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.

#TheRightBooks

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.

ThinkAED

Think AED's mission is to raise awareness to ensure every Philadelphia Public School, covering approximately 142,000 students and 8,000 teachers, has the funds to purchase lifesaving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). 

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

There are over 1,000 musical instruments owned by The School District of Philadelphia that cannot be played because they are broken and there is no available budget to fix them.  Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is a city-wide effort initiated by Temple Contemporary in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Boyer College of Music & Dance, the Curtis Institute and numerous professional/amateur musicians throughout the city. 

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.

Meet the Team

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.

Dawn Staley

Hall of Fame Basketball Player, Olympian, NCAA Title Coach

Dobbins High '88

Kevin Bacon

Actor, Musician

Masterman '76

Kevin Hart

Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer

George Washington High '97

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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!

Philly students respond, react to renowned think tank’s challenge

“These past eight weeks have changed my life and have shown me the importance of giving back to the community,” stated Mark Sharashidze. A junior at comedian Kevin Hart’s alma mater, Philadelphia’s George Washington High School, Sharashidze introspectively summed up the last two months of his life participating in the Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia competition.

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SCHOOL PLAYGROUND FORUM

This forum is for Principals, Assistant Principals, Home and School Associations, School Advisory Councils, “Friends of...”, school partners and other interested parties.

Learn about the intricacies and challenges of fundraising for and constructing school playgrounds, Q & A with community partners and SDP staff who successfully collab- orated on playgrounds, and get tips on school greenscapes*, including what can be done and how to begin. 

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Resources

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.

Guide to Fundraising & Grantwriting for Schools

The Office of Grant Development (OGD), a department within The School District of Philadelphia, is proud to offer a Guide to Fundraising and Grantwriting for Schools to help principals, teachers, parents and school communities.

The Guide is tailored to meet the unique priorities of Philadelphia Public Schools based on needs specified by school and community members. OGD proudly supports schools and administrative offices in securing available resources for enriching educational opportunities for students in line with the District’s current guiding document, Action Plan v3.0.  

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2016 Year in Review: Our Report to the Community

The Fund plays a critical role in ensuring privately funded initiatives are managed with the accountability and oversight required to maximize impact on student achievement.

Currently, the Fund has a stewardship of $3.4 million through the generosity of a variety of philanthropic organizations. 

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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

Parkway Corporation

Robert H. and Janet S. Fleisher Foundation

Robert Wasserman

Sheldon and Jill Bonovitz

Duane Morris LLP

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