Valentine Foundation

Visionary Leadership Fund

The Visionary Leadership Fund is a separate endowment managed by the Valentine Foundation. Created in 2005, this endowment provides a dedicated source of funding for leadership training for women executives in the non-profit sector. The purpose of the Fund is to strengthen the organizations that improve the lives of women and girls in the Greater Philadelphia region.

  • Making current women leaders more effective
  • Developing the next generation of women leaders
  • Fostering a community of women leaders

Special Opportunity for Aspiring Leaders!

Valentine Foundation provided a 2020 leadership grant to The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University to underwrite the cost of a 2021 Peer Learning Circle for up to 8 emerging women leaders working at nonprofit organizations serving women and girls in our region.  The tuition for qualified applicants will be covered by the grant, so there is no need to apply to Valentine Foundation for funding. Aspiring leaders who are interested in taking advantage of this special leadership development opportunity should contact Terri Clark at La Salle directly for more information (

Please Note: Applications to the Visionary Leadership Fund are separate from applications to the Valentine Foundation. The guidelines and criteria for approval are distinct and decisions affecting one request will not necessarily apply to any other. Organizations are eligible to submit applications to both The Valentine Foundation and the The Visionary Leadership Fund in the same grant year.

Visionary Leadership Fund Grants will only be made to qualifying organizations and will not be made to individuals.

Leadership Fund Committee Members

  • Mary McTernan, Co-Chair
  • Alexandra Samuels, Co-Chair
  • Robin Eisenberg
  • Ann Ricksecker
  • Vanessa Lowe
  • Frances Vilella-Velez
  • Cheryl Weiss
  • Laura Morris
  • Tracy Tripp


Recent Visionary Leadership Fund newsletters by year. (PDF Downloads)