There is no limit to the potential education can unlock.

About the campaign

Every school year that goes by with thousands of Philadelphia students turned away from opportunities to succeed in an environment that best suits them is a year in which unjust barriers are allowed to stand. CSFP aims to give students who would otherwise attend a low-performing school the chance to seek other options. We ask you to join us in breaking down barriers and in lifting up Philadelphia students.

We strive to help create a future in which unjust barriers are not allowed to stand, where Philly kids can graduate from college or a post-secondary program of their choosing, and where students don’t have to worry about the financial implications of a quality, safe education. We ask you to join us in breaking those barriers down and in lifting those young people up.

In order to help more Philly Kids achieve economic and social success, Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) is committed to breaking barriers through this $100 million campaign.

Between now and 2027, we aim to:

Remove the existing 4-year limit on scholarships, so that all students receive support through completion of 8th grade and

Increase scholarship amounts and adopt a minimum scholarship level so that most families receive more money while

Continue to award 2,000 new scholarships each year and

Maintain an all-time high scholar retention rate of 85% in order to

Increase the total number of students receiving scholarships to 7,700 by 2027 as we also

Enhance programs that support families and improve the scholars’ experience.

With your help,
we can serve more students longer

Why Support Breaking Barriers?

At CSFP, we aspire to be part of a future in which all children in Philadelphia have a safe, quality education and their success breaks the cycle of generational poverty.

To date, CSFP has awarded scholarships to more than 30,000 students. As recently as 2021,

  • 82% of those we serve are students of color.
  • Their families’ average household income is $40,000.
  • 77% live in Philadelphia neighborhoods with the lowest performing public schools.

And we know that scholarships work!

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of CSFP alums graduate high school on time (vs 63% in the Philadelphia School District)

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of CSFP alums took college entrance exams (vs 45% nationally)

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of CSFP 8th graders attend high schools of choice, including some of the most selective

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of CSFP alums enrolled in college* (vs 54% in the Philadelphia School District and 28% nationally for comparable household incomes) 

Through scholarships, you can help bring our vision to life and make an investment in the future of Philly Kids.

Campaign progress

Follow along as we break barriers for thousands of Philadelphia students.

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invested in #PhillyKids as of
November 23, 2022.

To receive the best education possible suited to Josephine

Josephine

“To have the opportunity to get the best education in order to have a bright future doing what he loves.”

Christopher

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Get Involved

Through this campaign, you can make an essential investment in this vision. You can give in a variety of ways: 

Gifts via the EITC/OSTC Pennsylvania tax credit program (for individuals or businesses)
Outright donations via check, wire transfer, or credit card
Donor-advised fund distributions
Stock gifts (contact [email protected] for instructions)
IRA distributions
RMD distributions
Assets donated in kind
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