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.
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.
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.
The Fund relies on generous support from foundations, business and individuals like you.
Our first major priority was to raise $3.5 million to support the equity goals of Superintendent Hite in Early Education. Our matching fund helped to 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!
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.
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Central High, '91
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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!
Hi my name is Laura Lau. I’m the Lead Grant Development and Support Specialist for the School District of Philadelphia. Besides writing grants for District-wide initiatives, I’m responsible for helping principals, teachers, school staff, parents, caregivers, home and school associations, friends of groups, and nonprofits, collectively known as school communities, to plan and develop their priority projects to benefit students and schools.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by social media & collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (November 27, 2018), #GivingTuesday kicks of the charitable giving season. Join The Fund in 'Giving Thanks' for Philly children, by supporting music education in our Philly Public Schools. Follow the hashtag #PhillyInHarmony for more updates about our Giving Tuesday campaign.
Philadelphia fans and friends!
Please join us this holiday season for our FIRST Annual “DRUG-CEMBER TO REMEMBER”- three shows in our beloved city with proceeds benefiting The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. There’ll be three nights of music around the city, hopefully some big surprises and more ideas are definitely ‘brewing.’ We hope you’ll be a part of it with us. Thanks for your support and STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!!
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.
If you are ready to do more than contribute to a school through Philly FUNDamentals, adopting a school with us is easy.
It requires a commitment of $30,000 over a three year period and can also include volunteering, sponsorship, and/or in-kind support.
The School District's Action Plan 3.0 sets expectations for the basic educational rights of every child.
Despite facing challenges, the SDP has made progress in a number of areas. See how results stack up against Anchor Goals 1, 2, 3 & 4 so far. Read the full status report here.
Like the District, we depend on a robust corps of partner organizations, companies and individuals 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.
Like the District, we depend on a robust corps of partner organizations, companies and individuals 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 Superintendent Hite’s goal to give every child, no matter their zip code, a great school close to where they live.
You may also become an investor in one of the following ways: 1) Find a School on Philly FUNDamentals and Fund a Future; 2) Give through United Way to The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, code 15022; 3) The Fund is an approved to receive Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) as an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO). EITC-EIO contributions to The Fund support The Right Books in K-3 classrooms and Green Futures ; 4) Adopt-A-School for a 3-year period; 5) Set up a donor-advised Fund; or 6) Simply select the Fund as your Amazon charity using smile.amazon.com via Amazon Smile and .5% of your purchase will benefit The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.
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