$35 Million In Grants Launches Multi-State Investment In Delaware River Watershed

The William Penn Foundation announced a $35 million multi-year initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water for 15 million people, many in major cities including New York (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Camden (NJ), and Wilmington (DE). more...


2012 Annual Report

The 2012 Edition of our Annual Report illustrates Foundation and grantee accomplishments over the course of the past year and highlights our new goals and strategic priorities. more...

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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.

Survey paints bleak picture of Pa. school funding HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rising costs and shrinking state and federal aid at Pennsylvania's public schools are exacerbating a pattern of property-tax increases, school program cutbacks and employee layoffs, two statewide groups representing school managers said Thursday.

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. 


Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Receives $5 Million to Increase Access to the Waterfront The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) has received $5 million from the William Penn Foundation to further implement its Master Plan for the Central Delaware, which advances “public access” as the organizing principle guiding redevelopment of the waterfront. 

Philadelphia Zoo Receives $6M Grant from the William Penn Foundation to Blaze a New Trail

The Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to announce a $6 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, whose philanthropy is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region by investing in great public spaces to serve the cultural and recreational needs of the City’s expanding urban core.

Awbury Arboretum hopes $300K grant leads to sustainable future in Northwest Philly As William Penn Foundation works with nonprofits to improve some of Philadelphia's greatest community treasures, Awbury Arboretum has become an exciting new partner. A $300,000 WPF grant, approved in July, will help Awbury develop new revenue streams and form strategic partnerships to expand its reach in the community that surrounds it. 

Changing Skyline: An elegant redesign for Ben Franklin - and Venturi

Ben Franklin was a great and fearless tinkerer, but even he might have been reluctant to mess with the Old City architectural icon that honors his life and work. The deceptively modest Franklin Court complex was designed by world-famous Robert Venturi for the 1976 Bicentennial, and it changed the way we think about memorials. The historic site reopened last week, after three years of planning, construction, and dire warnings of architectural Armageddon. Just as the experts predicted, everything is different. But different is also better.

Eakins Oval pop-up park enhances Parkway On June 11, 2013, City residents applauded the opening of the new pop-up park called “The Oval” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as part of the More Park Less Way design process led by Penn Praxis and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Philadelphia.

Research team braves heat to collect samples from Manatawny River As many volunteers and partnering organizations participate in our coordinated efforts with the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Open Space Institute, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to protect and restore key areas of the Delaware River Watershed, they help bring us one step closer to ensuring a healthy watershed and clean drinking water for millions of people.

Old City Named One of America’s Top Neighborhoods for the Arts A national coalition of foundations, banks, and federal agencies has named Philadelphia’s Old City one of America’s 12 most creative places: a distinction recognizing the central role that the arts play in revitalizing communities.

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