A Place to Be and Become

aka Pendle Hill   |   Wallingford, PA   |
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EIN: 23-1352255


Pendle Hill is a Quaker center welcoming all for Spirit-led learning, retreat, and community.

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Executive Director

Francisco Burgos

Main address

338 Plush Mill Road

Wallingford, PA 19086 USA

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Subject area info

Adult education




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NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People come to Pendle Hill to seek community for various reasons. One that we hear frequently from our guests is that they are in a transition period in life (e.g., change of career, recent divorce, unsure about one’s “calling” in life) and seek a place to discern their future direction. Pendle Hill also serves as a place for quiet, Spirit-led reflection. In today’s fast-paced world, in which people are inundated with technology, advertising, and commitments both work and personal, many have found it valuable to have a place to gather their thoughts, take care of themselves, and work on creative and/or academic projects. As part of its capacity as an education and conference center, Pendle Hill also seeks to address inequality, racism, and violence in the world. We regularly host workshops, lectures, and conferences inviting prominent speakers to discuss spirituality, racial and social justice, environmental sustainability, and interfaith cooperation among other topics.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Spring Term at Pendle Hill

The Spring Term is a ten-week resident student program based on the daily rhythm of worship, learning, and work that creates space for Spirit-led discernment, community, and guided study within the context of a spiritually-led Quaker community.

This resident study program provides an alternative and experiential adult education that aims to support the formation and renewal of the whole person. The simple framework of study, worship, and work in community offers participants a unique sanctuary in which to develop a deeper awareness of the Divine in daily life and of their own vocation in the world.

Population(s) Served

Pendle Hill offers a range of classes, workshops, and retreats on spiritual deepening, discernment, Quaker faith and practice, social witness, arts and writing, movement and body work, and other topics. Offerings are intended to enable personal reflection, renewal, and healing; foster individual and collective well-being; stimulate creative expression, empower dialogue between people with religious and other differences; or inspire cooperative action for justice, equality, and peace.

In-person programs are held on our 24-acre campus in Wallingford, PA. Online/virtual lectures and workshops have been held since 2017, and now comprise a significant portion of our offerings.

Population(s) Served

Each year in June, Pendle Hill runs a Young Adult Friends Conference, inviting young adult Friends to gather for four to six days of fellowship, practical training and skill building activities, and spiritual deepening. Since 2012, this conference series has been titled "Continuing Revolution" and has supported Quaker and other young adults in developing their capacity to lead justice work in their own communities and the wider world.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

We are known for our caring and professional staff, delicious food, beautiful grounds, and proximity to major transit hubs. Groups of 5-65 persons can easily be accommodated overnight in a variety of spaces on our grounds. Larger groups (up to 136 persons) can be accommodated for presentations, lectures, and other events.

Pendle Hill hosts conferences, retreats, and meetings for many different groups. Our guests include Quaker meetings and organizations, church groups, college faculty and staff, social service organizations, community groups, and more.

Population(s) Served

Since its founding in 1930, Pendle Hill has been a center where Quaker faith is expressed in education – the education of adults for spiritually motivated service. Because spiritual experience is essential to Quakerism, Pendle Hill’s education is experiential at its core. The Pendle Hill pamphlets have been an integral part of this educational vision since 1934. The pamphlets are written from the personal experience, study, and insights of the authors, concerning spiritual life, faith, and witness.

Each year Pendle Hill publishes five new pamphlets, each about 9000 words in length. Every pamphlet ever printed is available from the bookstore. Receive each pamphlet as it is published by ordering a subscription.

Population(s) Served

An evening lecture series that is free and open to the public. Lecture topics focus on peace and social justice.

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Religious groups

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

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First Mondays Lecture Series

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Context Notes

Number of First Monday and Free Evening lecture attendees, as well as other free events (New Year's Celebration)

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Educational Programs

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Pendle Hill’s vision is briefly stated as “to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives.” In doing so, we promote peace, truth-speaking and integrity, equality, simplicity, and reaching out to that of God in everyone.

In order to accomplish these goals, our staff and Board regularly meet to discuss short- and long-term objectives. For the current fiscal year (FY2022), we aspire to:
- Ensure meaningful Pendle Hill experiences and increase financial accessibility to our programs.
- Reduce our carbon footprint.
- Strengthen and expand Pendle Hill's base of supporters and advocates.
- Develop and implement a multiyear plan for increasing staff benefits and increasing financial reserves based on a equity and DEI strategy.

Pendle Hill's primary functions are as a study, retreat, and study center. We aim to provide guests from all over the world with spiritual, moral, and intellectual sustenance, as well as serve our local community in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Our strategy in accomplishing these goals are best stated by our values of Education, Sustainability, and Social Action and Justice.

1) Education: Learning at Pendle Hill is both experiential and intellectual, rooted in the principles of The Religious Society of Friends. Such learning includes dialogue, personal study and contemplation, collaborative exploration, openness to divine leadings, and interaction with the natural environment.

2) Sustainability: Pendle Hill seeks to be a living, nourishing model of sustainability in a spiritual community. We work to experience and support a way of living that is environmentally, socially, and fiscally sustainable.

3) Social Action and Justice: At Pendle Hill we commit to being a living testimony to a social order that manifests God's love for everyone. We work to be inclusive, respectful, and supportive of all people. We strive courageously for peace and justice.

