Philadelphia Inquirer: Walton Family Foundation gives generous grant to city schools

By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer

The Philadelphia School Partnership has received a $5 million challenge grant from the Walton Family Foundation to help create and expand high-quality city schools.

It’s the largest gift from a national philanthropy the nonprofit partnership has received since its founding in 2010.

“We’re thrilled to get a big contribution like this,” said Mark Gleason, the partnership’s executive director. “What is especially encouraging about it is this makes more than $10 million we’ve attracted from national foundations to Philadelphia after years and years of [grants] not coming to Philadelphia. This is a sign there’s a real opportunity in this city.”