We believe that all Philadelphia’s public school children deserve an opportunity to become a part of a strong, productive, and sustainable future for our city.


Putting the right books in the right hands at the right time will set children up for success for the rest of their school careers.

2016 DNC Host Committee

The 2016 Democratic National Convention host committee announces $750,000 donation to help bring leveled libraries to every K-3rd grade classroom in  the city.

The Fund is approved as an Educational Improvement Organization by Pennsylvania's Department of of Community and Economic Development!

The Right Books Campaign

The Right Books Campaign focuses on righting a wrong for our youngest readers with a proven solution in the works.

How We Work

Working with Superintendent William Hite, the executive team of skilled educators and school leadership, we help set funding priorities and manage donations, directing these philanthropic contributions toward the needs of Philadelphia’s public schools to improve educational services and academic achievement.

Our work to sustain District priorities is critical for Philadelphia’s children and an educated workforce. Smart investments in public schools offer the opportunity to introduce cutting-edge educational models that build-on the District’s current programs and advance learning outcomes for all students.

About The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia

Our Mission

We identify, coordinate and connect philanthropic resources—through effective public-private partnerships—to leverage investments in local public schools. We target strategic priorities that have a measurable impact on the success of students regardless of zip code, family income or chance. 

The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia is an independent 501(c)3 not for profit organization that serves as a fiscal intermediary between the private sector and the Philadelphia public education system. We are the only philanthropic organization that works directly with school leadership to align the investments of partners—private foundations, corporations and businesses, community organizations and individual donors—with the strategies that will impact the success of students attending our neighborhood public schools.

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Get Involved

The Fund relies on generous support from foundations, business and individuals like you.

Our first major priority is to raise $3.5 million to support the equity goals of Superintendent Hite in Early Education. Our matching fund will help establish libraries in every K-3 classroom in the District and to support Dr. Hite’s goal to have all children reading on grade level by 4th grade. 

Join our corps of donors who care deeply about the quality of public education and the success of our children!

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Discover Our Alumni

 “Philadelphia is in a perpetual state of potential”

We should celebrate successes more. Philadelphia public school students are full of potential - you only have to look to some of our graduates for that to be clear. Our alumni are making a difference, around the world, in business, government, sports, education, science, technology, arts and entertainment.

Will Smith

Actor, Director, Musician

Overbrook High '86

Judith Rodin

President, Rockerfeller Foundation

Girls High, '62

Mayor W. Wilson Goode

Former Mayor of Philadelphia

Bartram High, '57

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Stay Informed

Find out the latest on the impact of our funds and what's happening around The District – information about policies and initiatives, achievements of students and teachers, action you can take to support Philadelphia public schools citywide. We also have details on meetings and events that you won't want to miss!

Phila. schools getting $750K in book money from DNC host committee

The donation to the Right Books Campaign - an effort of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia - comes as the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee closes up shop. "We wanted to have a significant impact through the convention on the Philadelphia community," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, the committee's chair. "It's a bow on the entire convention process." The committee's donation will bring the campaign - which aims to put nearly 800,000 books in elementary schools in the Philadelphia School District - within $1 million of its goal.

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We want you to be informed and empowered collaborators with us and The District — working together to build and sustain initiatives that help Philadelphia public schools thrive and students succeed.

The Fund's Fall Newsletter 2016

See what the Fund has been up to in preparation for the  2016-2017 school year! 

Download the Fund's back-to-school newsletter here, and read about the good things happening at the School District of Philadelphia as our students prepare for the new school year (hint: with new school supplies from Amazon.com and new libraries via the Right Books campaign!). 


Action Plan 3.0 Making our Schools Great

This plan is a description of the School District of Philadelphia’s current and planned priority work.

Its primary objective is to align the work of all employees to the Anchor Goals and Actions described here. It is also intended to communicate a comprehensive overview of the District’s plan to parents, families, students, partners and stakeholders.


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Our Investors

Like the District, we depend on a robust corps of partner organizations, companies and community input for advocacy and program support.

We're grateful for our special partners, who are helping us improve educational outcomes for Philadelphia's students. Thank you to our investors, sponsors, and supporters for your generous contributions to help realize Dr. William R. Hite’s goal to give every child, no matter their zip code, a great school close to where they live.

The Rothman Family Foundation

Robert H. and Janet S. Fleisher Foundation

Robert Wasserman

Sheldon and Jill Bonovitz

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