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Nonprofit Organizations Awarded More than $8 Million from William Penn Foundation for Continued Relief Efforts Supporting Philadelphia Families

Thursday, June 17, 2021

PHILADELPHIA (June 17, 2021) – The William Penn Foundation today announced 90 grants totaling more than $8 million to support nonprofit organizations focused on families’ basic needs and children’s education as Philadelphians continue to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the Family Recovery Fund, a one-year, $10 million initiative supporting both direct grantmaking and matching funds, the William Penn Foundation awarded grants to dozens of organizations providing access to healthy food, support for families to stay in their homes, and enhanced K-12 learning opportunities.

“After a year of virtual schooling, children must come first this summer. Their needs, educational experiences, and playful learning opportunities are essential to Philadelphia’s recovery,” said Janet Haas, M.D., Board Chair of the William Penn Foundation. “So too are efforts to help families stay nourished and remain in their homes. For the allocation of these grants we relied on the expertise of peers and colleagues with experience in these fields, and are grateful for their guidance, which helped us allocate grant funds more quickly.”

Later this year, the Family Recovery Fund will support additional grantmaking in job training and workforce development.

“Through this process, we sought to place greater emphasis on organizations that reflect and engage the communities they serve,” Haas said. “We are pleased to award Family Recovery Fund grants to nearly 90 organizations, many of which are first time grantees of the William Penn Foundation.”

CLICK HERE to view a complete list of Family Recovery Fund grantees.

About William Penn Foundation           
The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In 2021, the Foundation will grant more than $117 million to support vital efforts in the region.