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Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
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The Office of Strategic Partnerships is looking for organizations with specific programs in mind — and existing funding to run them — to be matched with schools that could best use those services.

By Julie Zeglen

Philadelphia has a school district in which only 65 percent of students graduate from high school. It needs strategic partnerships to change that.

This past school year, the School District of Philadelphia hosted about 500 educational programs serving 130,000 students in public schools and 63,000 in charter schools that were executed by outside partners — or “resource bringers,” as the school district’s Office of Strategic Partnerships likes to call them, said Executive Director Vicki Ellis.

Ellis and Donna Frisby-Greenwood, president and CEO of The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, explained their plan for engaging more impact organizations at the most recent edition of Exchange PHL‘s Breakfast Series.

The Fund helps the Office of Strategic Partnerships coordinate strategic partners for local public schools and acts as a fiscal agent for the school district. Ellis and Michael Sonkowsky, the Office of Grants Development‘s deputy chief, both report to Frisby-Greenwood. (It’s an uncommon structure — two school district employees working under a separate nonprofit — but “programmatically, it makes sense,” Ellis said.)