The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.

 


Project
Focus Area
Type/Funding

Building 21

Building 21 designs, implements and operates innovative new career pathway high schools in partnership with school districts to meet the present needs and future goals of all learners by empowering networks of learners to connect with their potential career passions. Students begin their exploration in their first year and, as they move through high school, connect with more extensive and intensive opportunities to pursue their chosen pathways.

Career Pathways

$675,000 / 2 years

Center for Employment Opportunities

Effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women under criminal justice supervision.

Career Pathways

$250,000 / 12 monhts

EducationWorks: PowerCorps PHL

On the job training for disconnected youth with the goal of preparing them for employment and/or college.

Career Pathways

$500,000 / 1 year

First Step Staffing

Working to secure sustainable income for individuals transitioning from homelessness, including veterans, those that have been previously incarcerated, and those with other barriers to employment.

Career Pathways

$200,000 / 12 months

GreenLight Fund Philadelphia

Fund III to scout and import three additional portfolio organizations to improve educational outcomes and quality of life indicators for low-income populations in Philadelphia.

Career Pathways

$500,000 / 4 years

JEVS

Expand registered apprenticeships in healthcare, IT, hospitality and building trades

Career Pathways

$150,000 / 1 year

Jobs For the Future, Inc

Support for work to organize educational system with employment opportunities

Career Pathways

$500,000 / 3years

Mural Arts

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the largest public arts initiative of its kind and a model for community development across the country and around the globe. An average of 35 participants are referred to the Guild program by Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP) and 25 are referred by the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS). Those coming from PPS receive preliminary training in the prison and are eligible to participate in the Guild for four months. Those coming from YVRP have no preliminary training and are eligible to participate in the Guild for six months. Participants receive $12 an hour for 20 hours per week, during which time they are engaged in Skill-building, Workshops, Apprenticeship on Murals and Community Improvement Projects, Work Readiness Training.

Career Pathways

$125,000 / 1 year

Neighborhood Bike Works

Youth bike education and job training project

Career Pathways

$60,000 / 1 year

Opera Philadelphia

Opera is launching an industry pipeline program entitled “Workforce Readiness Program” (WRP) that will create a training program for students to access technical careers in the performing arts. This program is unique in that it is the first in the country to pair students with union employees from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

Career Pathways

$193,000 / 3.3 years

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Photo: YouthBuild Philadelphia

 

H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest | 1930-2018

Philadelphia lost a civic giant with the passing of H.F. Gerry Lenfest, who died August 5, 2018, at the age of 88. Reflecting on his life and legacy, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the Philadelphia of today without the incomparable leadership and largesse of Gerry Lenfest. The businessman and entrepreneur turned philanthropist extraordinaire ranks among the city’s most highly-respected and influential civic leaders, and the philanthropic path he blazed with his wife Marguerite will certainly have a profound impact on the fabric of our city for decades to come.

The Lenfests became wealthy from the sale of their cable business in 2000, and were among a new breed of donors whose mission was to give away the vast majority of their fortune during their lifetime.  In less than 20 years, the couple‘s giving has exceeded $1.3 billion. While the Lenfest’s philanthropy touched on a range of issues, Gerry is perhaps best known in Philadelphia for his financial support and leadership of some of the city’s major arts and cultural institutions, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curtis Institute of Music, The Barnes Foundation, and the Museum of the American Revolution. His giving also made headlines recently when he purchased Philadelphia Media Network (owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and Philly.com) and donated it to a newly-created nonprofit, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the first-of-its-kind organization dedicated to developing and supporting sustainable business models for great local journalism. 

In addition to establishing The Lenfest Foundation, the couple also created a philanthropic legacy for the next generation by endowing foundations for their three children – Diane, Chase and Brook. Last year the Lenfests joined a distinguished roster of donors to be honored with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. The award citation noted their innate modesty and hailed them for embodying the essence of generosity, altruism, and dedication to the common good.

A public celebration to honor Gerry Lenfest is being held October 17, 2018, at 11:00 am, at the Academy of Music.

 

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