1250 Kids

Today we announced that the Great Schools Fund will invest nearly $3 million in three Philadelphia public schools giving 1,250 more students access to high-quality K-12 schools. Read more about the investments:

The grants will support the growth of First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School as well as two Mastery schools, Simon Gratz High School and Hardy Williams Academy, giving hundreds of young people a better chance at college and a successful career.

As Mark Gleason said, “The school budget crisis is a challenge for all public schools, but there are teachers and principals throughout the city who are still finding ways to create transformational change.”

To date, we’ve invested $34.4 million – that’s one-third of the way to our $100 million goal – in schools of all types in Philadelphia, including $20 million in public charter schools, $11.4 million in district schools and $3 million in private schools. These investments will give 15,000 more students a year access to a great education.

Please contact us to get involved in this effort to ensure all children in every neighborhood of Philadelphia can attend a great school.

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School Investments

Since 2011, we’ve invested nearly $60 million to give 25,000 more students access to high-quality schools.


Our goal is to raise $140 million by 2022 to invest in great schools of all types. To date, we’ve raised more than $80 million.

By the Numbers

We invest in schools of all types. Our committed funds are currently invested in charter (65%), district (25%) and private (10%) schools.


Our goal is to ensure 50,000 more students each year are on the path to college by 2022.