When we come together in common cause, we have the power to make important and long-lasting change. Engage with the Philadelphia Education Fund and a community of education stakeholders in efforts to advance the conversation and implement approaches that enrich public education to the benefit of low-income students.

900 individuals

attended an Education First Compact speaker session last year

$15 million

in scholarship aid awarded through the Philadelphia Scholars Program over the past 30 years

400 members

engaged in collaborative efforts to improve STEM education in the region

Join the Education First Compact Community

PEF’s Education First Compact brings together diverse perspectives through a free monthly speaker series designed to engage education stakeholders in robust discussion on pressing and timely education matters.

Sessions are FREE to attend.  

Attendees are invited to support Education First Compact by becoming a voluntary subscriber. Subscribers enjoy guaranteed admission to sell-out events and recognition as a series supporter at each monthly session. As a subscriber, your support makes the Education First Compact series possible. And, it ensures that PEF can continue to provide a forum for dialogue on the region’s most important education matters.

Monthly sessions run from September through June.
During Covid, we are presenting Education First Compact virtually. (Weekday mornings, times may vary)

Become a member of the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem

The goal of the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is to inspire all students to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by drawing on the rich STEM resources of the Philadelphia region. Members work to broaden, deepen, and accelerate access to high-quality STEM education for our students. To learn more, contact Betsy Payne, STEM Ecosystem Manager, at spayne@philaedfund.org.

Become a Philadelphia Ecosystem Member and join a collaborative regional effort now more than 400 members strong.

Become a Member of PEF’s Young Friends Committee

Young Friends serve as ambassadors for the Philadelphia Education Fund and are encouraged to expand PEF’s network through attendance at meetings, events, and through the planning of Young Friends activities that engage our alumni, as well as, individuals who share a passion for educational equity in the region. To join the Young Friends Committee, email Alysse Szur. 

Join the Philadelphia Scholars Advisory Committee

The Philadelphia Scholars Advisory Committee stewards the endowment that funds PEF’s Philadelphia Scholars Last Dollar Scholarship Program advises Scholars Program staff. Members play a critical role in ensuring the vision of Morris Williams and John Neff, the scholarship’s founders, is carried out and that the scholarship continues to serve the needs of Philadelphia students for whom a gap in their financial aid makes all the difference between going, or foregoing, a college education.

Individuals interested in joining the Philadelphia Scholars Advisory Committee may send a general expression of interest to the Committee Chair, Allison Kelsey, Senior Manager, Philadelphia Scholars Program.