The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.

 


Project
Focus Area
Type/Funding

After School All-Stars

Providing middle schoolers with career visits, trips to high school options fair, STEM programming and other courses to prepare youth for the 21st century workforce.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$423,000/ 3 years

Afterschool Activities Partnership (ASAP)

Afterschool Activities Partnership (ASAP) expands the traditional scope of afterschool activities by providing curriculum, training and volunteer support for clubs and cross-site opportunities around Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge, Scholastic Debate League, Philly Plays Scrabble, Drama, and the After School Directory. Through partnerships and program activities, ASAP cultivates communities of youth for whom extracurricular passions are a gateway to improved school performance and postsecondary success.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$140,000 / 24 months

Artwell

Artwell provides arts education and creative reflection that supports young people in discovering their strengths, facing complex challenges and awakening dreams. Artwell’s Art of Growing Leaders program introduces ten- to fourteen-year-olds to multicultural rites of passage and fosters creative leadership skills, building on the unique strengths in each youth to benefit their communities.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$120,000 / 2 years

Boys' Latin

Boys' Latin is a single-gender college preparatory school. Extended day activities provide additional reading, math and extracurricular programming for 375 twelve- to fourteen-year-olds.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$100,000 / 12 months

City Year

Support for a City Year Team at Duckery elementary school focusing on reducing early warning indicators for middle school students.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$660,000 / 3 years

Coded by Kids

Support for after school programming in tech fields.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$50,000 / 1 year

Congreso

Middle School Career Pathways

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$80,000 / 1 year

Friends of Chester A. Arthur School

Friends of Chester A. Arthur School (FoCA) supports its namesake K–8 public school, located in Southwest Center City. FoCA serves as fiscal agent for the school, supporting initiatives including the launch of a menu of afterschool activities for middle school students. Program offerings include three STEM clubs, a theater program and Playworks, which trains middle school peer leaders to help with recess activities that build social-emotional skills.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$100,000 / 24 months

iPraxis

iPraxis increases student interest in and exposure to STEM disciplines by bringing individuals with a STEM background (students, professionals, retirees, professors, and others) into schools to work with students on science fair projects, lead after-chool clubs, give presentations and simply make science fun and meaningful. iPraxis continues to expand volunteer recruitment, training and support in order to work with more students and partner schools throughout the city.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$100,000 / 24 months

KIPP

KIPP Philadelphia Schools’ mission is to develop the character, knowledge and skills of its students so that they will succeed in college. In addition to supporting strong academics, KIPP encourages students’ growth and achievement through enrichment activities, ongoing character education, support for the transition to high school and exposure to the world around us. This is made possible by extending the school day, as well as adding Saturday school and three weeks of school in August.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$100,000 / 12 moths

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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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