Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory depends on the support of institutional and individual donors to make our programming possible. Here are some of the many ways you can help us.


You can donate online now or send us a donation by mail using the attached donation form. You can increase the size of your gift if your company has a matching gift program. Contact your Human Resources department to see if your company has such a program and how to take advantage of it.

United Way

We are a member of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey's Donor Choice Program. If your company runs a Workplace Campaign, you can make a gift via automatic payroll deduction and designate that gift for the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory by using our Donor Choice ID number: 8635

EITC program

Pennsylvania offers tax credits for contributions made to educational improvement organizations (EIO) under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). A company may receive PA State tax credits equal to 75% of its contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year. This can be increased to 90%, if a company agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years.


PWBF welcomes the support of volunteers. Here are a few way you can engage with us and support our mission: help with environmental clean-up days, provide additional adult supervision for on-water activities, as well as lend a hand in the boat shop. For more information regarding the full range of volunteer opportunities, contact For a volunteer application, click here.

Our Supporters

We are grateful to the following institutions and individuals who have supported us with in-kind or cash donations. You make what we do possible. Thank You!

Institutional Supporters

  • 11th Hour Racing
  • Billet Industries
  • Children Can Shape the Future
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Claneil Foundation
  • Connelly Foundation
  • Delaware Investments
  • Delaware River City Corporation
  • Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation
  • Germeshausen Foundation
  • GHI Design
  • GlaxoSmithKlein
  • Henrietta Tower Wurts Foundation
  • Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation
  • Joseph Kennard Skilling Fund
  • Macquarie Group Foundation
  • Patricia Kind Family Foundation
  • Philadelphia Cultural Fund
  • Philadelphia Give and Get
  • Philadelphia Youth Network
  • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
  • Phillies Charities Inc.
  • Public Health Management Corporation
  • Rosenlund Family Foundation
  • SpringPoint Partners
  • Spruce Foundation
  • State Farm
  • Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
  • Susan Crown Exchange
  • Terry and Ann Marie Horner Foundation
  • The Allen Hilles Fund
  • The Christopher Ludwick Foundation
  • The Department of Environmental Protection
  • The Food Trust
  • The Lenfest Foundation
  • The McLean Contributionship
  • The Nelson Foundation
  • The Philadelphia Foundation
  • The Seybert Foundation
  • The Tabitha Foundation
  • Thomas J & Marjorie S Gray Foundation, Inc
  • Tookany Tacony Frankford Watershed
  • Union Benevolent
  • United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania (via donor-advised funds)
  • W.W. Smith Charitable Trust
  • West Marine BlueFuture Fund
  • YOUTHadelphia

Our Partners

Successful implementation of our programs involves collaboration with the following partners:

Citizens Bank

provides participants with financial literacy supports

Delaware River City Corporation

provides RiverGuides the opportunity to work on ecologically-based, service-learning projects

Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation

provides on-water facilities for the Community Yacht Club

Pop Up Play

partners with apprentices to plan and run a fall festival, which involves a day of play for the larger community

The Free Library of Philadelphia

offers access to their Project Blast curriculum in support of literacy enhancement

Tookany Tacony Frankford Watershed

offers Riverguides opportunities to participate in environmental education programming, to co-sponsor environmental education events for other young people and to partner on watershed restoration projects

Our Financials

We are a 501(c)(3) organization operating under federal EIN# 23-2997335. At least 80% of all contributed funds support direct service programming for area youth (rather than organizational overhead such as administration or fundraising). We are committed to transparency. You can access our past 990s here.