Check Out What the William Penn Foundation is Doing to Control Water Pollution

With an ambitious mandate to preserve and protect the Delaware watershed, the William Penn Foundation is helping bridge the gap between farmers and municipalities. One recent major grant will underwrite an effort to look more closely at how local farms operate and better understand ways they contribute to water pollution.
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Is Having a Finance Guy Lead the Penn Foundation Good for Philly's Nonprofits?

Penn's grantmaking is likely to become more focused on the bottom line of impact, with grantees having to do more to demonstrate high effectiveness and performance. That will leave many nonprofits groaning, and some out in the cold, but those who really deliver the goods stand to benefit under the new regime.
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The Strategy Behind William Penn’s Arboretum Grant

The William Penn Foundation recently announced a two-year, $300,000 grant to the Awbury Arboretum in Northwest Philadelphia. However, the William Penn Foundation doesn’t plan on giving the Awbury Arboretum money for long— actually, the grant was made to ensure the institution becomes self-reliant and can keep on going without outside assistance.
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How the William Penn Foundation is Protecting Drinking Water for 15 Million Americans

The Philadelphia metropolitan area lies in the Delaware watershed, along the longest un-dammed river east of the Mississippi. Simply put, a watershed is the land that water moves across and under as it flows. This particular watershed provides water for drinking, commercial, industrial, and recreation purposes for over 15 million people in Philadelphia, New York City, and along the east coast.
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Who Should Pay for Bike Trails: Private Foundations or Tax Payers?

Trails might be getting a little more treacherous for hikers and bikers in Philadelphia. The pool of money that the William Penn Foundation supplied to build a regional trail system has run dry, and the foundation isn't planning on supplying any more.
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Not Just Sour Grapes Over Philadelphia Cultural Fund's 2013 Appropriations

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.

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Lenfest Foundation Initiates Shutdown Sequence

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.

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Penn Foundation Weighs in on the Philadelphia Charter School Controversy

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.

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