Educational Institutions

The Philadelphia Education Fund

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • http://www.philaedfund.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Philadelphia Education Fund is to improve the quality of public education in Philadelphia and the region, so that youth are prepared for college and careers. We believe that opportunity should be for all young people, not only the fortunate few, and focus on three levers towards that end: 1. Recruiting, training, and supporting teachers. 2. Working with schools and students to ensure that young people finish high school and realize post-secondary success. 3. Advancing critical agenda and dialogue at the city level.

Main Programs

  1. Teaching and Learning Programs
  2. Research Programs
  3. Programs to Help Students to Access and Succeed in Postsecondary Education
  4. Programs to Convene Public Education Stakeholders
  5. Civic Engagement Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Greater Philadelphia Region

ruling year

1987

President/CEO

Self-reported

Dr. Darren Spielman Ph.D.

Keywords

Self-reported

Public school reform; education reform; college preparation; postsecondary readiness

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Also Known As

The Ed Fund or PEF

EIN

22-2567982

 Number

1154017442

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Three primary goals guide the work of the Philadelphia Education Fund:


Create high-performing secondary schools (grades 6 – 12) where public school diplomas are synonymous with rigorous and high quality education that leads to post-secondary success. 


Provide all students with access to postsecondary education opportunities and the assurance that they can complete appropriate and rigorous classes to allow them to succeed in college and career.


Create strategic alliances to support student success from Pre-K through college.

During 2008-09, we provided college assistance for over 10,000 individuals, and over $1 million in college scholarships to 297 Philadelphia public high school graduates.

 

Our dropout prevention research, conducted in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, continues to gain wide recognition and application regionally and nationally. Guided by this research, the School District of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia have begun to focus dropout intervention efforts on specific risk factors, emphasizing 6th grade. A major scale-up effort modeled on our Early Warning Indicators Project will be implemented in nine large cities across the country over the next several years.
 

In March 2009, the Ed Fund was chosen, along with partners Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and the Fleisher Art Memorial, to lead the Arts for Children and Youth Initiative, which seeks to bring arts learning opportunities to children and youth in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Teaching and Learning Programs

The Philadelphia Education Fund enhances teaching and learning by: • Preparing new math and science teachers through its Philadelphia Teacher Residency program. • Co-convening a secondary education planning process with the School District of Philadelphia to address key issues to ensure student success in grades 6 – 12.  • Conducting dropout prevention programs through its Diplomas Now (Early Warning Indicators Project). • Managing the ArtsRising initiative.

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None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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None

Budget

Program 2

Research Programs

The Philadelphia Education Fund conducts research that fuels its work and that of others. This includes

• Preparing the Early Warning Indicators Study, with Johns Hopkins University, which identifies four dropout risk factors seen as early as 6th grade and is regularly cited locally, regionally and nationally.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 3

Programs to Help Students to Access and Succeed in Postsecondary Education

The Philadelphia Education Fund assists students to access and succeed in postsecondary education through the following programs: • The College Access Program, which provides support to make college an achievable goal. • The Philadelphia Scholars “Last Dollar” scholarships for College Access participants in good standing at accredited colleges and universities across the country. • The Philadelphia Postsecondary Success Program, which creates systemic change in schools, allowing students in low performing high schools to be better prepared to graduate from high school and succeed in college.

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None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 4

Programs to Convene Public Education Stakeholders

The Philadelphia Education Fund convenes public education stakeholders through:

• The Education First Compact, a monthly forum of education stakeholders that explores school reform issues and lends a critical perspective to the School District of Philadelphia;

• The Philadelphia Math & Science Coalition, a partnership of businesses, universities, the School District, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and other non-profits that brings resources and expertise to improve locally what is a national crisis – the quality of math and science instruction in public schools.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 5

Civic Engagement Programs

The Philadelphia Education Fund engages and informs public school advocates through its civic engagement efforts:

• The Small Schools Project, which partners with youth-led organizations to provide advocacy and leadership skills to support the development of high performing small neighborhood high schools.

• Community Learning Briefs to better inform public education advocates;

• Advocating with other statewide organizations for equitable and adequate school funding;

• Serving as a founding partner of the Greater Philadelphia Compact for STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] Education, which is helping the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to plan and establish STEM centers that will improve STEM instruction across the state.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Greater Philadelphia Region

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THE PHILADELPHIA EDUCATION FUND
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Philadelphia Education Fund

Leadership

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President/CEO

Dr. Darren Spielman Ph.D.

BIO

Darren Spielman, Ph.D., is the President/CEO of the Philadelphia Education Fund. Under his direction, the Ed Fund is actively engaged in issues of school reform, teacher quality, college access, and community engagement in support of public education. Prior to his appointment at the Ed Fund, Dr. Spielman served as Vice President of Workforce Development for the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) where he oversaw the workforce development business, managing a portfolio of programs known collectively as WorkReady Philadelphia that served over 12,000 youth in 2011. He served for five years as Executive Director of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, an award-winning academic-enrichment and teacher-training organization. Before leading Breakthrough, Dr. Spielman worked as Director of Adolescent Outreach and Research at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. He has consulted for organizations such as the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and the National Center for Adult Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Fund for Peace in Washington, D.C. Dr. Spielman holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The Philadelphia School and is also Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

STATEMENT FROM THE President/CEO

"Public education is fundamental to building vibrant communities and preparing the workforce for our global economy. Our region requires and deserves high quality public schools that can produce greater numbers of academically achieving graduates prepared for post-secondary success. As an agent of change, the Philadelphia Education Fund has a profound commitment to bringing these issues to the forefront and recognizes that public education cannot succeed without the support and engagement of the broad civic community."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Baker

Alcobra Inc.

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?