$750K gift from the Horner Foundation will support PSP’s work in expanding access to great schools

Philadelphia – The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) announces the Horner Foundation has made a $750,000 gift to Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) to advance its work in improving outcomes for low-income students and responding to the demand of families by expanding access to quality schools.

The Horner Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Victoria, British Columbia, and England. Its primary mission is for all youth to be empowered to realize their full potential to become active participants in their communities. The Foundation looks to foster positive youth development through out of school time (OST) and experiential learning opportunities, primarily with middle and high school youth.

The Horner Foundation stated, “We believe that improving the education experience for all inner-city youth is critical to lifting our students into 21st century jobs and economic security. Over the last eight years, PSP has been the catalyst of change in the Philadelphia school system, and the Horner Foundation is excited to support the Partnership’s important work.”

PSP is the city’s primary source of startup capital for new and expanding schools. Since its inception in 2011, PSP has invested in high-achieving schools and leaders to help them reach more students, and ultimately change more lives. PSP has deployed nearly $60 million to support more than 65 schools of all types, including public district, public charter, and parochial schools, in the creation of 28,000 new, quality seats—more than 80% of which serve low-income students. Through strategic investments in schools, leadership, and empowering families to make informed choices, PSP supports an ecosystem in which schools can drive and sustain academic growth—not just for a few students, but across the entire education landscape in Philadelphia.

“Horner joins dozens of other donors—including foundations, corporations and individuals—who see the power of investing together to accelerate the creation of effective schools in a city that faces so many challenges,” said Mark Gleason, Executive Director of PSP.

The Horner Foundation gift continues the momentum of PSP’s Great Schools Fund II campaign. Following on the heels of a major gift by F. William “Bill” and Katie McNabb, it moves the Fund even further past the halfway point toward its goal of $60 million. Great Schools Fund II aims to support the creation and expansion of dozens of new schools, yielding nearly 15,000 new, quality seats.

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