On the Table Philly is a forum designed to elevate civic conversation

About On The Table Philly

On the Table Philly is a forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience. In 2017, over 300 conversations were held across the region to highlight local and regional issues at the community level.

On November 8, 2018, Philadelphia area residents will are invited to again gather in small groups across the region to share a meal and discuss the opportunities and issues we face in our communities.

These conversations can inspire new ways we can work together to make our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic.


The Philadelphia Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are partnering to bring On the Table to Greater Philadelphia.

The Chicago Community Trust launched the first On the Table event in 2014, and it has since become a national movement.

About The Philadelphia Foundation

Founded in 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. TPF grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, TPF manages more than 900 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit www.philafound.org.

About The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. It invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Its goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which it believes are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

The Impact





Steering Committee Members

We appreciate these community leaders who have contributed to On the Table Philly by providing guidance, outreach and participation.

Patrick Morgan – Philadelphia Program Director
The Knight Foundation

Michael Days – Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Philadelphia Daily News

Mike DiBernardinis – Managing Director
City of Philadelphia

Shaun Elliott – President and CEO
Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA

Bill Golderer – President and CEO
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Anuj Gupta – General Manager
Reading Terminal Market

Sharmain Matlock-Turner
President and CEO
Urban Affairs Coalition

Pedro Ramos
President and CEO
The Philadelphia Foundation

Doug Oliver – Vice President, Communications

Siobhan Reardon – President and Director
Free Library of Philadelphia

Rick Sauer – Executive Director
Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations

Frances Sheehan 
The Foundation for Delaware County

Rob Wonderling – President and CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia