Born and raised in Philadelphia, Phoebe V. Valentine created the Valentine Foundation in 1985 with the help of five women who served as trustees while she served as an advisor and donor. To this day, the organization devotes its resources to programs empowering women and girls.
A year later in 1986, Ms. Valentine established the Phoebus Fund as a family foundation. The Phoebus Fund was created to support domestic violence prevention, reproductive rights of women as well as Central American community development, education, and humanitarian aid.
Ms. Valentine was recognized for her generosity and commitment in supporting efforts she cared about. In 1990, she was the recipient of the Gloria Steinem Philanthropic Vision Award by the Ms. Foundation. In 1995, she was also recognized by the National Abortion Rights Action League of Pennsylvania.
Phoebe V. Valentine died in June 1995 after a long battle with cancer. However, her legacy lives on through the foundations she helped establish as well as the Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative, which provides grants for a wide variety of criminal justice reform activism.