William Penn Foundation bestows $25 million on Free Library for innovations, renovations
The Free Library of Philadelphia has received the largest gift in its
120-year history: $25 million from the William Penn Foundation.
The donation is meant to transform the library into a vibrant, 21st-century
Dilworth Park, transformed into a beckoning public realm, officially opens
By 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.
"Gorgeous," 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 transit concourse.
And 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 AND DREXEL UNIVERSITY JOIN FORCES TO TRANSFORM The William Penn Foundation and Drexel University today announced a new initiative in which they are working together with community child care centers and other local agencies to help tackle some of the issues facing early childhood education in West Philadelphia and help young children get a strong start in life. This partnership will support the West Philadelphia Early Childhood Education Initiative (WPECE) to increase the supply of high-quality child care in the Mantua, West Powelton, and Belmont neighborhoods, an area that has historically been plagued with low-quality child care options.
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.