The William Penn Foundation announced it had approved more than $2 million worth of new grants to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based groups, with much of the grant focused on helping youth and summer programs reopen safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The grants, totaling $2.6 million, will fund early childhood education, youth summer programs and employment, and food access. They are the latest grants the Foundation has expedited in recent months to address COVID-19 in Philadelphia.
Despite a reduced endowment because of the pandemic, the foundation will keep funding this year steady at $117 million. Its three program areas are Creative Communities, which focuses on arts and culture and community access to public spaces; Watershed Protection, which aims to improve and promote clean water in the Delaware River watershed; and Great Learning, which supports early childhood education and college and career preparation.
The William Penn Foundation was founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas. Their mission is to help improve education for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creative communities that enhance civic life and advance philanthropy in the Greater Philadelphia region.
This was reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer on June 30, 2020.
Contact information: The William Penn Foundation, Two Logan Square, 11th Floor, 100 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103; 215-988-1830; Website: https://williampennfoundation.org