Dear Friend of the Alliance Française,
Your Alliance Française de Philadelphie has served as Philadelphia’s main cultural and social connection to the Francophone world for over a century. We are proud of the success we have achieved in 2021 as we continued to serve our mission to help people learn French and deepen their knowledge of Francophone cultures all while navigating an ever-evolving environment.
Our achievements in 2021 included increasing registration for our French language classes, particularly among children’s offerings;
solidifying our position as the major examination center in the Philadelphia area for French language certification exams (TCF, DAEFLE,
DELF, and DALF); and expanding and diversifying our cultural offerings. We encourage you to review our online Annual Report for more
information about our work, our impact and the importance of our community’s contributions to achieving that success.
We believe the challenges of the past few years have provided us with an incredible opportunity for introspection and evolution, and we have responded by opening doors to different methods of connecting with you through virtual and hybrid programming and a dynamic social media presence. As we look to the future, we are confident and hopeful that we can continue to learn and grow together. In 2022, among other things, we plan to:
Award multiple scholarships for the intensive study of French through our Pierre C. Fraley and Marie Louise Vermeiren Jackson scholarship
- Host several in-person events for Bastille Day to allow our community to celebrate together;
Expand and strengthen our popular children’s educational programs, including growing our library and play area resources;
Continue to offer high quality classes and cultural programs (in-person, hybrid and virtual) for all ages, levels, schedules and budgets;
Enhance our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts with a focus on learning, connecting with our community and evaluating our educational
We thank you for being part of our community and encourage you to be an even more active member, and to do so in whatever fashion is most rewarding for you. Please follow us on social media, renew your dues-paying membership, participate in our events, designate us as your Amazon smiles donation recipient and, importantly, make a tax-deductible donation. We would also welcome the opportunity to talk to you about sponsoring an educational or cultural programming series or providing funding support for a teaching, cultural ambassador or other staff position, and we encourage you to consider volunteering with us. Your support will play a crucial role in enabling us to continue our important mission and to serve you, our community and our priority.
A donation link is provided below. Your generosity is appreciated, and all donations will be gratefully acknowledged. Merci et à bientôt.
Elizabeth Diffley Sonia Robin
President Executive Director