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Philadelphia Public School Giving Circle Makes Grants To Nine Philadelphia Schools

Wednesday, February 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
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PHILADELPHIA, PA (1/25/2017) – The Philadelphia Public School Giving Circle Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation has announced inaugural grants totaling $4,300 that will support academic enrichment experiences at nine neighborhood schools.

The circle supports traditional neighborhood public elementary schools serving low-income student in neighborhoods with limited fundraising capacity.

“This is an attempt to level the playing field a little bit – and to also make us feel good,” said Andy Toy, a founding member of the circle. “It’s not every person for themselves – it’s everyone working together.”

The supported projects are:

* Family Fun Nights for academic enrichment in science, math and literacy at Spring Garden Elementary School in the Poplar neighborhood.

* Purchase of new math and reading curricula for fifth-graders at Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia.

* Garden supplies – a rain barrel, watering cans and gloves – and a storage chest for the Vare-Washington Elementary School in South Philadelphia.

* Back-of-chair seat sacks for fifth-graders to store and organize learning materials at Horatio B. Hackett Elementary School, which serves students from Fishtown, East Kensington, and Olde Richmond.

* Guided reading books and literacy materials for students in the bilingual program at Southwark School in Central South Philadelphia.

* Five Chromebooks to support blended learning at Warren G. Harding School in Frankford.

* Tickets for first-graders to see Ambler Theater’s “Puss in Boots” for James J. Sullivan Elementary School in Frankford.

* 100 sets of headphones for use with Chromebooks at S. Weir Mitchell Elementary School in Kingsessing.

* Four Ozobot robot starter kits to start an afterschool robotics club at Thomas K. Finletter Elementary School in Olney.

The grants will help meet needs that may not be met by the school district or other funders. The Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is serving as a fiscal sponsor for PPSGC grants to those who do not have their own 501c3 status.


About The Philadelphia Foundation

One of America’s oldest community foundations (founded in 1918), The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) seeks to increase effective philanthropic investment in Greater Philadelphia. By connecting individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advancing civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration, it fosters the region’s economic, civic and social vitality. TPF is committed to strengthening the capacity of the community’s nonprofit organizations, enhancing economic mobility, and addressing the needs of high poverty and other vulnerable populations. To learn more, visit


The Public School Giving Circle was formed in 2016 to provide grants that help teachers, principals, parents, students and community members working in eligible schools to support student needs. It is structured to operate with flexibility and nimbleness to quickly provide resources. Under its cooperative funding model, individual donors pool their money for greater impact. To date, 30 donors have contributed over $10,000. Donors who give more than $250 are eligible to vote on grant decisions. Anyone can make a tax-deductible contribution to the PPSGC via The Philadelphia Foundation’s website. The deadline for the next review of grant applications is March 3. Visit PPSGC on Facebook for updates.