program, please provide the total project budget
  • The organization’s current operating budget
  • A list of the organization’s Board of Directors and their professional affiliations
  • A copy of the organization’s 501(c)(3) determination letter
  • The organization may also include ONE publication or brochure of their choice (no CD’s or videos)

Applications should be mailed to:

Theresa A. King
182 Spotswood Lane
McGaheysville, VA 22840

Or to:

Mira Zergani
427 E Allens Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119

They can also be sent via email (20MB maximum attachment size).

proposals@wmkingfoundation.org

The Trustees will review each request, and if further information is required, the Foundation will contact the applicant to request the additional information or to arrange a site visit. Most funding decisions will be made within six months. The Foundation is not able to provide notification to every applicant, and therefore will only notify applicants who are approved for funding.

The William M. King Foundation’s fiscal year runs from January 1 through December 31. Most funding decisions are made in the earlier part of the year (January–April). While there are no deadlines, the Foundation encourages you to submit your proposal as early in the year as possible. In some cases, if your proposal is submitted after all of the fiscal year’s funding has been awarded, the Foundation may elect to consider your request in the next fiscal year. In those cases the Foundation will contact the applicant directly.

Contact

Applications should be mailed to:

Theresa A. King
182 Spotswood Lane
McGaheysville, VA 22840

Or to:

Mira Zergani
427 E Allens Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119

They can also be sent via email (20MB maximum attachment size).

proposals@wmkingfoundation.org