Grants In Action

In November, Future Fund grantee Chester Upland Citizens for Education Progress president Charles Warren was elected to the Chester-Upland school board positioning him to lead the fight for students in the ailing school district. In January, in response to a petition filed by Chester Upland Citizens for Educational Progress, the Public Interest Law Center, and Education Law Center, federal judge Michael Baylson ordered the state of Pennsylvania to advance money to the district to keep its doors open.

Youth United for Change, a Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantee, received an award from the Schott Foundation for “activists and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and achieved extraordinary results in advocating for equity in public education.”

In a huge reversal, Congress voted this month to reinstate the ban on federal funding for syringe exchange. Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantee ACT UP Philadelphia organized a demonstration following the announcement. This ban comes after 20 years of organizing by ACT UP groups to get Congress to repeal the ban, which they did in 2010.

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is a unique donor-advised fund that brings organizers together with the members of the Phoebus Fund, established by Phoebe Valentine and Doc Hopkins. Thanks to a tip from Miles Smith—one of Valentine’s children and a trustee of the foundation—Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project was awarded a $30,000 grant from a national foundation in addition to their Phoebus grant.

See all of the 2012 Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grantees on our website at


  • In April, Community Grantmaking Committee member Dr. Rufus Lynch was awarded a prestigious Stoneleigh Fellowship to explore and address some of the barriers to fathers’ involvement with children.
  • In March, the Philadelphia Gay News named Bread & Roses executive director Casey Cook one of Philadelphia’s top LGBT “movers and shakers.”

America Starts Here, the Hate Stops Here! 1% Fund grantee JUNTOS brought hundreds of people to Harrisburg in May to tell legislators to end discrimination against immigrants.