Foundation Awards Nearly $32 Million in New Grants to 36 Area Organizations
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
PHILADELPHIA (JULY 10, 2012) - The Board of Directors of the William Penn Foundation has approved 36
grants totaling approximately $32 million for a variety of
organizations and projects benefiting the Greater Philadelphia region.
The largest grant went to the Philadelphia Schools Project, which received $15 million for the Great Schools Fund
The Fund aims to create at least 50,000 seats in high-performing
classrooms by taking the best performing schools - public or parochial,
traditional or charter - and dramatically expanding their capacity to
serve Philadelphia's students. The WPF grant is expected to support at
least 18,000 quality classroom seats in the next three years.
investment is about making the highest quality K-12 education
accessible to the greatest number of children. We are optimistic that
our strong support will inspire other funders to step forward with
additional commitments to the Fund," said Janet Haas, MD, the
Foundation's board chair.
Ten grants for more than $4.2 million will fund watershed protection initiatives
across the region. The grants will help to preserve and restore key
lands in the Pennsylvania Highlands and in New Jersey's Pinelands and
Bayshore regions; conduct science-based research and advocacy in the
Susquehanna and Delaware Watersheds; aid in implementing Philadelphia's
nationally-renowned stormwater management program; and advance plans for
The Circuit, Philadelphia's regional trail network. According to Haas,
the grants "build on the Foundation's long-standing commitment to the
region's water quality and environmental sustainability."
A diverse range of cultural organizations received 20 grants for more than $10.8 million
Grantees include large institutions such as the Kimmel Center and the
Franklin Institute, but also a wide variety of smaller arts
organizations that produce and present great art, including Ballet X,
Interact, and the Painted Bride, among others.
A complete list of the grants approved is available here
. The Foundation's next round of major grants is scheduled for November.
William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, works
to close the achievement gap for low-income children, ensure a
sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and
advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. With assets of nearly
$2 billion, the Foundation distributes approximately $80 million in
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