Jan 29, 2024

Jennifer K. Burns joins Philadelphia education non-profit in newly created role

PHILADELPHIAChildren’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) today announced the organization has hired Jennifer K. Burns as its first-ever Chief Advancement Officer, a position created to build relationships; enhance organizational reach and perception; and oversee annual fundraising and marketing strategies. Burns will lead CSFP’s development initiatives, with a key focus on the ongoing execution of the Breaking Barriers Campaign, which launched in 2022 with the goal of raising $100 million to serve more students with scholarships that follow them through 8th grade.  

“Jenn has a demonstrated track record of strategic leadership, a passion for delivering quality education,  and expertise in fundraising,” said Keisha Jordan, President and CEO of Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia. “With nearly 20 years of experience working in education, I know Jenn brings a well-rounded understanding of the needs of students and barriers they face. We are looking forward to working with her to provide access to safe, quality education to more Philadelphia children than ever before.”

Burns joins the CSFP team after more than a decade at Solebury School in New Hope where she served as Assistant Head of School and Director of Advancement. While in these roles, she launched the largest capital campaign in the school’s history and established a synchronized development and marketing strategy for the institution. Burns also volunteers with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Pennsbury High School Girls Basketball, and College of the Holy Cross, from which she received her bachelor’s degree in political science.

“This new position will allow me to expand my experience on the inside of educational institutions and translate that into strategies that broadly impact families who need it most across the city and I’m greatly looking forward to that,” said Burns. “I know the passionate team at CSFP and the incredible individuals, corporations, and foundations who value CSFP’s mission to remove barriers to quality education will help me to grow alongside them to exceed our goals.”

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About Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia  
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) is a privately funded program whose mission is to provide financial access for students from under-resourced Philadelphia families to safe, high-quality, tuition-based schools. It is the largest provider of scholarship support for grades K-8 in Pennsylvania. CSFP currently serves more than 6,100 students in K-8th grade enrolled at more than 150 area tuition-based schools, with scholarships of up to $3,200 per child, per year through 8th grade. CSFP scholarships are all need-based and awarded by random lottery.