The Sarah Ralston Foundation supports and enhances the quality of life of vulnerable and underserved older adults residing in Philadelphia County.


Born from the Ralston Center, an organization with a long history, The Sarah Ralston Foundation seeks to continue that impact by using its resources to give grants and to serve as a community partner to organizations serving older adults in Philadelphia.


The Sarah Ralston Foundation is led by nine guiding principles that direct all of its work.  

The Foundation:

  • Supports ideas, actions and deeds that facilitate our mission.  
  • Understands, appreciates, and leverages community assets – creating synergies while addressing community needs. 
  • Practices, supports, and facilitates anti-ageist beliefs, principles, and actions. 
  • Recognizes the importance of relationships to the well-being of older adults. 
  • Seeks partnerships with significant potential impact including those organizations whose programs have shown impact and those organizations whose programs intend to have impact. 
  • Practices, supports and facilitates diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racist beliefs, principles, and actions. 
  • Seeks out grantee partners who are successfully serving vulnerable and underserved older adults with particular attention to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and other underrepresented populations. 
  • Seeks out organizations led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and other underrepresented persons as grantee partners. 
  • Embodies the principles of trust-based philanthropy to advance equity, shift power, engage the community, and build mutually accountable relationships.