The Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) is a catalyst experiential learning program. We allow individuals to stretch beyond their potential, take on new initiatives and brave challenges as they nurture a sense of appreciation and responsibility for the community in which they live.
50,000 and counting
More than 50,000 people have experienced the power of our programs. None of this would be possible without the support from our donors.
Gifts made to POBS help create defining moments for our students, educators, veterans, grieving teens, corporate participants and instructors. Whether a one-day program on our new Aerial Teams Challenge Course in East Fairmount Park, five days of backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, or a two-week long scholarship expedition in the Delaware Water Gap, you make a difference. Contributions directly support our Association for Experiential Education accredited programs, highly-trained instructors, top of the line gear, safety equipment, and maintenance of our two high-ropes courses.
Make a deep and lasting impact
As a donor, you also make it possible for everyone, regardless of income, to be able to experience an Outward Bound course. Over 75% of our students are from low-income families.
Your contribution helps to provide deserving students with opportunities for challenge and personal growth, building their self-confidence and equipping them with leadership skills to succeed in this ever-changing world.
Ways To Give
donate by mail
You may mail a check payable to:
Philadelphia Outward Bound School
3401 Reservoir Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19121
When you donate online indicate the amount you would like to be automatically charged to your credit card every month. You may cancel your recurring donation at anytime by contacting POBS Development office.
Have a canoe or kayak that isn't getting much use? What about those rock climbing shoes? At POBS we provide our students with all the gear they need to go out on expedition. Donate your old camera to help us document our students' stories and the life changing impact that our programs have. We're happy to provide a tax receipt for all donations. Contact us to get started.
Interns get hands-on experience in program and development roles while being immersed in the POBS mission. We have limited fall, spring and summer opportunities. Please view our Jobs page to check for openings and apply!
Donor Advised Fund
If you have a donor advised fund — either with a family foundation or a banking institution — you can go online or call to instruct your fund manager to send a grant to Philadelphia Outward Bound School, 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121.
Thousands of companies in the US will match an employee's donation to Philadelphia Outward Bound School. This is a great way to double your impact. Usually all you need is your donation receipt and our Employer Identification Number (EIN): 56-2472884.
Almost 2/3 of our revenue is generated by local fundraising, so every effort contributes to our ability to serve more underserved participants on programs. Check out our Events page to see our upcoming fundraising events or contact Sophia Ozenbaugh, our Marketing Manager, to set up your own fundraising page.
BECOME A BOARD OR COMMITTEE MEMBER
Join the board or one of their many committees. Participate in an event. Organize your own event. The options are many! Contact us to find the opportunity that is most exciting to you.
SPONSOR A SCHOOL OR A STUDENT
Corporate, Foundation and Individual partnerships allow us to send schools-in-need and deserving students on expeditions. Please contact Karyn Lyman, our Advancement Director, for more information about Partnership Opportunities.