Supporting Education

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia supports education through grants awarded to local charitable organizations and through direct service projects.

Our Foundation awards more than $30,000 annually. Recent grants have been awarded to provide funding for:

  • Tree House Books, a Giving Library and Literacy Center located in North Philadelphia, whose mission is to grow and sustain a community of readers, writers, and thinkers.

  • Musicopia, a non-profit that provides over 2,000 music programs to numerous schools in Philadelphia, giving more than 15,000 students the opportunity to learn about live music.

  • Beat the Streets Philadelphia, a nonprofit that implements after-school wrestling and mentoring programs for boys and girls as a vehicle in their mission to positively alter life’s trajectory for Philadelphia’s underserved youth. 

  • Waring Public School, to purchase books for take-home reading aligned with the 100 Book Challenge®, which incorporates several researched-based best practices in literacy and learning to create a highly effective reading program.

  • LaSalle Academy Educational Grant, for a graduating eighth grader from this school for future educational expenses. LaSalle Academy, in Kensington community of Philadelphia, serves a population of students whose families have an annual income under $18,500. The school has a student Early Act Club affiliated with the Rotary Club of Philadelphia.

  • West Catholic Prep Scholarship, for a graduating senior to help offset university expenses. West Catholic has a student Interact (service) club affiliated with the Rotary Club of Philadelphia.

  • Philadelphia READS, to support the outreach of this highly-effective non-profit in providing quality literacy programs for Philadelphia children. Their “Little READS Libraries” for daycare and pre-k classrooms in Philadelphia designed to spark a love of reading in students at an early age and encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education.

  • Liguori Academy Scholarship, to a student from this private, independent high school located in the Kensington community of Philadelphia, which offers individualized learning to students from underserved communities.

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Academy weekend at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, for two Liguori Academy students. These intensive educational leadership experiences help youth develop leadership skills while having fun and making connections.

  • Rotary Youth Exchange, for a stipend to a student from the Czech Republic who is attending Cheltenham High School. The program helps students ages 15‒19 learn a new language, discover a new culture, and become global citizens.

  • Summer Search Philadelphia, a program to motivate and encourage inner city youth to pursue higher education following high school.


Our club is involved with many hands-on community service projects directed at improving education. For example, our members…

…donated and directly distributed more than 20,000 thesauruses, dictionaries, atlases and library books over the past eight years to School District of Philadelphia and Archdiocese of Philadelphia students at more than 25 underserved schools.

…joined parents of students at Laura Wheeler Waring Elementary School to catalog library books for the newly re-established library at this school. 

…spent a Day of Service reading books to K-2 students at Bache-Martin Elementary School, a pre K–8 school located in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia. This Day of Service is part of the Rotary Club's $5,000 donation to Friends of Bache-Martin, enhancing children's literacy and love of reading.


…helped sort pallets of books and pack cartons for the Salvation Army learning centers.

…held a ‘Books for Babies’ drive, collecting approximately 300 books for Philadelphia READS to use in the creation of mini-libraries at day care centers for underserved city children.

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