Caroline J. S. Sanders Trust 2

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To provide grants to non-profit organizations in support of various charitable causes including education, health services, religious organizations, social welfare programs, the environment, and areas within the arts, culture, and humanities.

Application deadlines

March 1

Program areas

Human services
Public/society benefit

Program limitations

Limited to 501(c)(3) organizations, primarily located in Pennsylvania, which support various charitable causes.

States served


Geographic limitations

There are no geographic limitations; however, the trust has a practice of primarily supporting organizations located in the state of Pennsylvania.

Population served



Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.


The trust does not fund requests for:

  • Endowments
  • Political or church support
  • Fundraising dinners or athletic events

Grantmaking priorities

Preference may be given to requests for the following:

  • Education – Paramount consideration is given to educational organizations and institutions, including broad scholarship programs and libraries.
  • Social Welfare – Broad-based agencies which provide assistance to the elderly, youth, indigent, and homeless.

Average giving

Average grant size: $3,000 to $7,000
Average number of grants per year: 30

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round; however, applications must be submitted by March 1 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting in April.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

In 1969, Caroline Sanders of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania established a trust that would ultimately exist in perpetuity to support charitable causes. Today, the Caroline J. S. Sanders Trust 2 makes grants in support of educational programs, and social programs serving the elderly, youth, indigent, and homeless.