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Help CSF Philadelphia Win $250,000 in the Philly DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards

CSF’s partner, Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP), is competing in the first ever Philly DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards contest and the polls are now open. Up to $250,000 in resources are at stake, and your vote will help CSFP win!

To enter the contest, CSFP teamed up with filmmaker Karin Kelly and her team to create a short film over a period of 10 days. The film tells CSFP’s story and underscores the educational opportunity CSFP provides to children from low-income families. This year, nearly 3,500 Philly children are using CSFP scholarships to get a  quality, tuition-based, K-8th grade education.

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You can view the video and place your vote by visiting: http://www.phillyinfocus.com/dogooder-awards/#!/entry/999751. Don’t forget, you can vote once every day until voting closes on January 31st. Please vote now and encourage your friends and family to vote also.

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CSF President Honored By Tri-County Scholarship Fund

This fall, Tri-County Scholarship Fund, a CSF partner program offering private school scholarships to low-income children in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties in New Jersey, honored both J. Peter Simon and CSF President Darla Romfo at its annual dinner. More than 600 people came out to support the honorees and the scholarship recipients the Fund assists.

At the Nov. 19th Tri-County Scholarship Fund Annual Awards Dinner: Tri-County Executive Director Gregory Floyd; J. Peter Simon, Hall of Fame honoree, and Timothy I. Duffy, Tri-County Chairman.

At the Nov. 19th Tri-County Scholarship Fund Annual Awards Dinner: Tri-County Executive Director Gregory Floyd; J. Peter Simon, Hall of Fame honoree, and Timothy I. Duffy, Tri-County Chairman.

Mr. Simon, co-chairman of W.E. Simon and Sons and the William E. Simon Foundation, praised Tri-County’s work as he accepted its Hall of Fame award, noting, “In this past year, every Tri-County senior graduated from high school and 99% of them went on to college. A high school education is a game-changer in people’s life pattern for earnings.”

Timothy I. Duffy, Chairman of Tri-County Scholarship Fund, presents the Making a Difference Award to CSF President Darla Romfo.

Timothy I. Duffy, Chairman of Tri-County Scholarship Fund, presents the Making a Difference Award to CSF President Darla Romfo.

Originally, the awards dinner was planned for October 29th, but following Hurricane Sandy the dinner was rescheduled for November 19th. Due to the schedule change, Ms. Romfo was unable to attend the dinner, and Tri-County Scholarship Fund presented her with its Making a Difference Award at a dinner in Manhattan.

To find out more about Tri-County Scholarship Fund and the children it helps, please visit www.tcsfund.org.

CSF Co-Hosts Panel on Stemming School Closures

More than 130 people turned out last week for a panel discussion titled “Saving Catholic Schools,” co-hosted by Children’s Scholarship Fund and three other organizations. The event followed the recent announcement by the Archdiocese of New York that 27 of its schools are at risk of closing at the end of this school year. The at-risk schools currently serve 764 CSF Scholars, or roughly 10 percent of all CSF Scholars in New York City.

The "Saving Catholic Schools" panelists (l-r): Assemblyman Karim Camara; CSF Alum Jorvelyn Tejada; CSF President Darla Romfo; Principal Antwan Allen; Author Peter Meyer, and moderator Sheila Mulcahy.

The “Saving Catholic Schools” panelists (l-r): Assemblyman Karim Camara; CSF Alum Jorvelyn Tejada; CSF President Darla Romfo; Principal Antwan Allen; Author Peter Meyer, and moderator Sheila Mulcahy.

CSF President Darla Romfo and CSF Alum Jorvelyn Tejada served as panelists, along with Peter Meyer, author of Can Catholic Schools Be Saved?; Antwan Allen, Principal of St. Mark the Evangelist School, and Assemblyman Karim Camara of the New York State Assembly.

The panel discussed the financial challenges facing Catholic schools as well as the value they bring to the entire community, including the non-Catholic children who attend them and the neighborhoods that benefit from higher graduation rates and college entrance rates of Catholic school grads. Panelists argued that it is important for parents to have a diversity of schools, including Catholic schools, to choose from.

