Challenges business and philanthropic communities and individuals to donate to the Fund.
Philadelphia, September 11, 2013– Mayor Michael A. Nutter launched the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund, a new, multi-year fundraising campaign to provide funds to District-managed, Charter and Archdiocesan, K-12 schools in order to purchase supplemental classroom supplies, including workbooks, paper, pens and pencils.
“We owe it to every Philadelphia child to provide a high-quality, positive learning experience. Insufficient school supplies should not be the reason our children miss out on valuable opportunities,” said Mayor Nutter. “The goal of the Education Supplies Fund is to create a sustainable resource for Philadelphia schools to purchase additional classroom supplies for use by teachers and students.”
Mayor Nutter also announced a City-wide challenge to the business and philanthropic communities and individuals to raise $500,000 for the Fund by October 15th and $2.5 million over the next five years. The City of Philadelphia will contribute $200,000 this year and $1 million over the Five Year Plan to the Fund to kick-off the fundraising efforts.
“Our current education climate requires a different approach to ensure our young people have classrooms equipped to offer them a high-quality education,” Mayor Nutter said. “I am challenging everyone to step up and provide what is needed by our teachers and schools for our students by donating to the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund. I have said many times that we all have a role to play in helping the next generation of Philadelphians to succeed – this is a small but important component of our overall strategy of supporting education in our City.”
The Fund will be administered by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
“All children deserve access to a quality education from cradle to career, but our children cannot succeed in school if their teachers lack classroom essentials like paper, pencils and dry erase markers,” said Jill Michal, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “We’re proud to partner with Mayor Nutter and the City of Philadelphia to launch the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund because our teachers should be able to focus on our children without worrying about running out of supplies or whether they can afford to stock their classrooms themselves.”
In addition, Mayor Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund had received two donations:
- John and Dr. Janet Haas will match up to $30,000 in contributions for each of the next five years; and
- The Maguire Foundation will donate $20,000 per year for the next five years.
Contributions to the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund can be made online at www.UnitedForImpact.org/teachersupplies.