Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). On any given day in Philadelphia, there are approximately 4,100 children in foster care due to abuse or neglect at the hands of their caregivers. Court Appointed Special Needs Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit 501c3 in Philadelphia, responsible for recruiting, training and supporting citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of these abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates – empowered directly by the Philadelphia Family Court – offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.
Green Light Fund Philadelphia addresses critical needs of Philadelphia’s low-income children, youth and families by identifying high-performing, innovative nonprofits in other communities and supporting them to expand to the city when they show the results needed to have a significant impact on local needs. GreenLight opened its Philadelphia site in January 2012, and made its first investments in Single Stop and Year Up, both of which will open in Philly this fall. GreenLight is a national organization with its headquarters in Boston and a site in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is also an intermediary for the Federal Social Innovation Fund.
harp-weaver LLC works with individuals and families on their philanthropy providing comprehensive foundation management and advisory services. The team works with clients in the Greater Philadelphia Area supporting donor interests professionally, ethically and cost-effectively. Network weavers, the firm brings people and organizations together to address issues of concern. Donors can be more strategic with their charitable dollars and more fulfilled with their involvement.
Philadelphia Collaborative Teacher Center is a recently formed non-profit organization that is envisioned as a hub for innovation and change – catalyzing teacher creativity, nurturing and elevating the art and skill of excellent teaching, and providing teachers with physical places to develop working relationships, explore new ideas and continually recharge. The Philadelphia Collaborative Teacher Center aims to create a citywide “community of teaching” that will support the work of teachers in public, public charter, and private schools. It will also serve as a key contributor to policy research and public discourse around pertinent issues concerning Philadelphia schools and teaching.
Scattergood Foundation is a Quaker-based, philanthropic, grant-making foundation committed to raising its voice to improve the system through which behavioral healthcare is delivered in the Philadelphia region. The primary mission of the Foundation is to use its endowment to seek opportunities that support productive dialogue and learning within the behavioral health field. The Foundation strives to activate leadership and collaborative endeavors by awarding targeted grants to address behavioral health needs in innovative ways. In addition, the Foundation seeks to use its land holding to improve the health outcomes of the surrounding community by creating opportunities to engage individuals in a variety of programs and activities designed to promote and improve health and well-being.
Spark Philadelphia re-engages underserved seventh and eighth grade students, keeping them on track and ready for success in high school and beyond through workplace-based apprenticeships that uniquely combine mentoring, project-based learning, skill building and career exploration.
The Presser Foundation was formally established in 1939 under various deeds of trust of the late Theodore Presser. The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 under the Deeds of Trust and Will of the late Theodore Presser. It is one of the few private foundations in the United States dedicated solely to music education and music philanthropy.The Presser Foundation supports a broad range of classical symphonic, chamber, choral and vocal music performance and education through general operating and program grants to music organizations; capital grants for music building projects; undergraduate and graduate student awards; and assistance to retired music teachers. Much of the grant making focus of the Foundation is on organizations and institutions in the 75-mile radius surrounding Center City Philadelphia.
The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation supports arts and cultural programs in the City of Philadelphia with an emphasis on in-depth arts education and community-based arts programs. In addition, the Foundation presents 30 free professional development programs annually for artists who teach, and acts as an advocate and resource for artists and arts organizations.