William Penn Foundation makes largest grant ever to the Free Library
On Thursday, September 11, William Penn Foundation announced a $25 million grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia - the largest-ever grant made by the Foundation, and the largest private gift ever received by the Library. The funds will support the transformational Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, an innovative model for the future of library service across the country and the globe—designed to respond to the rapidly changing roles of libraries in our contemporary society and information-based economy. The initiative is a partnership with the City of Philadelphia that aims to reestablish the Library as a central resource in every neighborhood in Philadelphia, serving as a portal to learning, public services, economic opportunity, recreation, and community engagement. Read more.
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Partners launch READ! By 4th Campaign
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia’s Debra Kahn joined Donna Cooper of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, Sharmain Matlock Turner of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite and others at a press conference on August 12 to launch READ! By 4th, a citywide effort to boost the number of students reading at grade level when they enter fourth grade. The campaign will mobilize and focus the work of 50 organizations, public and private, large and small, that have agreed to make early literacy a priority. Click here to read the press release or here to see a complete list of partners.
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SAVE THE DATE: November 11, 2014
Philanthropy Network's 2014 Fall Conference
Be sure to reserve Tuesday, November 11th for Philanthropy Network’s 2014 Fall Conference! We’ll return to the Inn at Penn for Sparking Solutions 2.0, where we’ll build on the momentum from last year’s event to further advance ideas and action around our Sparking issues agenda. Visit our calendar for additional details. Registration opens in late September.
» Interested in becoming a conference sponsor?
Download our 2014 Fall Conference Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities Brochure, or contact Debra Kahn, Executive Director, at 215-790-9700 x4 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Tell us how you are SPARKING!
Since launching our Sparking Solutions initiative at our 2013 conference, we've been learning a lot about collaborative actions underway across the region that address aspects of our issue agenda. As we prepare for this year's conference, we want to hear from both funders and nonprofit leaders about how you are sparking solutions.
Link to the simple form to let us know more about how you are partnering to improve conditions, create opportunities and change lives in Greater Philadelphia!
Inside Stories with the Barra Foundation
Philanthropy Network’s Inside Stories series features member organizations sharing the inside scoop behind new initiatives and current directions they are taking in their grantmaking. For this latest installment, we're delighted to welcome Kristina Wahl and William Harral, III to talk about recent changes to Barra Foundation’s grantmaking practices and programs, and what funding “innovation” means for their philanthropy.
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The search is open to identify Philanthropy Network’s next executive director. To learn more about the position and how to apply, visit our Career Center or contact Beth Hare at Criterion Search Group.
Q&A with Network Executive Director Debra Kahn
The August issue of Fairmount Ventures reSources newsletter features an interview with Philanthropy Network's Debra Kahn.
Kahn talks about some of the latest philanthropic trends, how nonprofits can better position themselves in an increasingly competitive funding environment, and what attendees can expect at our 2014 Fall Conference, Sparking Solutions 2.0, on November 11.
Donor guide offers strategies to prevent childhood obesity
Commissioned by the Greater Philadelphia Food Funders and produced by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at Penn, the guide "Donor Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Lessons from the Greater Philadelphia Region" (March 2014) identifies three key strategies for funders who seek to impact childhood obesity: start early, increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity, and enable healthy choices in both eating and physical activity. The report was produced with support from the Convergence Partnership for Healthy People, Healthy Places. Download the guide here.