Founded in 1930 as a “Quaker experiment in education and community” where students and teachers lived, studied, and worked together, Pendle Hill has been a site for Spirit-led learning and social action for over 90 years. Throughout the years, a philosophy of experiential education through study, work, and worship, as well as group life, became its hallmark. During World War II and its aftermath, Pendle Hill was a training site for international service personnel as well as relief programs.

Luminaries who have come to Pendle Hill throughout the years to teach or retreat include Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul Robeson, Rabindranath Tagore, Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Buber, Anna and Howard Brinton, A.J. Muste, Dorothy Day, Elise and Kenneth Boulding, Dorothy and Douglas Steere, Bill and Fran Taber, Wendell Berry, Bayard Rustin, Muriel Lester, Sally and Parker Palmer, Vincent Harding, George Willoughby, George Lakey, and Niyonu Spann.

To this day, Pendle Hill maintains its theme of ‘education for the whole person.’ Instead of grades, exams, and college credits, participants are engaged in a model of community-based learning aimed at helping the individual discern their path in how they may serve our wider society. These ends are accomplished through the flagship residential program, The Spring Term, as well as workshops and seminars that provide balance analytical, service-oriented, and inward approaches. On an annual basis, we serve more than 15,000 individuals that include sojourners, workshop participants, and conference attendees.

Pendle Hill’s unique capability to inspire reflection and renewal is grounded in a sense of place. The 24-acre campus features a well-stocked art studio, library, and a mile-long walking trail that is open to the public. With over 140 species of trees, a half-acre garden, and a wetland pond, our grounds have been described as possessing a “storybook-like serenity.”


Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31
Financial documents
2020 Pendle Hill Financial Statements FY2020 (Sept. 1, 2019-Aug. 31, 2020)
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.35 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 22% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of PENDLE HILL’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$307,526 $126,395 $685,163 -$215,235 $264,038
As % of expenses -12.2% 5.6% 29.4% -8.7% 11.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$498,061 -$59,743 $500,025 -$404,268 $78,638
As % of expenses -18.4% -2.4% 19.9% -15.2% 3.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,303,609 $2,409,962 $2,764,618 $2,535,334 $2,593,349
Total revenue, % change over prior year -48.4% 84.9% 14.7% -8.3% 2.3%
Program services revenue 97.4% 55.2% 47.7% 52.5% 30.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 16.4% 7.1% 6.9% 7.7% 8.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 51.4% 27.8% 42.2% 30.0% 50.5%
Other revenue -65.2% 9.9% 3.2% 9.7% 10.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,512,146 $2,271,168 $2,329,993 $2,475,675 $2,227,026
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.1% -9.6% 2.6% 6.3% -10.0%
Personnel 48.7% 57.1% 57.1% 58.7% 62.8%
Professional fees 5.9% 1.9% 4.0% 3.9% 5.1%
Occupancy 14.8% 14.6% 7.4% 6.9% 4.8%
Interest 2.4% 2.5% 2.1% 1.5% 1.6%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 28.2% 23.9% 29.4% 29.1% 25.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,702,681 $2,457,306 $2,515,131 $2,664,708 $2,412,426
One month of savings $209,346 $189,264 $194,166 $206,306 $185,586
Debt principal payment $29,610 $37,361 $289,925 $40,897 $0
Fixed asset additions $214,156 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,155,793 $2,683,931 $2,999,222 $2,911,911 $2,598,012

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 1.8 3.6 4.7 3.4 5.3
Months of cash and investments 34.0 39.5 44.8 39.5 53.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.5 4.1 5.4 2.9 4.0
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $368,914 $676,236 $903,190 $692,405 $974,662
Investments $6,751,792 $6,794,356 $7,799,973 $7,453,387 $9,033,147
Receivables $212,201 $236,572 $131,790 $475,142 $108,834
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $6,398,552 $6,455,171 $6,577,770 $6,760,230 $6,852,560
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 49.7% 52.2% 54.0% 55.3% 57.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 13.2% 12.3% 9.2% 9.5% 10.4%
Unrestricted net assets $2,782,443 $2,722,700 $3,222,725 $2,818,457 $2,897,095
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,151,651 $1,059,446 $1,082,847 $1,103,769 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $6,559,013 $7,069,189 $7,947,460 $8,036,206 N/A
Total restricted net assets $7,710,664 $8,128,635 $9,030,307 $9,139,975 $10,154,551
Total net assets $10,493,107 $10,851,335 $12,253,032 $11,958,432 $13,051,646

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Francisco Burgos

With his collaborative approach to leadership, penchant for spiritual education, and commitment to social justice, Francisco Burgos has worked to promote and sustain justice, equality, and diversity at Pendle Hill. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Burgos served as Director of Education at Pendle Hill. Burgos came to Pendle Hill from the Center for Community Initiatives at the Monteverde Institute in Monteverde, Costa Rica. From 2012 to 2015 he was head of school at Monteverde Friends School. He has also served with the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., and American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore, Md. He holds a degree in clinical psychology from the National University Pedro Enríquez Ureña, a post-graduate diploma in social pedagogy from the Sevilla University and the Santo Domingo Technological Institute, the M.A. in Sustainable Development at the SIT Graduate Institute, and the Ph.D. in Education from La Salle University in Costa Rica.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


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Board of directors
as of 11/29/2022
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Board chair

Dr. Frances Brokaw

Organizational demographics

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