FS Foundation

We invest in our communities.

FS Foundation

We invest in our communities.

We give back to our communities – through volunteerism, charitable giving and nonprofit board service – and believe our focus on civic and charitable engagement drives a firmwide mindset that reinforces the fiduciary duty we owe our investors.

Philadelphia Financial Scholars

Philadelphia Financial Scholars’ roots date back to 2016, when the FS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of FS Investments, partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships to create a financial literacy program for public high school students in Philadelphia. 

Since that time, the program has expanded significantly and now includes curriculum and professional development to support in-class personal finance elective classes, after-school entrepreneurship training with corporate mentorship, a university-hosted summer business accelerator program, and adult-centered financial empowerment workshops for families and school staff. The program combines:

Education for students

Students learn how to make smart financial decisions, budget, and save for the future through our financial empowerment curriculum, which is delivered by teachers in the classroom.

Entrepreneurship incubator

Students learn how to develop a business plan, while thinking critically and creatively. Their in-class learning is complemented by an after-school program powered by corporate volunteers and university students.

Education for adults

Parents, faculty, and other adult members of our school communities learn about various financial topics, like budgeting, paying for college, and investing basics, through our adult education program.

Learn more about Philadelphia Financial Scholars.

Investing in employee civic engagement

We provide our employees with the resources they need to be more civically engaged: 

Employee volunteer program

We offer monthly volunteer opportunities plus ongoing in-office events with partners like Achieve Now. Employees may participate in three paid days of community service each year.

Matching charitable gifts

We support our employees in their personal charitable giving by offering a 1:1 match to contributions made to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations.

Board placement

For those interested in serving on non-profit boards, we offer board training and placement opportunities.

Measuring our impact

All figures approximate as of 12/31/2019.

volunteer hours contributed

volunteer program participation

service events since inception

Values in action

Learn more about our community engagement.

September 2023

FS Investments volunteers for Teach for America Greater Philadelphia

FS Investments volunteers recently partnered with Teach for America Greater Philadelphia and Read by the 4th to support Reading Promise Week, an annual family literacy festival in Philadelphia.
May 2023

FS volunteers support military mothers and families

FS Investments’ Women’s Network, FS Heroes and FS Family Network co-sponsored an event ahead of Mother’s Day in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.
May 2023

FS Investments hosts Philadelphia Financial Scholars business pitch competition

On April 28, FS Investments hosted Philadelphia Financial Scholars, a nonprofit organization that partners with local high schools to provide personal finance and entrepreneurship education, for the 2023 Citywide Business Pitch Competition.


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