Our Mission:

Philadelphia Children’s Foundation supports 21st century skill-building for economically disadvantaged K-8 school students, through computers and book donations, hands-on computer literacy classes, IT clubs and other efforts to help today¹s children become tomorrow’s leaders.


PCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Philadelphia public schools by installing internet-ready computers in classrooms and publicly accessible locations. We also help outfit school libraries with books, provide computers to low-income families that do not have them, and teach 3D printing and computer literacy classes.

Our mission is to help children of all ages find their passion, develop needed skills, and make positive career and life decisions for a successful future.

  • Improving reading skills.  40% of Philadelphia students scored below proficient in reading & 22% of the city’s population is illiterate and 41% of Phila households do not have a computer.
  • Decrease drop-out rates.  42% of students entering 9th grade in 2006 failed to graduate in 2010.
  • And address youth unemployment.  The unemployment rate is 22% for Philadelphia residents ages 20-24, and 76% of Philadelphia households are economically disadvantaged.

How P.C.F. Got Started/History

Founder John Bannan shown on the left along with other current and past Board members.

Founder John Bannan shown on the left along with other current and past Board members.

John Bannan formed the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation (PCF) in July of 2006. It was John’s involvement with sports and the mentoring relationships he had with his coaches that helped him become a successful Olympic Rowing Coach, business person, and leader of PCF.

John was motivated by three things: his passion to provide young people with the support they need to excel in life; the understanding that resources in the city are abundant, but do not connect fully with the community they aim to serve; and the educational inequality that many students in Philadelphia face.

In 2013, 4,500 students in grades K-12 in 20 area schools were touched by PCF’s programs.  PCF started libraries in 12 elementary schools with over 16,500 donated books and provided more than 1,500 refurbished computers to low-income families.

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