Serving Philadelphia and surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and the City of Camden

The Foundation continues to place philanthropic emphasis in the area of Catholic education. Although census, baptismal and demographic data provide explanation for sliding enrollments and school closures, increased tuition is also partner to this phenomenon. Cost has become a veritable barrier for many at a time when families are drawn to the safe, spiritual and academically rigorous environment that parochial schools provide.

Connelly Foundation Initiatives help to provide access and to enhance a strong core curriculum at parish elementary and secondary Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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  • Connelly Access Program
  • Idea Incubator
  • Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Awards Program
  • Neumann Scholars Program
  • PACT Technology Grants


These Initiatives, when coupled with school efforts to build capacity, help the Catholic schools remain a viable and attractive choice for parents and students desiring a values-based quality school environment.