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.

What We Do

What We Do

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Our Board

Sheldon M. Bonovitz

Board Chair

Sheldon is Chairman Emeritus of Duane Morris, LLP, having stepped down as Chairman in January 2008 to resume full-time practice.  

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Donn G. Scott

Board Treasurer

Donn G. Scott retired from Wells Fargo in March, 2014 after 44 years of service.

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Robert W. Bogle

Board Member

Robert W. Bogle is chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Greater Philadelphia region’s largest audited newspaper serving the African-American community.

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Robert Archie

Board Member

Robert L. Archie, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal finance, real estate and corporate law for non-profit corporations.

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Cynthia Farlino

Board Member

Cindy Farlino is serving in her 8th year as Principal of the William Meredith Elementary School.

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Otis D. Hackney III

Board Member

Philadelphia native Otis D. Hackney III began his career as a mathematics teacher at Germantown High School. After stints in different schools, Otis returned to South Philadelphia High School as principal, where he successfully helped heal divisions after high-profile instances of racially motivated school violence.

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Our Team

John Barber III

Chief Development Officer

John Barber III is an accomplished professional who brings over 20 years of financial and grants experience. 

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Donna Frisby-Greenwood

President and CEO

Donna Frisby-Greenwood serves as the first President and CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. 

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Phillip D. Hammond

Director of Finance and Grant Administration

Phillip Hammond serves as the Director of Finance and Grants Administration for the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. 

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Our Financials

Below are our most recent, summary financial documents. For more information please contact The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia at 215.979.1108 or email phammond@thefundsdp.org

Audited Financials for FY2015

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Form 990 for FY2015

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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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Our School District

The School District of Philadelphia is the eighth largest school district in the nation, by enrollment. Its mission is to provide a high-quality education that prepares, ensures, and empowers all students to achieve their full intellectual and social potential in order to become lifelong learners and productive members of society.

The Fund is proud to be exclusively devoted to raising, managing and directing philanthropic contributions to improve district schools.

Click here to learn more about the schools, students and teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.