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Philadelphia Children's Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Education, Educational Services, Urban & Community Economic Development, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

Mike B.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Pat R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Edward Anthony Welch III

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Andrea S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PCF is committed to ensuring that all of our young people in Philadelphia have opportunities to thrive in education. They help to provide libraries in schools that sadly do not have any. They help to mentor our teens by connecting them with professionals who can aspire them to achieve. I am glad to be a supporter of PCF and I urge others to join me.

Andrea Swan, Temple University

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work the Philadelphia Children's Foundation is doing with their Career Club Program in the Philadelphia School District is having a tremendous impact. It is important for young people to be able to see different careers and begin the life planning process. This program should be implemented throughout the city because career development is vital.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PFC staff are knowledgable, organized and caring. In carrying out their mission I met with students to assist in learning about presentation skills which will assist to increase career prospects. Being able to share information to the youth of the future takes just a small amount of time to make an impact. I look forward to a continued relationship with PFC and the growth of their organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PCF is a great non-profit that young students can only benefit from. They have extended their program to a few Philadelphia Public schools that are in high demand for people who care about the outcome of our youth. I believe this foundation will do great things for our inner city youth!

Donor

Rating: 5

PCF provides desperately needed service and support for school children througout Philadlephia. Considering the large number of children that are either unaware of or do not have access to the services necessary for their future success PCF's mission is critical.

Donor

Rating: 5

The mission of this organization may be the most worthwhile cause in Philadelphia. A price tag cannot be placed on giving children opportunities they may not have had otherwise. I personally learned so much about teamwork and challenging myself throughout my college rowing career. Help make the PCF Regatta bigger to fund more boats of kids rowing on a more regular basis!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Philadelphia Childrens Foundation for three months during the Summer. I helped with a book drive where this non-profit organization donated 1000 books to Dunbar Elementary School. I also helped with the expansion of PCFs career-centered website,which has age-specific pages connecting students to information and activities that fosters success. I went to a resource fair in which we handed out information about PCF so more and more Philadelphia residents can be aware of the helpful resource website PCF has. I also helped with PCF's annual regatta. The regatta was a fundraising event with proceeds going to the expansion of PCFs resource website and towarads the development of outreach programs. Philadelphia Childrens Foundation changes the lives of children, teens, and adults in Philadelphia everyday. I am very happy I had the opportunity to volunteer for them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are activities and resources available to me that I did not even know existed. I can find help for me and my children and fun activities for us to do!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity This non=profit attended an event held by Rep. Brendan Boyle and they did a great job. They informed parents of their various services and educated Rep. Boyle and our staff on how they can help us. The material that they provide is outstanding. Their Executive Director even helped out in our academic challenge as a moderator.