Our Mission

Tom Future

“For over two hundred years, the walls that witnessed the creation of our nation have stood on Independence Square protected and supported by the citizens of this country for future generations. Will you join the ranks and be a part of the lasting legacy of Partnership Philanthropy, and Preservation of this magnificent place?”


— Thomas A. Caramanico, Pro Bono Executive Director

Mission Statement:

The purposes of the Corporation are to raise funds to fulfil the mission of Independence National Historical Park (“INHP”) and to promote its historical, scientific, educational and interpretive activities.


Who is the Trust


Independence Historical Trust, a 501(c) 3, is a philanthropic organization that partners with Independence National Historical Park, the national park that protects, preserves and interprets Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the 54 plus historical acres located in the City of Philadelphia. As a partner, the Trust invests your philanthropic dollars in park programs, conservation efforts, and capital campaigns.  The Trust also works with other partners in the historic area to enhance the visitor experience.

Why the Trust Exists


The Independence Historical Trust (formerly Friends of Independence NHP) was created in 1972 and is the first Friends group in the National Park Service. Over our long history we have purchased or acquired over 1,000 artifacts for the park’s permanent collections, fund-raised for large public spaces in the park and provided educational tours and programs to visitors and locals alike.


As an independent charitable organization, we work with the National Park Service to support preservation and conservation projects, enhance education and public engagement, and protect the national treasures of the park for future generations. We do this with your generous support


Interested in Supporting the Trust?