The Sundry Trusts are comprised of approximately 117 trust funds each administered according to the terms of the benefactor who established the trust.
The administration of such trusts dates back to the creation of the William Carter Fund in 1739 to provide Income “to and for ye use and Service of ye alms houses belonging to ye said City (Philadelphia), and for ye relief of ye poor people in the same forever.”
Significant Trusts Established and Administered
The John Scott Medal Fund, established in 1816
The Alexander G. Mercer Fund, established in 1884 to provide housing opportunities “to let same to the worthy laboring poor of said City.” For information regarding properties available and to request an application to rent, contact Real Estate Department at (215) 568-0440.
Some of the trusts provide for fuel assistance in the winter months. For information regarding application for fuel assistance call (215) 665-1811.
The majority of the remaining trusts provide for scholarship recognition awards, mummers parade prizes, and assistance to the needy and or ill.