Philadelphia is home to more than 450 historical organizations, resulting in competition for funding among these entities and a lack of a cohesive and compelling narrative among these sites.

The Heritage Philadelphia Program (HPP) developed as a means to address the problem of internally focused organizations, many of which were in severe financial trouble.

Barbara Silberman, director of the Heritage Philadelphia Program, provides a case study explaining the origins of the HPP and its growth to support the numerous organizations in the Philadelphia region.

She emphasizes the development of programs that addressed specific issues, such as preservation, and the process for acquiring funding through grants for each individual program.