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.
Do you want to know about a particular school? Then just type in the school’s name.
Care about a particular neighborhood or catchment area? No problem, use our easy dropdown to find it.
Interested in elementary schools, or just middle schools, or just high schools?
Click on one, two or all three types.
Search for schools based on how well they’re doing based on their current School Progress Report status, updated annually by the District.
Find schools that aren’t currently recieving support from partners (e.g., corporations, foundations and nonprofits), a Friends Group, or individuals using crowdfunding platforms like donorschoose.org and Pledge Cents.START YOUR SEARCH
A School Profile
Hear about school progress and funding priorities.
Get the most complete list of school contributors from all known sources, including YOU once you make a donation to this school via the Fund.START YOUR SEARCH
Helpful background information on the school’s student body compared to that of the District as a whole.START YOUR SEARCH
The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia is a non-profit, 501c3. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
When a partially funded project does not reach complete funding within 1 year of the date it was posted on Philly FUNDamentals, donors are contacted to either transfer their contribution to another project at that school or to select a new project. If a donor does not respond within 30 days, Philly FUNDamentals will apply your credit to a project in urgent need, on behalf of the donor.
There is a 5% administrative fee to support the operations of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.