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The Nonprofit Repositioning Fund (the “Fund”) is a regional effort to encourage and support formal, long-term collaborations between and among nonprofit organizations. These repositioning collaborations can range from voluntary back-office consolidations to programmatic joint ventures, to mergers and acquisitions. The Fund seeks to have a catalytic impact on the capacity, effectiveness, and financial health of the Greater Philadelphia nonprofit sector.


The Fund makes grants to nonprofits to identify and engage well-qualified technical assistance (TA) providers who can support the exploration or implementation of a repositioning activity. The Fund will support repositioning projects involving nonprofits predominantly serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and/or Philadelphia counties.


The Fund may also consider grants for a local nonprofit to reposition with a national organization, provided that the local presence and service delivery are enhanced in the five-county region.


In rare instances, the Fund will also consider dissolution planning for individual nonprofits (i.e., a dissolution that does not transpire in conjunction with a merger/acquisition).


Download the Fund’s flyer here.

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The Fund is hosted and administered by Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, the region’s membership association for organizations and individuals active in philanthropy, which helps funders build essential skills, share knowledge and stay on top of key issues and trends.  


Oversight of the Fund is provided by a Governance Committee comprised of nine Members, Philanthropy Network, and the Director. Grants are approved by the Members and awarded through The Philadelphia Foundation.


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This formal collaboration is an effort to have greater long-term impact through pooled funding. Founding Members include:

  • HealthSpark Foundation
  • Samuel S. Fels Fund
  • Scattergood Foundation
  • The Barra Foundation
  • The Philadelphia Foundation
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • William Penn Foundation
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • The Lodestar Foundation of Phoenix, Arizona

Types Of Support Back To Top

The Fund provides two types of grant support:

  • Exploratory Grants of up to $40,000
  • Implementation Grants of up to $100,000

Director Back To Top

Nadya K. Shmavonian is Director of the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund, a pooled fund of nine philanthropic partners that encourages and supports mergers and other types of formal, long-term strategic alliances and restructuring opportunities among nonprofit organizations.  These efforts can range from voluntary back-office consolidations, to programmatic joint ventures, to mergers and acquisitions. The Fund seeks to have catalytic impact on the capacity, effectiveness, and financial health of the Greater Philadelphia nonprofit sector. Nadya retains a private practice as an independent consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic facilitation and planning, management and executive coaching, leadership and organizational development.


Nadya served as president of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) from January 2010 – July 2012, where she presided over the closure of the organization. Nadya has extensive foundation management experience, having served as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, and executive vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she also worked as director of administration and as a program officer in health and human services. Before joining the foundation community, she worked in the health sector, as well as overseas in humanitarian relief, both of which she has continued to address during the almost three decades she has spent in and around philanthropy.


Nadya serves on the Boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Philadelphia Youth Basketball, and recently retired from the board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and stepped down from the Lenfest Foundation board.  She helped found and served on the board of The Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (a joint partnership of the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations), as well as the Partners for Seed in Africa Fund, an initiative for South Sudan supported by Howard Buffet. She has served on the Advisory Boards of the National Philanthropic Trust and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was one of the first two non-family members of the Surdna Foundation Board, where she served for six years. She is an instructor at the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches graduate seminars to SP2 and Wharton students on nonprofit governance, as well an international on-line governance course for the Center for Social Impact Strategy.


Nadya holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded the Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award from Wharton Women in Business in 2011.