Membership Development

What We Do

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The Membership Development Granting Group supports Monthly and Quarterly Meetings of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in projects that:

  • Enhance the visibility and outreach of Monthly Meetings in their communities.
  • Attract new people to attend Meeting for Worship.
  • Increase engagement of members and attendees in the Meeting community.
  • Strengthen and increase membership in Monthly Meetings.

Who We Are

Appointed by PYM Granting Committee. Paul Indorf, J. Kenneth Park, Kellie Schlussel-Edens, John Marquette, Alex Miller, Andrew Thompson, Guinevere Janes, Carla White (clerk). Ex Officio: Christie Duncan-Tessmer, General Secretary; Zachary Dutton, Associate Secretary for Program & Religious Life.


Nicholas Gutowski
Director of Grant Making
(215) 241-7218

How To Apply

The Membership Development Granting Group meets to consider small grant applications ten times a year, in every month save July and August, and quarterly to consider larger grants.  You should plan to apply at least two months before the start of a project. Proposals are expected to address a concern arising from the Meeting for outreach and membership development. Monthly and Quarterly Meetings should consult the Membership Development Application Form and Guidelines [PDF] for details about the application process; other organizations are ineligible. When you apply, you may also need a copy of the Quaker Grantmaker Common Form [PDF], depending on the size of the grant you are requesting.


Membership Development Support Fund – Established in 1997 as a 5-year experiment (1997-2002), to support projects designed to enhance the visibility and outreach of Monthly Meetings and to bring new members to the Religious Society of Friends. Grants today are made directly from a portion of the unrestricted bequests left each year to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and not from income on investments. These gifts are used to increase and strengthen membership, so that the Society of Friends will remain vital well beyond the donor’s lifetimes and our own.