Rosewater Fund



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Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2015):

Revenue: $295,853
Expenses: $134,418
Assets: $2,411,181

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The Rosewater Fund is a private foundation associated with the family of Philadelphia businessman Edward Rosewater that funds Jewish and left-of-center causes. Based in Philadelphia, the foundation was granted charitable status in November 1961. 1

In its 2017 tax filing, the Rosewater Fund listed book-value assets of $2,784,019 and grants made of $163,750. 2


Rosewater Fund gives primarily to organizations of interest to the Rosewater family.

The Fund has granted totals of over $240,000 to Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia; over $230,000 to Haverford College; over $120,000 to Wellesley College; over $60,000 to Oberlin College; over $30,000 to Randolph College, and over $20,000 to Randolph-Macon Women’s College.

Additionally, the Fund has gifted over $300,000 to the Jewish Funds for Justice which later became the left-wing Jewish social activism organization Bend the Arc. The Rosewater Fund also provided over $30,000 to left-wing environmentalist group EarthRights International. 3


Ann Rosewater

Ann Rosewater is a member of the Rosewater family and sits on the Rosewater Fund board. 4 She also sits on the board of Juvenile Law Center, a left-leaning advocacy group for youth involved with the criminal justice system and recipient of Rosewater Fund contributions. 5

Edward Rosewater

Edward Rosewater grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Haverford College, he was a leader in commercial real estate in the Philadelphia area. He was a former president of Congregation Rodeph Shalom. He passed away in 2004. 6 7


  1. “Rosewater Fund.” Accessed January 28, 2020.  
  2. Rosewater Fund, Return of a Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2017, Part II Line 16 Column (b) and Part I Line 25
  3. Data compiled by subscription service, a project of Metasoft Systems, Inc., from forms filed with the IRS. Queries conducted January 28, 2020.
  4. Rosewater Fund, Return of a Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2017, Part VIII Section 1
  5. “Ann Rosewater.” Juvenile Law Center. Accessed January 28, 2020.
  6. Perloff, Tom. “Edward Rosewater, President: 1959-1963””. Congregation Rodeph Shalom. Accessed January 27, 2020.
  7. “Edward Rosewater”. Philadelphia Inquirer. Accessed January 27, 2020.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: May - April
  • Tax Exemption Received: November 1, 1961

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 May Form PF $295,853 $134,418 $2,411,181 $1 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 May Form PF $286,191 $118,091 $2,248,846 $1 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 May Form PF $140,551 $112,434 $2,081,153 $1 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 May Form PF $231,829 $108,806 $2,053,036 $1 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Rosewater Fund

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103-2726