PHILADELPHIA, October 4, 2021 – We Love Philly today announced it has received a $35,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation through its Racial Equity Grant Fund, primarily supporting education-focused organizations led by, and serving, people of color. The fund awarded unrestricted operating grants to help organizations grow or sustain their impact in communities.
We Love Philly is one of 14 recipients of a grant. Each organization is helping to advance at least one of three goals in Philadelphia: strengthening kindergarten readiness, building early reading proficiency, or increasing rates of high school graduation. We Love Philly focuses on increasing rates of High School Graduation through it's partnership with One Bright Ray Community High School.
The William Penn Foundation engaged a Community Review Committee composed of six individuals who work in education, family engagement, and community organizing in Philadelphia. The Committee reviewed applications and selected grantees. Grants were awarded through a competitive process, with 40 organizations applying.
“We are heartened to support the work of organizations in Philadelphia that engage closely with their communities to improve education outcomes,” said Janet Haas, M.D., Board Chair of the William Penn Foundation. “This fund supports people and organizations that will lead Philadelphia to a more equitable, just, and inclusive tomorrow.”
About William Penn Foundation
The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In 2021, the Foundation will grant more than $117 million to support vital efforts in the region. www.williampennfoundation.org