The Pew Charitable Trusts recently announced that they are awarding $4.25 million to four Philadelphia nonprofits.
The nonprofits were selected based on their work to fill opportunity gaps and address the growing impact of violence on local residents.
One of the awards is a five-year, $3.5 million Pew Fund Growth Grant to the University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative to help create pathways to mobility economy for nearly 2,500 city residents.
University City District Chairman Matt Bergheiser told the Philadelphia Business Journal that the new grant will enable the initiative to reach twice the number of people it has already reached.
“A grant like this…just allows us to accelerate the pace and scale of our work to change more lives, to bring more untapped talent to Philadelphia workplaces, and we think that’s transformative for Philadelphia’s economy,” he said.
With the new funding, the initiative will help increase the number of entry-level workers it prepares for mid-level jobs; provide additional coaching and training to program alumni; and expand its services to other neighborhoods and industries in the city.
According to Pew, this is one of the largest grants in the history of the University City District.
The additional Pew Venture grants will go to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Violence Intervention Program, Drexel University’s Healing Hurt People Program and Temple University Hospital’s Trauma Victim Support Advocates Program.
Each will receive venture capital grants of $250,000 over two years to support their efforts while increasing coordination and opportunities to share practices among providers and with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Scott Charles, head of trauma awareness at Temple Hospital, said the new grants will be used to add professionals to its trauma team, including a placement specialist, social worker, psychologist and case manager. who will coordinate care.
“We’re going to take one of the worst things that could happen to someone and recognize the opportunity that might exist to improve their situation,” Charles said. The Philadelphia Tribune.
Philadelphia has seen a drastic and alarming homicide rate in recent years, already reaching 300 homicides this year earlier this month.
The city has seen an increase in homicides every year since 2016, including a staggering record of 562 homicides in 2021.
The Pew Fund’s Growth Grants are specifically aimed at expanding the ability of Philadelphia-area health and social service organizations to provide high-quality, research-based services for people facing challenges rooted in poverty, while that venture capital grants are designed to help organizations implement promising approaches to new or emerging issues.
“Pew is thrilled to support these incredible organizations that are contributing to the economic mobility, safety and security of Philadelphians at this critical time as our region begins to emerge from the pandemic,” said Kristin Romens, Pew Project Director. Fund, in a press release. .
“We hope to see further evidence that these programs not only help victims recover physically and emotionally from the trauma of abuse, but also have long-term positive impacts on the overall well-being of individuals and families,” she added.