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NE Frankford Boys & Girls Club Gets $50,000 Boost From Comcast funding

Apr. 29, 2015 1:06 pm

NE Frankford Boys & Girls Club Gets $50,000 Boost From Comcast

Northeast Frankford Boys & Girls Club has served young people in the Frankford section of Philadelphia since 1938, though the neighborhood has changed drastically over time. Sixty-five percent of families in the community now live below the poverty line, according to Lisabeth Marziello, the co-chief executive officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. […]
PACDC 2015 Mag looks at Equity and Race in Community Development people

Apr. 29, 2015 11:52 am

PACDC 2015 Mag looks at Equity and Race in Community Development

PACDC Executive Director Rick Sauer at 2015 gala   The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations’ (PACDC) annual magazine is both an overview of trends in the community development sector and a vehicle for promoting the organizations and individuals that comprise it. The 2015 issue, released last week, focuses on the issues of equity and […]
Going Public as a B Corp, Investing in Better Data, Embracing Rapid Rehousing – Social Impact Across the U.S. method

Apr. 21, 2015 11:04 am

Going Public as a B Corp, Investing in Better Data, Embracing Rapid Rehousing – Social Impact Across the U.S.

Online craft bazaar Etsy went public last week on the Nasdaq stock market, making it only the second for-profit company with a B Corporation certification to do so. A report by the New York Times states that the public offering is a kind of “experiment in corporate governance, a test of whether Wall Street will embrace […]
Wells Fargo Awards $750,000 to New Kensington CDC To Spur Neighborhood Development funding

Apr. 20, 2015 11:30 am

Wells Fargo Awards $750,000 to New Kensington CDC To Spur Neighborhood Development

The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation has awarded a five-year, $750,000 grant to New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) that will support a resident-driven revitalization plan for the neighborhood known as North of Lehigh. “New Kensington has spent a number of years working to organize the neighbors in that area, which was an area that had […]
[RECAP] Arts and Parks TweetChat Leading to Mayoral Forum 4/22 purpose

Apr. 16, 2015 11:08 am

[RECAP] Arts and Parks TweetChat Leading to Mayoral Forum 4/22

On Wednesday, April 15, Generocity, Groundswell and Philadelphia Parks Alliance held a tweet chat around arts and parks to generate public discussion around these quality-of-life issues and the Mayor’s role in strengthening both sectors before the #ArtsParksForum with the mayoral candidates on 4/22: [View the story “[RECAP] Arts and Parks TweetChat leading to Mayoral Forum […]
How Philadelphians Had A Role In Creating A 250 Mile Audible Map of Philadelphia method

Apr. 14, 2015 1:41 pm

How Philadelphians Had A Role In Creating A 250 Mile Audible Map of Philadelphia

Several Philadelphia residents had a role in creating “250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia” a new city narrative created by PolakVanBekkum, a Netherlands-based artist duo comprised of Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum. For the project, Polak and van Bekkum divided the city into a grid and asked volunteers to make recordings from each sector. The participants […]
How Federal Guidelines are Stunting Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) results

Apr. 13, 2015 1:30 pm

How Federal Guidelines are Stunting Storefront Improvement Program (SIP)

The Commerce Department’s Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) reimburses business owners in select commercial corridors up to $15,000 for small improvements to their storefronts, such as installing new awnings or signs or putting on a fresh coat of paint. The celebrated program has sparked investment in corridors across the city, from delis in West Philadelphia to […]
Microgrants Fund Teens Cleaning Up North 5th Street, Anti-Litter Art, and A Tool Library funding

Apr. 7, 2015 12:30 pm

Microgrants Fund Teens Cleaning Up North 5th Street, Anti-Litter Art, and A Tool Library

Today, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful announced the winners of its microgrant program: two $1000 grants will go to the South Kensington Community Partners (SKCP) and the North 5th Street Revitalization Project (N5SRP), and the Passyunk Square Civic Association will receive a $500 grant. The microgrants are aimed at providing seed funding for impactful and innovative anti-litter […]
Tree Planting Marks the Start of 52nd Street Revamp results

Apr. 3, 2015 12:30 pm

Tree Planting Marks the Start of 52nd Street Revamp

There are only a scattering of trees left on the 52nd Street commercial corridor, which runs roughly from Spruce to Arch streets in West Philadelphia. Empty square plots with iron grates designed to fit a tree trunk sit empty. The few remaining trees are either recently planted and still held up by wooden supports, or […]
Superheroes Cleaned Up Penn Treaty Park On Saturday method

Apr. 3, 2015 11:30 am

Superheroes Cleaned Up Penn Treaty Park On Saturday

Those who frequent Penn Treaty Park know how littered it is with plastic bags, beer cans, shattered glass, cigarette butts and the empty packs they used to call home. The trash is surely enough to steer potential visitors clear of the riverfront park. Fishtowners, fear no more. A team of superheroes wielding trash bags and […]