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. 

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Philly FUNDamentals

What is Philly FUNDamentals?


When people talk of school equity, they’re often talking about fairness, including fairness around resources. Beyond public funds, schools can and do secure support from: partner corporations, foundations, and nonprofits; Friend, Parent, and Alumni Groups; and individual donors.

Yet despite the unprecedented availability of data from the District and elsewhere, it is difficult to know which schools receive which types of additional support and what schools need. Until now.

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.  The schools are plotted on a map and donors can search the site to find a profile of each school.  School profiles include a message from the principal, a description of the need, school performance and demographic information and a link to the school’s website.  After learning more about the school, donors give directly toward the cost of the project.


Why is this important?

It is a school-level solution to address school-wide needs.  Philly FUNDamentals gives donors a chance to give directly to a school and know how their contributions will be used.  

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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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