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Rebuild Philadelphia

About Rebuild

Philanthropy Network members have taken leadership to provide philanthropic support of Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild), a seven year, $500 million joint public-private partnership to revitalize parks, recreation centers, playgrounds, and libraries across the City of Philadelphia as a way to fight poverty and strengthen neighborhoods.

In November 2016, William Penn Foundation announced a $100 million commitment to Rebuild – the largest single grant in the foundation’s history.  In an effort to draw more philanthropic and public funding for the effort, a portion of the foundation’s funding will be used to establish a pooled fund, with $1 given for every $2 raised.  Joining William Penn with early funding commitments to Rebuild are The Barra Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

With funding from the Knight and William Penn Foundations, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia has engaged a consultant to provide research and planning toward the goal of developing a collaborative framework for philanthropy to invest in Rebuild.  Philanthropy Network has convened a member-led Rebuild Leadership Group chaired by Kristi Poling of The Barra Foundation, who are guiding the process to draft an investment framework to support opportunities for broad philanthropic engagement to Rebuild. 

Via the Huffington Post: Unprecedented program aims to ‘Rebuild’ Philadelphia, serve as national community investment model.


(3.30.18) Rebuild has released a call for interest for businesses, nonprofits, or other professionals interested in working on Rebuild projects. This is an opportunity to market your services to Project Users and share information about your work. There are two call for interest forms:

  • Design and Construction -- This form is for architects, designers, contractors, suppliers, professional services firms (e.g., owner's representatives, project managers, accountants, etc.) and other professionals who work in the design and construction industries. 
  • Community Engagement -- This form is for community organizations, cultural organizations, artists, project managers, and others who have expertise in community outreach and engagement. 

Anyone who fills out a form will have their information entered into a searchable directory that will be shared with Project Users.  If you have any questions, please reach out to David Gould ([email protected]).