WILLIAM PENN FOUNDATION NAMES LAURA SPARKS AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The
William Penn Foundation today announced it has named Laura Sparks as Executive
Director, succeeding Managing Director Peter Degnan. Mr. Degnan recently tendered his resignation effective
August 31 for personal reasons, and the Foundation’s Board has accepted his
decision to step down.
Philadelphia Academies, Inc. Expands Home-Grown Nationally Proven College And Career Academy Program
A program that prepares Philadelphia high school students for college and careers will expand to serve an estimated 5,000 more students across Philadelphia. The William Penn Foundation, which has partnered with Philadelphia Academies, Inc. for more than 15 years, invests in high quality educational opportunities for low-income students in Philadelphia. The Foundation granted Philadelphia Academies, Inc., a nonprofit youth development organization, $1,425,000 over the next two years to grow its successful career academy model.
A Watershed Moment for the Delaware River Basin The Foundation plans to impact the Delaware basin by addressing watershed-wide issues; protecting and restoring places of ecological significance; and building the constituency for the watershed by engaging people.