Every week, something is happening at the German Society of Pennsylvania - lectures, panel discussions,   movies, various cultural and social events and different music venues draw audiences to our home on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.


The German Society of Pennsylvania continues to offer new and different programs as well as various cultural experiences with the help of dedicated and generous members and volunteers. With rising energy and other operational costs our financial challenges continue to grow. 
Therefore, we encourage you to become a German Society Donor.  There are many ways to give your time, talents, and treasures.  We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and therefore your monetary donations and gifts in-kind are tax-deductible.

Please consider one of the methods below.


Annual FundThe annual fund is a vital income source for the Society; the fund drive occurs from December to April.  Members can contribute cash or securities, or use the secure nonprofit website, Guidestar.  Your support of the annual fund helps create new and inventive programming, maintain the collections in our library, support scholarships, and preserve our historic building.  

Click here to donate now.

We also offer monthly giving plans.

Designated Uses - You can make a special gift at any time or designate your annual fund gift to the library projects, scholarships, the language program or specific projects, such as construction of new multi-media room, renovation of our first floor kitchen, a new phone system, creation of a new website and others.

Endowment Fund – We have recently established an endowment fund with the Philadelphia Foundation.  The purpose of this fund is to provide ongoing funding for special projects, to build a cushion for inevitable year-to-year fluctuations in income and unexpected needs for major capital items.  There are many options to participate in.  A well funded endowment will help insure the future of the Society.  The following is but partial list of possibilities, you may:

      Donate cash and securities;
Contribute from IRA or other retirement accounts which also have a significant tax saving consequence;
Purchase charitable gift annuities, which provide an income stream to the donor and offer an immediate tax deduction;
Make commitments to bequests through estate plans;

Donate life insurance proceeds – either list the Society as the beneficiary of an existing policy or purchase a new policy.

The Philadelphia Foundation offers additional options, which might be of interest to you, please contact the office for more information.

German Society Memorial Gift Funds

The program is designed to complement our endowment fund.  Donations are typically made to honor or memorialize persons.  These gifts are listed in the Linden Society, which recognizes contributions to the endowment fund.

Please follow the links or information on the various vehicles for giving and Q&As.  If additional information is needed, please call the Society.

More Ways to Give

GoodSearch and GoodShop

What if the German Society earned a penny every time you searched the Internet?  Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our mission?  Well, now you can!

GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate.  Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause!  Hundreds of great stores, including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause.  Just go to www.goodsearch.com/?charityid=819760  before you do any online shopping. Also be sure to spread the word!

Gifts In Kind

The German Society is requesting donations of common household items – paper products for the bathrooms and kitchen, plastic bags, cleaning products, light bulbs and many more.  Please call the office to see what particular items are currently needed.

If you have any of these items, we will be more than happy to issue you a donation receipt for the fair market value of each item. If you would like to purchase and donate these items, please save your receipts, and we will issue you a statement covering the full amount for tax purposes.


If you have a few free hours per week or month, we welcome those with a passion for cleaning, painting and light maintenance projects, as well as ushering, ticket selling, bartending, and more.  Please see our Volunteer page for further details.

Whenever you have any questions about donating, money, treasures, or time, we would love to speak with you.

Please give the office a call (215-627-2332) or send an email to info@germansociety.org


German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA  19123
(P) 215-627-2332
(F) 215-627-5297