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Pincus Family Foundation

The Pincus Family Foundation supports organizations and programs promoting children’s health, education, safety, nutrition, play-recreation and the arts locally and worldwide. Established in 2005, the Pincus Family Foundation was founded by Philadelphia philanthropists David and Gerry Pincus. The late David Pincus and his family was an American clothing manufacturer. 

David Pincus helped establish clinics in Harlem for children with AIDS, and similar clinics for children in South Africa and in the Dominican Republic. The late couple were also avid art collectors. The foundation recently gave a $1.35 million gift to love.fútbol to develop five projects in 2019 and 2020, including two all-new community sports fields in Philadelphia located in in lower-income communities, as well as, supporting the development of similar projects in Mexico City and the Dominican Republic.

Partners include West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation (home to the David N. Pincus Global Health Fellowship), Temple University (Pincus Urban Health Fellowship), Swarthmore College- Chester’s Children Chorus, Solar Youth, Smith Memorial Playgrounds, Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, Project HOME, Mighty Writers, Playworks Energized, the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, DePaul School, Steppingstone Scholars, Glassboro Child Development, Connecticut Center for School Change, Artecon, and Edible Schoolyards.

In the past two years, PFF has worked to strengthen their programming to directly impact the education of children in under-resourced areas to significantly close the many ‘gaps’ that are present for children and families experiencing poverty. Recently, they partnered with The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. This partnership targeted the technology gap in education experienced by children in under-resourced communities and school districts. PFF looked at the 1:1 (one student to one laptop/chromebook) technology access of students in the surrounding suburban school districts, where the majority of districts provide laptops or chromebooks to students upon entering the middle years grades for use until 12th grade.

Although most school districts have internet in school buildings, they continue to scrounge for the funds to provide access to laptops, iPads, chromebooks and present generation desktop computers. Without access to technology in the classroom, students will not be equipped or will struggle to utilize the tool of technology in their secondary and postsecondary education experience. The technology access gap directly reflects the lack of equity in education in urban and rural communities.

PFF knows that these partnerships in education are important. The leadership and staff at the Middle Years (MYA) school in West Philadelphia, where 100% of their students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, used the funding as a catalyst to not only professionally develop their teachers but to professionally develop students and parents about the broad possibilities for their learning community with the access to technology. Teachers and students are showing significant growth academically, socially and the world of learning and possibilities are expanding for the MYA school community.

PFF seeks to continue their impact for students in the middle year grades. The research demonstrates that it is vital that all students, but specifically students in under-resourced communities, remain engaged in their learning and education during these years, in order to continue their connection to learning throughout high school.