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.

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.

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. 

#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 repair & replace 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!

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

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

Judith Rodin

Retired President, Rockerfeller Foundation

Girls High, '62

Mary Schmidt Campbell

President, Spelman College

Girls High '65

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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!

Lane Johnson Makes Generous Donation To Support Philadelphia School District

A Philadelphia Eagle is among the generous donors pledging support to the School District of Philadelphia on this Giving Tuesday.

In front of students from the F. Amadee Bregy School in South Philadelphia, Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson announced he is donating 100 percent of his new clothing line “Follow my block” LJ65, to the fund for the School District of Philadelphia.

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Symphony for a Broken Orchestra City-wide effort fixing over 1,000 Philadelphia School District instruments

Is it possible to create a world-class performance using only broken instruments? Find out at this once in a lifetime musical event composed for the School District of Philadelphia’s hundreds of broken instruments on Sunday, December 3rd in the historic 23rd Street Armory.

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Support Our Schools this Holiday Season

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from a list of eligible organizations--select The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia and .5% of your purchase will be donated to the Fund.

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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.

Adopt-A-School

 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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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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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.  

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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