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!

Upcoming Events

Each month there are many events that benefit schools and students, citywide. Here we highlight a few select ones. Mark your calendar!


#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. Follow the hashtag #PhillyInHarmony for more updates about our Giving Tuesday campaign. 

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A Drug-Cember To Remember

Philadelphia fans and friends!
Please join us this holiday season for our FIRST Annual “DRUG-CEMBER TO REMEMBER”- three shows in our beloved city with proceeds benefiting The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. There’ll be three nights of music around the city, hopefully some big surprises and more ideas are definitely ‘brewing.’ We hope you’ll be a part of it with us. Thanks for your support and STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!! 

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Hi my name is Laura Lau. I’m the Lead Grant Development and Support Specialist for the School District of Philadelphia. Besides writing grants for District-wide initiatives, I’m responsible for helping principals, teachers, school staff, parents, caregivers, home and school associations, friends of groups, and nonprofits, collectively known as school communities, to plan and develop their priority projects to benefit students and schools.

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11 local schools win coveted National Blue Ribbon prize

Eleven local schools just received a feather in the cap from the United States Department of Education by being named Monday to the 2018 list of National Blue Ribbon winners.

From Philadelphia to Lansdale, schools were highlighted for their excellence — either by virtue of their academic achievements, or their success in narrowing achievement gaps. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the winners Monday.

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Businesses raise funds for Philly schools by dressing the part

Philadelphia schools are benefiting from a corporate casual Friday this week. 

Individuals or companies are encouraged to buy a $35 T-shirt and wear it this Friday for Dress Down for Philly Public Schools day, which supports the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.  

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After an assist from an Eagles player, Philly FUNDamentals is upping its fundraising goal

It should be said first that Philadelphia schoolchildren should not need to rely on Super Bowl winners or corporate drives to supply them with paint, gym padding, air conditioners. But they do, so until that changes, spread the news: The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia still needs your money.

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Donna Frisby-Greenwood, president and CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, has been chosen as this year’s Lighthouse Award recipient for the 12th annual “Looking Out for Kids” (LOFK) charity fundraiser. Salus University’s LOFK initiative helps raise money to offset the costs of The Eye Institute’s (TEI) school vision programs.

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Having exceeded its goal, Philly FUNDamentals enters its second year of raising money for schools

The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia is preparing for another year of fundraising with its Philly FUNDamentals website. 

The Fund connects the private sector and individual donors with the School District. Individuals can contribute to a school’s specific goal to help with a particular need

Last year, the Fund raised more than four times its $100,000 goal, bringing in $413,000 since launching in November 2017. This year, the fund is seeking to raise $200,000. 

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Grammy Music Ed coalition grants $5 million to District

I’ve been walking these halls, tired of looking at those same old walls.

 – from “Living Strong,” a song written by students at Hill-Freedman World Academy

Through an innovative music curriculum, students at Hill-Freedman write and produce songs, including “Living Strong,” through their own record label. At the moment, the Mount Airy school is the only one in the Philadelphia School District that has a songwriting curriculum and the means of production. 

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Hughes, Haywood, Street And Johnson Celebrate Largest Summer Reading Program Ever

Senator Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery County), along with Senator Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery County), Senator Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-Philadelphia) and community partners, came together to celebrate the largest enrollment to date of their intensive summer reading program, Summer Reads: Read to Succeed.

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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.


 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.


Action Plan 3.0 Status Report

The School District's Action Plan 3.0 sets expectations for the basic educational rights of every child.

Despite facing challenges, the SDP has made progress in a number of areas. See how results stack up against Anchor Goals 1, 2, 3 & 4 so far. Read the full status report here.


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