Philadelphia Children's Foundation

Rating: 4.79 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Economic Development

Location: 7600 Stenton Ave Suite 1B Philadelphia PA 19118 USA

Mission: The Philadelphia Children’s Foundation (PCF), founded in 2006, was created to bridge the educational and career opportunity divide between urban and suburban students. Our key initiative, the Philadelphia Children’s Connection (www.philly-connect.org), is a continually expanding virtual gateway of resources that will help thousands of students, parents, teachers, mentors, and service providers achieve academic success, build stronger family foundations, and increase career prospects. By facilitating a community of non-profits, increasing awareness of local resources in the area, and having career-centered programs, we will increase high school graduation rates and post-secondary enrollment, create safer streets, and increase career opportunities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough about how important PCF's technology distribution program is. I donated a computer and am working on getting more from friends and colleagues.

It is key that young people in particular continue to have ready access to PC technology and in our current climate of cutbacks for public education, PCF is filling an ever increasing void that can't be filled elsewhere. John Bannan and his staff need to be commended for recognizing a need and finding a way to try to fill it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

school environments where these resources are increasingly scarce due to our economy and ever increasing challenges to public education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to help PCF get more publicity in their efforts.

Rating: 4 stars  

PCF provided my children with a refurbished computer. I was so excited because now they dont have use my laptop that I use for school. When I went to pick up the computer the women were so nice and respectful to me. They even helped me carry the computer to my car without me even asking for help. I think their foundation is great especially since its to help the little people. Thank you PCF for you help!

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children are very thankful and love their new computer

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I wouldnt change a thing

Rating: 5 stars  

This organization really cares about kids and helping them succeed. I have been a donor off and on for a few years. I know personally some of the wonderful staff.

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I have seen them in action with kids with book drive, computer drive and tours of the city

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it get more donations so they can help more kids and families.

Rating: 5 stars  

I was asked to serve on the advisory board a few months ago and have been very impressed by the energy exhibited through this foundation. I felt compelled to reach out to colleagues and area businesses to to help with the cause. We have been able to locate and donate numerous computers, printers and monitors. I am also working on setting up discussions pertinent to the students.

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In seeing the happiness derived from the donated computers

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to broadcast their good works

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I think this Organization is great. They were professional and did a wonderful job.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is nice to know that money donated is being used locally to help Philadelphia children. I typically never donate money but after seeing and hearing all the great things PCF does for Philly kids, it was a no brainer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the smiling faces as kids got the opportunity to perform activities that were previously unavailable to them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any changes.

Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to the Philadelphia Children's Foundation as an alumnus of the Temple University Fox School of Business. This experience was ultimately very gratifying to me, as outlined in the blog post that I wrote about it. (http://patrocchi.blogspot.com/2011/03/talking-to-9th-graders-about-careers.html) I cam to realize that these bright young students may not have otherwise known about the career options they had ahead of them without exposure to my presentation. However, I was only the speaker; it was the PCF that drove this, as their coordinator, Carolyn Geers, offered me an array of locations where I could speak.

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I can't imagine that this organization could be more effective than it already is. Everything flowed smoothly.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It was an emotionally satisfying experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 4 stars  

I have been honored to have the opportunity to support the important efforts of the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. Everyone I have recommend to participate in their speaker programs have had very positive feedback on their involvement and praise for the program and Foundation itself. This is an organization that I hope will be supported for a long time to come as it is making a difference for our children and for our region.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

....hearing feedback from the individuals I have recommended

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

....position to grow staff and expand capacity

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Rating: 4 stars  

What can I say. Nice caring people who want to make the world a better place, once place at a time. Fortunately our place is first (Philly).

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Reaction in the students faces.

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None.

Rating: 5 stars  

I started my involvement with the PCF as a volunteer and liked it so much that I now serve on its Advisory Board. It has the potential to relate to so many of today's youth in so many ways. Book drives, career days, bookmobile, a work day visit at a company, and many other things both kids and their parents want their children to be exposed to. Look at the PCF website and pitch in and lend a helping hand. This organization rocks!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the reaction of teachers and counsellors to its approach to students of all ages; the awesome effect working within the organization has on the people who volunteer their time and energy to assist others; and the look on the childrens faces who have seen the information the PCF shares to allow them to "imagine the possibilities" this world has to offer to them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try and get more local companies to participate and have visits to their locations and explain what they do and how they do it. Students need to see the actual dayd to day workings of the real world and this organization provides that important contact.

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