The Allerton Foundation has supported EarthFest since 2012
Held at Temple University’s Ambler campus, EarthFest is one of the largest and most successful environmental education programs for school children in the Philadelphia region. Last year, more than 7,000 people attended EarthFest, including students from pre-kindergarten through high school, teachers, parents, and chaperones. Sixty-two schools from the five county area and seventy-eight exhibitors participated. The mission of EarthFest is to promote environmental awareness and STEM education using sustainable concepts, methods and practices to protect and preserve our environment. The event is designed to educate children, teachers and families of all background about environmental advocacy; giving them the tools to promote sustainability in their communities. EarthFest 2017 will be held on Friday, April 28th. Because of support from the Allerton Foundation, thousands of students from the Delaware Valley region will be able to attend free of charge.
The Ford Foundation has contributed over $800,000 to Temple’s prison exchange program
This year, the Ford Foundation continued its partnership with Temple University with a grant of $150,000 to support the Inside-Out Center. The Inside-Out Center creates opportunities for people inside and outside of prison to have transformative learning experiences that emphasize collaboration and dialogue and that promote leadership in addressing crime, justice, and other issues of social concern. The Inside-Out Center and the Ford Foundation share the core value that, in order to redress deeply entrenched social, political, and economic inequalities, social change must include the participation of a broad public as well as the leadership of historically marginalized people. Lori Pompa, who runs the initiative, was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching from the American Society of Criminology.
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation has supported Temple University’s students with disabilities for over 35 years with over $1.4 million in funding
More than 2,200 students are registered with Temple University's Disability Resources and Services (DRS) department, and the university is committed to ensuring these students have full access to the university experience. Two funds matched by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation (the Newcombe Foundation) support students who have a disability that significantly impacts mobility, and who face substantial financial barriers in pursuing their education. This scholarship assists students with tuition dollars, academic expenses, and disability-related expenses. It can mean the difference between attending Temple full-time, part-time, or not at all. The first fund was founded in 2008 by Theresa and Orin Hollander in memory of their son Matthew Hollander. The second fund was founded in 2010 in memory of Joshua Winheld.
$400,000 pledge from the Maguire Foundation to include Temple University as one of the Maguire College Scholars’ higher education partners
Through individual scholarship support, the Maguire College Scholars Program helps make a high-quality education possible for students in need and in good academic standing. The goal of the program is to support and enrich the leaders of tomorrow by providing an opportunity for an excellent education. Thanks to a pledge from the Maguire Foundation to include Temple as one of the Maguire College Scholars’ higher education partners, 18 students were able to receive scholarship support for the 2015-2016 academic school year. A new cohort of students will be added in the fall of 2016.
$300,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and $180,000 grant from the Barra Foundation for the development and implementation of the new Symphony for a Broken Orchestra initiative
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced fifty-three grants totaling more than $10 million to cultural organizations and artists in the Philadelphia area. With additional support from the Barra Foundation, Temple Contemporary, will develop and implement a new project, Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a two-year initiative committed to re-imagining sustainable art education throughout the Philadelphia School District. As part of this work, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang will be creating a visionary new composition featuring the District’s 1,500 broken instruments, set to premiere in October 2017. Following the performances, all fixable instruments will be repaired and returned back to the School District in the fall of 2018, along with instrument repair kits, allowing any broken instruments in the future to be repaired.
PECO Scholars Program Supports STEM Students
The PECO Scholars Program provides scholarship support for talented Temple students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics
During the 2015-2016 academic year, the PECO Scholars Program provided scholarship support to 14 Temple students pursuing their bachelor's degrees in a STEM-related discipline. PECO scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic achievement and leadership potential but face financial barriers from achieving their college degree. Since it was established in 2010, the PECO Scholars Program has provided a total of $150,000 in scholarships to 76 students from the five county area.
Serving 21 st Century Information Needs through Data Preservation
$35,000 award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will fund the early planning stages of future-proofing civic data
Temple University Libraries has been awarded $35,000 in funding as one of 14 winners of the 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries (“How might libraries serve 21 st century information needs?”). In collaboration with OpenDataPhilly – a community-run information portal of open data about Philadelphia – Chad Nelson, senior digital library applications developer, and Joseph Lucia, dean of Temple University Libraries, will be investigating how libraries can assist with preservation and long- term access to open civic data through community information portals, so that important data doesn’t seemingly disappear. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation received more than 600 proposals. Temple was one of just 14 institutions awarded grant funding.
New Laboratory Equipment Improves Experiential Learning
$75,000 grant from The McLean Contributionship for laboratory equipment that will enhance undergraduate STEM curricula and research capacity in horticulture, plant physiology, and plant ecology
Temple has been awarded a $75,000 grant from The McLean Contributionship for the purchase of scientific laboratory equipment that will increase experiential learning, and improve the STEM experience and capabilities of students at the Temple Ambler Campus. More specifically, the grant will be used to purchase Gas Chromatography Mass spectrometry (GC/MS) equipment, an instrument used to separate, identify, and quantify complex mixtures of chemicals. With the purchase of this new GC/MS equipment, faculty research capacity at Temple’s Ambler Campus will greatly increase.
Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program
Ace Group, PNC Bank, and Waste Management are some of the companies taking advantage of this program
Through the EITC Program, companies are provided a tax credit of up to 90 percent for a two-year commitment toward the amount a business owes in state taxes. Contributions to Temple through the EITC program leave companies with a much smaller state tax bill, while supporting Temple’s vital, high- quality educational programs serving Philadelphia’s public school children. Temple is proud to partner with Chubb, PNC Bank, Waste Management, and Centric Bank to receive over $60,000 in 2016.