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FAQs

Question:

What is a partner, as defined by your office?

Answer:

Partners ARE:

  • fully funded
  • organizations (non-profit, corporations, government agencies, etc.)
  • providing programs/services to SDP school communities
  • at no cost to the School District of Philadelphia or its schools

Partners are NOT:

  • Individual volunteers (please visit philaosp.weebly.com/volunteers)
  • Organizations who charge SDP, schools or families for their programs/services
  • Organizations seeking funding for their programs/services
  • Researchers (without programs/services)

Question:

My program does not currently have funding, and/or my program charges either students, schools, or the School District for services. Where can I look for resources?

Answer:

You can visit the Office of Grant Development website for grant resources.


Question:

How can I connect with schools to begin or expand a program?

Answer:

Please fill out our Partnerships Inquiry form. After you have completed this form, we will review your information and contact you with the appropriate next steps!


Question:

How can I learn about the City of Philadelphia’s Community Schools Initiative?

Answer:

The Mayor’s Office of Education launched the first cohort of Community Schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

Read more about each Community School, the overall initiative and receive updates from the Mayor’s Office of Education:  Community Schools.


Question:

How can I request a Letter of Support?

Answer:

Visit the Grants Development website and follow their instructions. Please note that the committee meets biweekly, so please allow a few weeks to receive your letter. Email any questions and completed forms to grants@philasd.org.


Question:

When will my request for a Letter of Support be reviewed?

Answer:

Requests for Letters of Support are reviewed at biweekly meetings, which occur on Tuesdays. All dates are listed on the Grants Development website.  Please submit your request no later than the Friday before a meeting in order for your request to be reviewed.


Question:

What if my organization is applying for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC)?

Answer:

Pennsylvania DCED Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) is a state program that provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization.

There is a unique form to request an EITC letter of support, which can be found here.

Note: the District is not responsible for and cannot advise you on DCED EITC reports and other requirements. Please remember to review the PA DCED EITC guidelines.


Question:

How can I request necessary data?

Answer:

Complete the appropriate data request form for the Office of Research and Evaluation. You can also visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website to view public and charter school data that is available to the public.


Question:

What clearances do my employees and/or volunteers need in order to work with students?

Answer:

Please consult the Onboarding Guide for detailed guidance regarding the clearance policy.


Question:

How can I become an approved field trip site?

Answer:

Please follow these instructions to become a field trip site.

You can view the current list of District-approved field trip locations (as of 7/1/2017) and approved bus vendors.


Question:

What are the policies for volunteers that I should know?

Answer:

Please review the current District Volunteer Policy prior to volunteering

Review the Volunteer Policy Guide for details and guidance on volunteering in schools


Question:

How can I donate to schools?

Answer:

If you would like to donate monetarily, please visit the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia’s Donate Now page.

If you have materials you would like to donate to schools, please reach out to Students Helping Students with specific information about your donation. Contact Bill Zandi at bill@emailshs.org.


If your question wasn’t answered here, please feel free to contact us at:
partnerships@philasd.org

Last modified: September 11, 2017