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Who We Are

First Nonprofit Foundation is a Pennsylvania-based, private grant-making organization that focuses on bolstering the nonprofit sector in the United States. We originally started as an extension of the First Nonprofit Insurance Company. The company decided to use funds from substantial investment returns for philanthropy. The Foundation was established with an initial contribution in 2003.

In the beginning, we awarded few grants as our initial focus was solely on educational causes that helped the nonprofit community. We’ve since focused our scope, awarding more grants to programs and organizations with a wider range of interests and funding projects that meet Our Mission.

  • October

    2003

    Charitable funds are established by the First Nonprofit Insurance Company.
  • October

    2004

    Our first seminar is held.
  • November

    2005

    First white paper in our Ten Things Every Board Member Needs to Know series is published.
  • September

    2006

    First Grant is awarded!
  • November

    2007

    Board of Directors approves our new name as the First Nonprofit Foundation.
  • July

    2011

    Northeastern University begins using our Ten Things Every Board Member Needs to Know white paper series in its Nonprofit Management program.
  • May

    2012

    First online course is offered
  • June

    2013

    We changed our mission to focus on grant-making.
  • June

    2013

    First Nonprofit Foundation moves its offices from Illinois to Pennsylvania.
  • October

    2013

    First Nonprofit awards $437,850 in grants to 10 charitable organizations.
  • May

    2014

    First Nonprofit Foundation launches its new website in May of 2014.
  • October

    2014

    First Nonprofit surpasses
    $1.25 million in awarded grants.
  • March

    2015

    $1,577,760 in awarded grants.
  • December

    2015

    Total Funding Through 2015 reaches $2,178,343.
  • March

    2016

    Awarded 7 grants
    totalling $386,910

A Letter from the Executive

Arguably, the present is by almost any measure the most challenging time for charitable nonprofits. The government is cutting back on grant money. Corporations are challenged by the business climate while trying to meet the profit forecasts. Many individuals that once donated generously to charities are now turning to those charities for services.

I am amazed that at such a difficult time charities continue to step up to meet the challenge. The resiliency of charities is commendable. The innovation, stamina and loyalty to the communities where they operate are unmatched.

The notion on the part of doubters that charities are inefficient, ineffective and overgrown is misplaced. Charities have been told to shape up and become more like for-profit businesses. Many of those identified as role models are mediocre and their message is wrong. Charities do need to step up to develop better leadership, adopt successful business practices and find ways to make programs replicable.

This theory becomes the platform to determine funding by the First Nonprofit Foundation. We are looking for charities that are innovative and moving in the right direction for sustainability.

As the sector that makes this country better than anywhere else in the world we need to stand together in our push for excellence.

Joe Geiger

Joe Geiger

Joe Geiger

M.Ed.

Joe brings more than forty-two years of experience in the fields of education, human resources and nonprofit and association management.

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