For 60 years, they have been a beacon of help, hope, and enrichment for students in the Philadelphia area.
In 1955, John and Josephine Connelly chose to share their good fortune by establishing the Connelly Foundation, with the simple but clear purpose of improving the quality of life in the Philadelphia area by initially concentrating on higher education, providing support for parochial schools, and being attentive to the needs of the disadvantaged by giving grants to Catholic health care and social service providers.
Now celebrating its 60th Anniversary, the Foundation is guided by an 18 member Board of Trustees, with Josephine C. Mandeville CEO, Emily C. Riley EVP, and Victoria K. Flaville COO at its helm. Mindful of its heritage and inspired by the faith, vision, and courage of its founders, the Foundation pursues a dual approach to grantmaking. It responds to proposals from nonprofit organizations, and also works proactively as a source of help and hope to the community.
Under their leadership, for the last 25 years, a major focus has been the development of academic enrichment programs for the elementary schools and high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which include two extensive scholarship programs serving approximately 600 high school students each year. In addition, the Connelly Access Program allows 5,000 grade school students annually to immerse themselves in many of Philadelphia’s cultural and historic institutions. With learning as its overarching philanthropic focus, additional initiatives include an enriched mathematics program using technology to reach several classrooms simultaneously, and a Summer Tech Academy educating 240 teachers and principals annually.
The Connelly Foundation is mindful that the aim of Catholic education is for students to flourish intellectually, morally, and spiritually, and we remain dedicated to this mission.