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!

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

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Latest News & Recent Events

Have a tax abatement? Donate it to Philly’s public schools, nonprofit urges.

After Alison Stohr bought her Point Breeze home in 2015, she got a 10-year property tax abatement from the city, which saves her nearly $3,000 in annual taxes.

But instead of keeping the savings, Stohr is donating it to Philadelphia’s public schools.

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Live Nation donates $0.25 of every ticket sold at The Met to Philly Public Schools

Live Nation and developer Eric Blumenfeld announced Bob Dylan and his Band as the first act to play the renovated Met Philadelphia.

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Philly musicians form super group to pay tribute to 'The Band’ and proceeds fund Philly Schools

On Thanksgiving Day 1976, the original line-up of The Band took its final bow at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, inviting an all-star roster of special guests for what would become one of the most revered concert films of all time. Thirty-seven years later, the Philadelphia music community came together to re-create The Last Waltz at the Trocadero, raising money for music education programs in the city while celebrating the iconic roots-rock band’s timeless songs.

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My name is Brandon Pankey and I am Vice President of Business Development and Operations for Live Nation Urban and Executive Director for Destined to Achieve Successful Heights (DASH). Most importantly, I am a PROUD product of the School District of Philadelphia. When I was asked to write a blog post on behalf of The Fund, it was a no brainer to discuss just how important investing in music education is for our beloved district. 

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#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. The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia hopes to raise $10,000 for music education in 10 Philly public schools via the hashtag #PhillyInHarmony.

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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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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.

Good to Great Mini Grant

 Are you up to the challenge of moving from good to great? 

The Fund seeks projects that can propel school wide gains and take the good progress achieved thus far to the next level. Proposals should range in focus, from furthering instructional practices to addressing root causes of and barriers to early literacy. We encourage outside-the-box thinking; submissions should apply school data, leverage lessons learned, and include collaboration with diverse stakeholders. Submit your ideas to The Fund.  



 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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