PCPCS Garners $300,000 Grant from The Heinz Endowments
June 06, 2012
The Heinz Endowments has awarded the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) a $300,000 two-year grant for the purpose of expanding efforts to drive quality and accountability in Pennsylvania charter schools.
“Due to its proven commitment and demonstrated influence in increasing quality, accountability and transparency in Pennsylvania charter schools, the Endowments is pleased to invest in PCPCS,” said Stanley W. Thompson, Education Program Director at the Heinz Endowments.
Each year, the Endowments provides an average of $60 million in grants, making it one of the top 50 foundations in the U.S. The Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.
The work of PCPCS aligns with the Endowments’ beliefs that all children should have access to quality educational options and that charter schools have special flexibility to provide educational opportunities to students who have been denied them in other settings. In 2011, the Endowments awarded a $100,000 grant to PCPCS to lay the groundwork for policy work to increase charter school capacity and quality.
“The continued support of the Heinz Endowments validates the work of PCPCS in helping to create high-quality educational options and bestows confidence in the Coalition as a leader in driving quality and accountability in public education,” said Lawrence F. Jones Jr., President of PCPCS. “This continuing investment by the Endowments will serve to further our mission of improving the educational options for all Pennsylvania students.”
The grant from The Heinz Endowments complements a recent funding award given by the Walton Family Foundation. Together, these grants will help grow efforts to drive quality and accountability in charter schools across the state.
About the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS)
PCPCS is dedicated to choice, quality, and accountability in public education. We advocate for legislation and policies that support those objectives and provide assistance to charter schools, with the aspiration of making every charter school in Pennsylvania a high performing public school. More than 105,000 children are enrolled in 167 charter schools throughout the Commonwealth and more than 40,000 are on waiting lists. For more information on PCPCS or charters schools, visit www.pacharters.org.
About the Heinz Endowments
The Heinz Endowments is based in Pittsburgh, where the organization uses its region as a laboratory for the development of solutions to challenges that are national in scope. Although the majority of giving is concentrated within southwestern Pennsylvania, the Heinz Endowments works wherever necessary, including statewide and nationally, to fulfill its mission. That mission is to help the region thrive as a whole community, economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally, while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which the Heinz Endowments works. The fields of emphasis include philanthropy in general and the disciplines represented by five grant-making programs: Arts & Culture; Children, Youth & Families; Community & Economic Development; Education; and Environment.