The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.


Focus Area

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

$500,000 / 3 years

Greene Street Friends: Horizons Summer Learning Loss Program

Greene Street Friends: Horizons Summer Learning Loss Program is a six-week summer literacy enrichment program. Greene Street Friends has partnered with Horizons in a national network of transformational education and enrichment programs that put low-income public school students on a path to success in school and life.

Early Learning

$150,000 / 5 years

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

Hope Center for College, Community and Justice

Addressing Philadelphia students' basic needs to boost college attainment.

Career Pathways

$1,000,000 / 2 years

Kimmel Center

citywide arts education program

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$600,000 / 3 years


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

$200,000 / 24 moths

Mighty Writers

Mighty Writers builds welcoming and fun youth writing centers in challenged neighborhoods, offering year-round programs including an afterschool Mighty Academy, themed writing workshops, mentorships and a College Readiness Initiative. Mighty Writers continues to expand and strengthen middle school programming at four community sites through staff and volunteer training focused on the unique needs of middle school students, with special focus on the transition to high school.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$150,000 / 3 years

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

$150,000 / 3 years

Philadelphia Futures


Career Pathways

$300,000 / 3 years

Philadelphia Works Inc.

Pay for Success Structuring Program Pilot

Career Pathways

$80,000 / 3 years

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Photo: YouthBuild Philadelphia