The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.


Focus Area

Play on Philly!

Support for an intensive music instructional program for youth in low-income areas. The program builds the executive function of students during a year-round afterschool program.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$200,000 / 2 years

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

Support for career training with CTE students from Randolph and Edison schools.

Career Pathways

$225,000 / 1 year

Settlement Music School

Middle school music programs

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$150,000 / 3 years


Spark partners with schools and company volunteers to expose and prepare youth for future careers. Each fall semester, students learn twenty-first-century skills through school-based workshops and practice new skills with professional volunteers while learning about a variety of career pathways. In the spring, students work with a mentor to solidify their new skills through a hands-on career discovery project related to an area of student interest.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$160,000 / 2 years

Steppingstone Scholars

Steppingstone Scholars’ Middle Grades Academy coordinates partnerships with schools, universities and other local resources to engage high-performing students in advanced math/science curricula at their neighborhood schools (Scholars Program), provide counseling and mentorship to support students in planning their high school and college trajectory, and bring in high-quality STEAM enrichment activities that expand and enhance learning of twenty-first-century skills and career trajectories.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$260,000 / 2 years


Sunrise supports young people in staying on track for high school graduation and connecting to postsecondary education and training. Part of ongoing middle school programming, JumpStart builds twenty-first- century skills and gets youth thinking about future possibilities, while providing information and supports for maneuvering high school selection and transition. The six-week JumpStart summer bridge program works with rising ninth graders to prepare for a successful transition to high school.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$140,000 / 2 years


TechGirlz empowers middle school girls to become tomorrow’s technology leaders through free project-based workshops and an annual entrepreneurial summer camp that aims to spark a passion for tech early in girls’ lives. Programs give hands-on experience with different kinds of technology and enable girls to interact with professional women in technology fields. ​ TechGirlz is working to recruit and train more volunteer instructors and to expand the number of workshop curricula publicly available online.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$70,000 / 2 years

The Workshop School

A project-based career-connected school utilizing work-based learning as a key lever to prepare students for the economy.

Career Pathways

$690,000 / 2 years

University City District

University City District’s primary mission is community revitalization. Working within a place-based, data-driven framework to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, bring life to commercial corridors, connect low-income residents to careers, and promote job growth and innovation. (UCD) will expand the number of underserved residents training in core employment pipelines. Create new employment opportunities through business ventures fueled by the purchasing power of institutional partners; the first such social enterprise is a nascent landscaping firm, Green City Works.

Career Pathways

$5,000,000 / 3 years

University City Science Center

University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to business incubation, the Science Center offers entrepreneurial support and youth education programs that leverage the rich resources available on our campus. Through First Hand, our STEM initiatives, the Science Center cultivates interest and appreciation for STEM disciplines among youth and aims to diversify STEM career pipelines by exposing students to career options in the field.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$160,000 / 2 years

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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 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. 

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.


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