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How the governor pushed this nonprofit funding program through the budget impasse

Jan 4, 2016

Two state tax credit programs, EITC and OSTC, were held up by the 2015 PA state budget impasse. This impacted hundreds of nonprofits, CSFP included, across the state, and imperiled the educational services of thousands of PA children. Read more about how those credits were finally released.

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Last-minute holiday gift from Wolf frees student aid

Dec 30, 2015

On Christmas Eve, Governor Wolf directed the DCED to release the tax credit approval letters for the EITC and OSTC program, freeing millions of dollars in tax credits to educational nonprofits across the state. The release was a welcome surprise for many–read more.

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The Year of Educational Choice: Final Tally

Dec 21, 2015

Read and learn more about the expansion of educational choice programs in areas across the United States, including Pennsylvania. Ina Lipman speaks of the budget impasse currently affecting Pennsylvania and hundreds of organizations and recipients.

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Education scholarships provide ‘blessing’ for family

Dec 21, 2015

A grandmother seeking ways to help her daughter pay $4,000 in private school tuition for three children says her prayers have been answered. “We were struggling where we were,” said Marcia Lee. Read more about the Lee family and what winning the scholarship has meant for their family.

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How the state budget impasse is hurting these 6 nonprofits

Dec 21, 2015

CSFP and five other great nonprofits: Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania (BBBS SEPA), Philadelphia Futures, Free Library of Philadelphia Need in Deed, and Summer Search Philadelphia, organizations in Greater Philadelphia, stand to lose $150 million in educational funding if no budget is passed before year’s end. ‪#‎ScholarshipsNotPolitics‬

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News and Notes

Scholarships for the Holidays

Dec 16, 2015

“I can’t believe it. Let me catch my breath.” –new CSFP parent R. Burns on learning that her child was selected from CSFP’s random lottery for special “opening day” scholarships this month. On December 15, over 200 children learned that they would receive an extra holiday gift this year: financial assistance to great K-8th grade…

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Press

The Art of Getting Opponents to “We”

Dec 7, 2015

Two seeming rivals, NEA President Becky Pringle and Jacqueline Hume Foundation Executive Director Gisele Huff, are working together on a vision that will re-imagine American education. Read on to see how their collaboration highlights the multi-faceted approach needed to improve our schools and the ways in which disparate groups are coming together, despite rivalries, in this New York Times Opinion piece.

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Letters: Budget bravado costing students

Dec 4, 2015

Lubin L’aventure & Seyna Mushington, two CSFP parents, speak about the budget impasse affecting organizations across Pennsylvania, including Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia- “All we want to do is for our kids to stay in schools we love. Governor, please don’t sacrifice their futures for political leverage.”

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News and Notes

CSFP Asks Governor Wolf to Release Tax Credit Approval Letters

Dec 3, 2015

More than 300,000 Pennsylvania children are at risk of losing much-needed educational services this year. CSFP and more than 700 other K-12th grade educational and scholarship programs in Pennsylvania are funded in large measure through the generosity of corporate donors utilizing two state tax credit programs: EITC and OSTC. The Governor’s office is not allowing…

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Events

MLK Day of Service – Application Distribution – January 16, 2016

Dec 2, 2015

CSFP will host a service project on January 16th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM to make Philadelphia families aware of our open scholarship application season. Volunteers from CSFP including the Parent Network, Young Friends and others will canvas Philadelphia neighborhoods and distribute CSFP scholarship applications and information to local businesses and organizations. Volunteer with…

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