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The Christopher Ludwick Foundation


The Foundation is named for Christopher Ludwick (1720-1801), Baker General of the Army of the United States during the American Revolution.  His bequest of $13,000 was to provide a trust “for the schooling and education gratis, of poor children of all denominations, in the city and liberties of Philadelphia, without exception to the country, extraction, or religious principles of their parents or friends...”  The trust has grown to over $5,000,000, and grants amounting to approximately $250,000 are awarded each year. By long tradition, the Foundation and the Athenaeum share some trustees and officers.

The Christopher Ludwick Foundation now has its own website.  Please visit