Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) held a soiree at City Hall last month to announce the list of 244 groups who will collectively receive $1.6 million this coming year. Prominently absent from the list was Community Education Center (CEC) of Philly's Powelton Village neighborhood, an organization the fund had consistently supported in the past.
After giving away a bit more than a billion dollars over a bit more than a decade, philanthropist Gerry Lenfest announced that he plans to relinquish control as chairman of his foundation earlier than expected. Gerry and his wife, Marguerite, will sit on a new governing board of eight people at the foundation, headed by Keith Leaphart for the next year and a half.
The William Penn Foundation stuck a big fat flag with their name on it into Philadelphia's education sector with a $15 million check to The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) this past July. The money will aid Philadelphia's School Reform Commission (SRC) and, love it or hate it, the Great Schools Compact.