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Better Block Foundation

To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.

Billy Penn

To promote audience engagement on new platforms by supporting Billy Penn, a local news service for mobile, to create an evolving, interactive real-time guide about experiments with mobile news.

Millenial Retention through Quality Public Schools

To help Philadelphia retain talented 25-34 year-olds who may leave the city due to a perceived lack of quality public schools by supporting The Fund's rebranding efforts, which includes promoting stories of excellence in public school education.

INVISIBLE RIVER 2015

To engage Philadelphia audiences with 'INVISIBLE RIVER 2015' - a site-specific interactive dance performance held on and along the banks of the Schuylkill River.

The Wilma Hothouse

To support talent development in Philadelphia's theatre community with 'The Wilma Hothouse' - a series of master classes and workshops led by internationally renowned theatre instructors.

The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation

Bringing people together to connect and engage in four Knight resident cities (Charlotte, Macon, Philadelphia and San Jose) with a musical swings installation that plays music when used and more complex melodies when people collaborate to use them together.

Reimagining the Civic Commons in Philadelphia

To invest in five civic assets in neighborhoods surrounding and near Center City Philadelphia, support collaboration among those assets and fund experiments to understand the ways such assets can deliver more value by working together while fostering talent, opportunity and engagement.

Welcoming America

To support Welcoming Cities, a program that helps cities to adopt policies and best practices to attract, retain and harness New Americans and immigrant talent.

Stage Three of Andy: A Popera

To support Opera Philadelphia and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in their production of the third installment of Andy: A Popera - an innovative cabaret opera inspired by the legacy, artistic process and fame of Andy Warhol.

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