Elevate 215

Philly's Future Starts In School

aka Philadelphia School Partnership   |   Philadelphia, PA   |


Elevate 215 is a catalyst for preparing students for the world of tomorrow by modernizing the learning experience in Philadelphia schools today. We will do this by: investing in schools and talent, collaborating with our partners, expanding access and resources for families, and advocating to create the conditions for success.

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Executive Director

Dr. Stacy Holland Ed. D

Main address

123 S Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19109 USA

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Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PSP's mission is to improve outcomes for low-income students and respond to the demand of families by expanding access to great schools in Philadelphia.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Set and Hold Long Term Vision

Elevate 215 will convene and lead civic, education, and community leaders to establish a long-term vision for a prepared graduate in Philadelphia. The organization will then hold itself and others accountable for working toward this shared vision.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Elevate 215's investment strategy will be targeted and focused on where the organization can make the biggest impact. Investments will align with three primary focus areas:

● Good to Great: support a cohort of “beat the odds” schools that are performing
significantly above what their enrollment and demographics predict to tip their
performance to excellence and/or reach more students

● New Schools & School Expansion: support the launch of new schools that align with
the modern learning experience and expand existing quality schools to reach more

● Talent pipeline: develop a robust talent pipeline for teachers, leaders, and other school
staff across the city

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Investing in schools alone is not enough; we must create the right conditions for schools to implement sustainable, lasting change. Elevate 215 must address the needs of the whole student with an understanding that conditions outside the classroom also affect a student’s educational success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PSP is a key player working to transform Philadelphia education – we engage in four main ways:
• Using our Great Schools Fund to invest as growth capital to expand the number of outstanding schools of all types – district, private and charter – in the city;
• Building a pipeline of high-quality educator talent by incubating and scaling top-tier local and national talent and collaboration initiatives in Philadelphia;
• Improving access to great schools with GreatPhillySchools, a resource that empowers low-income families with actionable information to find and choose great schools; and
• Advocating for policies and conditions that are necessary for great schools to thrive and that prioritize student needs above adult interests.

PSP makes grants to launch new schools, expand effective schools, and turn around long-struggling schools. PSP also invests to incubate and scale initiatives to train urban principals and teachers. Finally, PSP empowers parents through GreatPhillySchools, which puts user-friendly information on 2,300 pre-K-12 schools at families' fingertips online and in free print guides distributed across the city.

Each school investment is vetted by our expert team, our investment committee and is ultimately presented to the Board of Directors for final approval. We've invested over $50 million to support the expansion or turnaround of over 50 district, charter and private schools across Philadelphia. As a result, over 25,000 additional students are now in high-quality schools or schools on the path to quality.

To date, over 600 school leaders have been trained through one of our incubated programs, reaching three in five schools citywide. We currently partner with nationally recognized talent development organizations including TNTP and Relay, local universities including St. Joseph's and Drexel, and local schools including KIPP, Mastery and Independence Mission Schools, among others.

To help remove barriers that prevent families from accessing high-quality schools, we developed GreatPhillySchools (“GPS"), a free resource which provides objective school performance data in an easy-to-use and -understand format. GPS provides information on more than 2,300 quality-rated early childhood education providers and K-12 schools of all types in Philadelphia. The city's push to enable universal pre-K created a big opportunity to expand the GreatPhillySchools audience and engage families before their children reach elementary school. In a city of some 250,000 families with children aged one to 18, GPS reaches more than 100,000 families annually: online, in print (we distribute more than 90,000 free print guides each year) and via school fairs that draw more than 12,000 families.

As evidenced by a variety of metrics, Philadelphia lags most of its big-city peers in educational outcomes. Many factors contribute to this unfortunate reality. To counteract this, PSP looks for high outcomes—including better college matriculation and persistence rates; high-school graduation rates; reading, math and science performance; student attendance and retention—in schools across all of the city's education sectors, and provides startup capital to expand those schools' impact on the city. As a result, schools in PSP's “portfolio" have created new educational opportunity for 25,000 students, while enrollment in schools that were labeled the lowest-performing in the city in 2010 has dropped by a third, from roughly 60,000 to 40,000.

Our investments in schools overwhelmingly target economically disadvantaged students and families. Over 84% of our portfolio expands access to good schools to low income students, over 91% help minority students and 16% focus on those that need special education.

Most of our school and talent investments have occurred in parts of the city where great schools have historically been in short supply, and through GreatPhillySchools and other initiatives, PSP has helped low-income families to overcome obstacles to applying to a wide range of good school options. Nearly all of the city's top-performing schools, public and private, have seen increased application flow as a result.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome


Elevate 215

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Elevate 215

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill

Evelyn McNiff

Ben Persofsky

William Marx

William McNabb

Kevin Shafer

Zakiyyah Boone

Colin Kelton

H. Art Taylor

Sean Vereen

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/07/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.