About Us:



Our Story...


In the belief that more could be done to improve the quality of neighborhood life by working together, the Federation of Neighborhood Centers was formed in 1906 as a voluntary, nonprofit association by Philadelphia's settlement house community. For more than 100 years, these neighborhood centers have been critical to the well-being of inner city children, youth, adults, seniors and families.

The lives of more than 40,000 people in 45 neighborhoods were bettered by receiving much needed social and educational services in 2011. Over the years, the centers have helped thousands of families find and keep homes, learn English, be trained to gain and keep employment, enhance children's educational achievement, recognize and encourage many exceptional young people, and work towards having safer and more nurturing environments for all their fellow neighbors. 

Through the Federation's support and fostering of collaboration, much has been accomplished in building and rebuilding safer, healthier neighborhoods where families have a better chance at flourishing. This is the Federation's
mission.




Our Mission...


The Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC) promotes and strengthens neighborhood-based, multi-service agencies that principally serve low income people in the Greater Philadelphia region.  A membership organization rooted in the history and values of the settlement house movement, we support our member organizations through policy development, advocacy and capacity building activities.


What We Do and Why it Matters:


FNC strengthens its members by...
  • Brokering high-quality opportunities for technical assistance, management support and professional development for its members provided by outside organizations and experts. Whenever possible, FNC will draw upon the expertise of its own members as an important source of knowledge and expertise.
  • Providing an effective and meaningful forum for member agency staff in various roles to engage in peer support, professional development, and networking to increase overall organizational effectiveness.
  • Broadening resources opportunities for members in a variety of ways.
  • Serving as an incubator for new approaches to address social welfare issues of concern to our members and their communities.
  • Effecting policy change that addresses emerging and significant social welfare issues of concern to our members and their communities; and supports the ways that the neighborhood-based, multi-generational, multi-service model addresses these issues.

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Our Members

Diversified Community Services
1920 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Friends Neighborhood Guild
703 North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Grace Safe Place
7107 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19138

Legacy Christian Academy
6400 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151

The Lighthouse
152 West Lehigh Aveue
Philadelphia, PA 19133

Lutheran Settlement House 
1340 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125

New Leaf Club
1225 Montrose Ave
Rosemont, PA 19010

Nicetown CDC
4414 Germantown, 3rd Floor, Suite B Philadelphia, PA 19140

North Light Community Center
175-183 Green Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19127

Providence Center
2635 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133

United Communities of
Southeast Philadelphia
2029 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

The Village of Arts and Humanities
2544 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133
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