More than 7,200 Acres of Land Identified for Protection within Delaware River Watershed The
William Penn Foundation and the Open Space Institute have announced the first
in a series of land preservation projects intended to protect the drinking
water supply for residents in the Delaware River Watershed. The suite of projects
are all part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), a multi-year,
$35 million preservation plan, capitalized one year ago by the William Penn
NBC10 Reports on $11M Plan to Spruce Up Fairmount Park Includes High Line, Outward Bound Plans
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Building more successful cities the focus of new $11 million investment
Can civic places, including libraries, parks, trails, plazas
and community centers, be reimagined to make cities more successful? The John
S. and James L. Knight Foundation and William Penn Foundation are investing $11
million in an initiative led by Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park Conservancy to
test this idea. The initiative will explore whether reinventing and connecting
these public places as a network of civic assets will help cities attract and
keep talented workers, advance economic opportunity, encourage residents to
become more engaged in shaping their communities, and begin to level the
playing field between more affluent communities and those in need.
A Blueprint for Early Care and Education Quality Improvement Initiatives
Child Trend’s conducted a national scan, commissioned by
WPF, that addresses questions about how to effectively develop and implement
technical assistance initiatives for early childhood programs. The study
highlights best practices from existing research and early learning experts.
Philly.com Article on Foundation Report on Philadelphia Arts Scene
A new William Penn Foundation-commissioned study paints a
portrait of the Philadelphia arts scene as rife with both promise and peril.
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.