Since its creation in 2002, the PHLCVB Foundation, in cooperation with the City Of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has provided funding in support of activities that further our mission of planning, coordinating and implementing the marketing and promotion of conventions, special events and international tourism. The Foundation’s primary goal is to support activities that help position and promote Philadelphia as a top-tier travel destination.
The PHLCVB Foundation promotes, beautifies and celebrates Philadelphia in an effort to stimulate Philadelphia’s tourism industry. The Foundation works collaboratively with the city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on projects that make the city even more inviting to visitors, especially those attending a convention, special event or traveling from another country. In addition, the PHLCVB Foundation helps Philadelphians prepare themselves for and enjoy meaningful careers in the region’s dynamic hospitality industry and assists corporate visitors in identifying meaningful local social investments.
Through the PHLCVB Foundation’s work, Philadelphia’s hospitality sector will continue to thrive, employing thousands of residents and steadily increasing its impact on the city’s economy. Philadelphia will remain a premier location for conventions, sporting events, business meetings and visitors.
Programs Funded by the PHLCVB Foundation in FY 2018
Four Areas of Focus
The PHLCVB Foundation is focused on four hospitality-related areas that will catalyze Philadelphia’s hospitality sector. Each year, it raises and grants money to support and market long-established events, attract new events, develop a strong and diverse talent pool, celebrate the region’s dedicated hospitality workforce and improve high-profile civic spaces.
The Foundation supports projects that train and educate people for careers in the hospitality sector. For the past several years, it has funded the annual Marie Baker Brown Scholarship for hospitality services students enrolled at Temple University, the Jack Ferguson Scholarship benefiting local minority hospitality students and helping them to attend the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality annual conference. It also provides money for PHL Diversity’s annual Hospitality Education Day, which is designed to provide guidance to high school and college students interested in careers in the hospitality field. This free program strives to ensure that Philadelphia’s diverse communities have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the hospitality economy.
The Foundation partners with the city of Philadelphia, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and many other hospitality organizations to promote Philadelphia as a dynamic travel destination and location for large events. Over the years, the Foundation has supported the regional efforts that led to Philadelphia hosting premier events such as the historic annual Army-Navy Game, the NFL Draft (2017), the Democratic National Convention (2016) and the Republican National Convention (2000). Each of these events brought significant economic activity to the Philadelphia region.
The Foundation supports projects to beautify and enhance high-profile public spaces in Philadelphia and social impact initiatives. Its goal is to ensure that parks, historical sites, monuments and buildings— particularly those located in the city’s historic, cultural and convention corridors—remain well-maintained and welcoming to the public. The Foundation also supports programs that embrace upward mobility and transform local communities through funding initiatives like the Red, White and You Community Outreach Program.
The Foundation funds programs that highlight and support the region’s dynamic hospitality sector. It supports events that showcase and celebrate the work of the men and women employed in the region’s hospitality industry. By highlighting existing employees and their accomplishments, the Foundation helps develop a robust workforce for the regional hospitality industry.
Since 2003, the Red, White & You program has supported a number of important community initiatives around the Army-Navy Game via the PHLCVB Foundation, including:
PHLCVB FOUNDATION BOARD
Interested in learning more or contributing to current PHLCVB Foundation programs? Contact Angela Val, PHLCVB Chief Administrative Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-636-3318; or Arthur Ayres, CPA, PHLCVB Vice President of Finance, at email@example.com or 215-636-4462.