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...
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.