Philadelphia, December 21, 2015– Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund has exceeded its 2015 fundraising goal of $500,000. The Fund is a multi-year fundraising campaign to provide money to eligible District-managed, Charter and Archdiocesan, K-12 schools to purchase supplemental classroom supplies, including workbooks, paper, pens and pencils. Since the Fund’s launch in September 2013, more than $1.54 million has been raised.
“A successful learning experience starts with great schools, engaged teachers and administrators, and the basic supplies necessary to achieve academically. When our children have outdated books or not enough workbooks or when their classrooms don’t have paper or pens, we are doing them a disservice and limiting their chance for future success,” said Mayor Nutter. “The Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund helps ensure our neediest schools have the supplies they need to educate our city’s children. I want to thank all of the donors who have contributed to the Fund and want to encourage continued support of this worthy and important resource for teachers and students.”
From funds raised this year, 292 schools will receive funds:
- School District of Philadelphia, 212 schools;
- Charter, 67 schools;
- Archdiocese of Philadelphia, 12 schools; and
- Independent/Private, 1 school.
The Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund is a five-year fundraising initiative with an overall goal of raising $2.5 million. The City of Philadelphia contributed $200,000 at the campaign launch and will give a total of $1 million over the next five years.
The Fund is administered by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Funds are expected to be distributed in February 2016.
Contributions to the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund can be made online at www.UnitedForImpact.org/teachersupplies.