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.

Give-A-Tip Campaign

Philadelphia restaurants and their patrons are helping to raise funds for the Philadelphia public schools through our “Give-a-Tip” campaign – now running in Philly restaurants.  It’s easy to participate and give:  Restaurants provide a “separate check” for customers to leave a donation that goes directly to support Philly’s public schools.  Guests can also write down a tip (advice) that will be shared with students via social media. Some of the participating restaurants include: Twenty ManningGreen Soul and  Warmdaddy’s. Thanks to Field House for completing their campaign and thanks to the Bynum Brothers whose restaurants (Green Soul, Relish, South, and Warmdaddy's) will participate during the month of March.  Restaurants can get involved by contacting gfisher@thefundsdp.org. We'll keep you posted on new partnerships.  

Philly FUNDamentals

Philly FUNDamentals is a new site, developed by the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, that allows any donor to find a school and give directly to that school’s needs identified by the principal. Learn more about giving to Philly Schools through Philly FUNDamentals. 

Read Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed by our President & CEO Donna Frisby-Greenwood.

Add B. Anderson School helps launch Dress Down Philly

Dress Down Day supports Philly Schools and community using Philly FUNDamentals.

Michelle Obama Coming To Philly May 2 For College Signing Day

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is the keynote speaker at Philly Schools' College Signing Day celebration on May 2nd at Temple University. High school seniors and their parents can get tickets here to attend the event.

Thank You Lane, Thank You Chris

Children from different Philly schools thank Philadelphia Eagles, Lane Johnson and Chris Long, for helping to #FundPHLschools. These two Eagles used tshirts and messaging to help raise funds for the School District of Philadelphia. 

We did it!!

On behalf of 44,400 students-from kindergarten to 3rd grade- we want to express our gratitude for your generosity. You helped us hit our Right Books goal of $3.5 million! 

$450K from Comcast CEO helps The Fund meet $3.5M goal for #TheRightBooks campaign

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and his wife, Aileen Kennedy Roberts, donate $450,000 to close out the Right Books campaign. 

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 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!

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Discover Our Alumni

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.

Kenneth Carleton Frazier

Chairman, President and CEO of Merck & Co.

Northeast High '70

Betty Liu

Journalist, Television Anchor, Bloomberg Television

Central High, '91

Judith Rodin

Retired President, Rockefeller Foundation

Girls High, '62

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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!

Ticket sales at the Met are helping Philly school students find their voices

Philadelphia schools are seeing their first donation from ticket sales at the newly-opened Met on North Broad Street.

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Give A Tip: Field House Bar & Restaurant

Beginning this month, Philadelphia restaurants will offer patrons the opportunity to leave an additional tip in support of Philly Public Schools. First up, on Feb. 16th is the Field House Bar & Restaurant near the Reading Terminal.

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#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. The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia hopes to raise $10,000 for music education in 10 Philly public schools via the hashtag #PhillyInHarmony.

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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.

Good to Great Mini Grant

 Are you up to the challenge of moving from good to great? 

The Fund seeks projects that can propel school wide gains and take the good progress achieved thus far to the next level. Proposals should range in focus, from furthering instructional practices to addressing root causes of and barriers to early literacy. We encourage outside-the-box thinking; submissions should apply school data, leverage lessons learned, and include collaboration with diverse stakeholders. Submit your ideas to The Fund.  



 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.


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Our Investors

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.  

Robert Wasserman

Sheldon and Jill Bonovitz

Duane Morris LLP

Neubauer Family Foundation

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