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Capitalization, Scale and Investment: Does Growth Equal Gain?New study, commissioned by the William Penn Foundation, examines the state of Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector.
Announcing Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative Reimagining the City’s Gateway
the Free Library of Philadelphia welcomed more than six million visitors.
Thirty percent of those visitors stopped in monthly. In a single year, those
visitors generated more than 3 million reference questions, which equates to
two questions for every man, woman and child who lives in the city today.
What are all of these people seeking? Information and services, access
and opportunities. Historically, libraries were a hub for learning, reading,
and research. Today, they are so much more, offering resources and assistance
in everything from technology training, social services, job coaching, and,
yes, literacy and education. To support this massive growth of the Free
Library’s role in the fabric of the city, the Free Library of Philadelphia is
partnering with the William Penn Foundation and the City of Philadelphia to
announce the transformational Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries
Initiative, reestablishing the Library as a central resource in every
neighborhood in Philadelphia, serving as a portal to learning, public services,
economic opportunity, recreation, and community engagement.
WPF News and Information
More than 7,200 Acres of Land Identified for Protection within Delaware River WatershedThe
William Penn Foundation and the Open Space Institute have announced the first
in a series of land preservation projects intended to protect the drinking
water supply for residents in the Delaware River Watershed. The suite of projects
are all part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), a multi-year,
$35 million preservation plan, capitalized one year ago by the William Penn
Building more successful cities the focus of new $11 million investment
Can civic places, including libraries, parks, trails, plazas
and community centers, be reimagined to make cities more successful? The John
S. and James L. Knight Foundation and William Penn Foundation are investing $11
million in an initiative led by Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park Conservancy to
test this idea. The initiative will explore whether reinventing and connecting
these public places as a network of civic assets will help cities attract and
keep talented workers, advance economic opportunity, encourage residents to
become more engaged in shaping their communities, and begin to level the
playing field between more affluent communities and those in need.
NBC10 Reports on $11M Plan to Spruce Up Fairmount Park Includes High Line, Outward Bound Plans
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A Blueprint for Early Care and Education Quality Improvement Initiatives
Child Trend’s conducted a national scan, commissioned by
WPF, that addresses questions about how to effectively develop and implement
technical assistance initiatives for early childhood programs. The study
highlights best practices from existing research and early learning experts.