September 16, 2016 |
With six of her classmates from an after-school program in Camden, A'nkya Thomas, 16, rowed across the Delaware River in a whaleboat Wednesday morning. It was her first time paddling across the river. The Center for Aquatic Sciences program, she said, had helped her experience several other firsts as well: canoeing, kayaking, and holding a horseshoe crab with her bare hands. "We mess with these a lot," said Thomas, a student at Camden Charter High School, gesturing toward the crab in her hands.
August 24, 2016
A story Sunday incorrectly described the funding source for part of the Delaware River Heritage Trail. The $300,000 for Trenton's project came from the William Penn Foundation and is administered by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. A story Monday about child fatalities within the city's child welfare system wrongly described Richard Gelles' credentials. He is the former dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
May 31, 2016
St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Philadelphia, has named Paul Jaskot and Brendan Johnson to its board of trustees. Jaskot is a partner at Reed Smith L.L.P. Johnson is president and founder of 1852 Capital. Robert A. Korn has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association' s newly formed Master Mediator Panel for construction cases. He is a partner at Kaplin Stewart. Richard M. Hluchan, a partner in the law firm Hyland Levin L.L.P., Marlton, has been elected the next president of the Georgetown University Alumni Association.
May 9, 2016
Fairmount Water Works celebrated 200 years of the Water Works on April 16 with a garden-style brunch to recognize contributions of individuals and organizations who were instrumental in its growth. More than 210 attended, enjoying delicious food and drink while dining with views of the Water Works architecture, Boat House Row, and the Art Museum, with entertainment by a five-piece band from the University of the Arts. Honorees were Leslie Anne Miller (Bicentennial Steward Award), the William Penn Foundation and Dr. Janet Haas (Bicentennial Leadership Award)
April 21, 2016
By Carl Dranoff Philadelphia has gained its rightful place as a national model of urban renewal, and the proof is all around us. It is in our skyline punctuated by Liberty Place and the Comcast Center. It's along corridors such as the Avenue of the Arts, one of the most successful catalysts for economic growth in the United States. It winds through the Schuylkill River Trail, voted the best urban trail in America. And it's in the $6.7 billion of new development underway throughout the city.
March 24, 2016
By Beth Miller and Sharon Easterling In his first budget address, Mayor Kenney called for a $256 million investment in universal pre-K and a $300 million bond initiative to improve parks, recreation centers, and libraries in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. While this combination may seem ambitious to some, we believe it's an absolute necessity if we are to move forward as a city. As the mayor mentioned in his speech, nearly 80 percent of Philadelphia schools are in Pennsylvania's lowest performance tiers.
March 13, 2016 |
Deep pockets will be in Philadelphia next week. Representatives of more than 100 foundations with assets approaching $150 billion are gathering for the Funders' Network annual conference in Center City for three days. The group focuses on environmental, social, and economic issues, and counts some of the nation's biggest foundations, such as the Ford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, among its members. The meeting, which on Friday had 301 people registered to attend, puts Philadelphia in the spotlight at a time when there is a growing "national curiosity about what is happening in Philadelphia," said Shawn McCaney, director of creative communities and national initiatives at Philadelphia's William Penn Foundation.
March 9, 2016 |
The William Penn Foundation will commit a one-time, $15 million grant to improve and expand quality pre-K facilities in Philadelphia. The announcement marks the first major philanthropic investment in pre-K since Mayor Kenney announced his goal to make such care accessible to all city 3- and 4-year-olds. "This means an organization like William Penn is confident that this is the right initiative and we're the right people to do it," Kenney said. The grant is projected to create space for 1,500 preschoolers in quality centers by 2021.
September 3, 2015 |
There's a lot to like about the current state of the Philadelphia region's economy, particularly in the city, economist Mark Zandi said Tuesday afternoon during a panel discussion at the Union League of Philadelphia. "For the first time in a long time, it feels there's real underlying strength here," said Zandi, who is chief economist at Moody's Analytics. But the goal of the panel was to talk about what keeps the Philadelphia region from excelling economically like rival metro areas, such as Boston; Austin, Texas; and Seattle, and what can be done about it. Other members of the panel - sponsored by a nonprofit, Students Helping Students, which redistributes supplies and furnishings from wealthy schools to poor schools - were Jeremy Nowak, a consultant and former head of the William Penn Foundation, and Matt Cabrey, executive director of Select Greater Philadelphia, a group that markets the region to companies looking to relocate.