Since 1917, the Urban League of Philadelphia has worked to bend the arc of history.

We are an affiliate of the National Urban League, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movements dedicated to empowering underserved urban communities.

We believe our common dreams are stronger than the things that divide us. Economic independence and social mobility are only possible when individuals, civic organizations, corporations, and public officials can build bridges and work together. As a nonprofit, civil rights and advocacy organization, this is what we do.

Our Invest in Opportunity Strategic Plan clearly defines our function as a bridge connecting individuals, civic organizations, corporations, and public officials in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Our mission is to empower African Americans and other underserved people to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

The mission is defined by the ABC’s:

  • Advocacy & Policy
  • Business & Talent Diversity
  • Community & Economic Development

We have:

  • A dynamic Board of Directors providing leadership and guidance
  • Talented staff members offering knowledge and training
  • Dedicated volunteers spreading empowerment in the community


Leading the Charge: Keith Bethel
As the Chairman of the Board of The Urban League of Philadelphia, I am committed to advancing its mission of empowering all underserved residents as they enter the economic and social mainstream.

As Chief Growth Officer for Aramark, I understand that Philadelphia–with its diverse community, rich culture and robust economy–is well positioned to bring corporations, public officials and civic organizations together to maximize the potential of individuals and support healthier, more equitable communities. The Urban League’s activities and advocacy for the economic, social and educational growth of residents is a critical resource within our city. I am honored to support the advancement of the Urban League and expand its reach and impact within Philadelphia.