Region’s Trail Network, The Circuit, Gets Major Boost For Trail Completion
The region’s trail network, known as
the Circuit, has received a significant boost toward further trail completion,
awareness-building and bettering public access to Philadelphia’s waterways with
new funding from the William Penn Foundation.
The grants, totaling $8.6 million, will leverage the work of the
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and Rails-to-Trails
Conservancy (RTC), which are members of the Circuit Coalition. When complete, the Circuit will include 750 miles
of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, waterways
and parks in the Greater Philadelphia region. To date, more than 300 miles of
the network have been built.
William Penn Foundation Commits to Invest in US Challenge
Foundation has joined the launch of Invest
in US, a national campaign and challenge issued today by President
Barack Obama to business leaders, philanthropists, advocates and public
officials to build a better nation through high-quality early childhood
programs for children from birth to age five. William Penn Foundation joins
dozens of corporations, foundations
and nonprofits that have also pledged significant commitments – financial and
otherwise – to making sure that more children and communities have high quality
early childhood education programs.
William Penn Foundation bestows $25 million on Free Library for innovations, renovations
Library of Philadelphia has received the largest gift in its 120-year history:
$25 million from the William Penn Foundation.
is meant to transform the library into a vibrant, 21st-century institution.
Dilworth Park, transformed into a beckoning public realm, officially opens
a most exacting measure, the newly opened Dilworth Park already seems a
success: hundreds of Philadelphians endured more than an hour of speeches under
a blazing sun Thursday and still wanted to stay and kick the tires.
was the assessment of Rochelle Schwartz, 66, of Center City, after first
wandering the park and then making her way underground to the gleaming new
so it is.
HUD head to visit West Phila. Promise Zone
The feds promised to help West
Philadelphia. And now a cabinet secretary is showing up to take a look around.
Julián Castro, head of the
Department of Housing and Urban Development, will tour parts of the new Promise
Zone on Friday, as two local institutions commence a $4 million initiative to
transform early childhood education in a troubled part of the city.
The effort, led by the William Penn
Foundation and Drexel University, seeks to double the number of neighborhood
children in high-quality child care within three years.
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.