The Merchants Fund is a Philadelphia charity established in 1854 to provide charitable gifts to business persons facing financial hardship. Our Mission is to provide financial assistance to current and past merchants in Philadelphia.

The Featured Stories

Thinking Children Child Care Center

Located on Ogontz Avenue in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia, Thinking Children Child Care Center has been in operation since 1980. It’s a woman-owned business and serves a vital need for the corridor.

El Bar

The El Bar is a multi-generational family business established in 1970 located underneath ‘the El’ train line on North Front Street.


Cuddles-N-Care is a childcare service center located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood before crossing the creek into the Mt. Airy neighborhood.