Jorvelyn Tejada and Darla Romfo listen as Assemblyman Karim Camara makes a point about the value of Catholic schools to the community.

Jorvelyn Tejada and Darla Romfo listen as Assemblyman Karim Camara makes a point about the value of Catholic schools to the community.

The Education Investment Incentives Act, which passed in the New York State Senate last spring, was raised as one possible solution to the difficulty of keeping Catholic schools open in the current economic climate. The Act would create an individual and corporate tax credit for donations to organizations providing scholarships to private schools.

The Inner-City Scholarship Fund (which partners with CSF in New York), Buffalo’s BISON Scholarship Fund (a CSF partner program), and the Guild of Catholic Lawyers also co-hosted the event.

CSF’s Fall Newsletter Is Here!

Read all about it! The latest CSF newsletter is hot off the presses.  Fall12NewsletterCoverWeb

Click through to the Fall 2012 newsletter to read:

  • Updates on CSF alumni graduation rates and the latest studies;
  • Highlights of CSF events in NYC and CSF partner events nationwide;
  • News about the Teddy Forstmann Scholarship Program, launched this fall,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here.

Season’s Greetings and Happy Reading from Children’s Scholarship Fund!

CSF Debuts New Video

Just before last week’s screening of Won’t Back Down, CSF debuted our new motion graphic video, The Children’s Scholarship Fund Solution.

Watch the video to see how CSF is tackling the education crisis and how CSF scholarships are empowering parents to choose better schools for their children, putting them on the path to a better future.

Click above to watch the new CSF video.

CSF Philadelphia takes part in Romney’s education roundtable

CSF Philadelphia Board President and CSF National Board Member Evie McNiff (right) participated in Mitt Romney’s education roundtable at Universal Bluford Charter School in West Philadelphia yesterday.

CSF Philadelphia (CSFP) Board President and CSF National Board Member Evie McNiff participated in Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s education roundtable, held at a Philadelphia charter school yesterday.

At the event, Romney voiced his support for high-quality parental choice in education, calling for federal funds to follow every child, whether their parents want to send them to a public, public charter school, or a private school. He also spoke at length about the value of scholarships in conjunction with charters as the primary levers for choice, pointing to CSF’s success.

“I’d like every parent to have a choice and every child to have a chance,” Romney said, paraphrasing CSF’s tagline.

It’s no surprise that Romney chose Philadelphia to spotlight his education platform. More than 75,000 Philadelphia children are enrolled in charter, private, or magnet schools, including more than 2,500 children who are using CSFP scholarships to attend private school this year.

For more on how Philly parents are demanding better educational options for their children by exercising choice, see this Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed by Philadelphia School Partnership’s Executive Director Mark Gleason. The Partnership is a collaboration of business and civic leaders working to create and expand great schools of all types in Philadelphia, and CSFP is a key partner in its efforts.

We are grateful to note that CSF and its partners are contributing to the national conversation on education, as well as making an impact at the local level.

Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary honors Children’s Education Fund Chairman Mike Gruber

Congratulations to G. Michael Gruber, Chairman of CSF’s Dallas partner, the Children’s Education Fund. Today, the Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary awarded Mr. Gruber with the 2012 Justinian Award, which is given annually to a member of the Dallas Bar Association in recognition of volunteer efforts benefitting the community.

In addition to chairing the Children’s Education Fund, which is funding scholarships for almost 500 Dallas children to attend private school this year, Mr. Gruber chairs an annual benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is also involved with Dream Dallas, a Habitat for Humanity program raising $100 million to revitalize at-risk Dallas neighborhoods. And he has served on the boards of the North Texas Entrepreneurs Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.

According to a Dallas Bar Association news release, Mr. Gruber was enrolled in his high school’s vocational education program for automotive mechanics. But his civics teacher, Nancy Solana, was impressed with how he spoke about government and politics in her class, and encouraged him to consider a career in law.

“I loved the class and the challenge of thinking on my feet and discussing the importance of the law in people’s lives. Nancy saw something that made her think I might make a good lawyer, and urged me to take the SAT exam,” he said. The SAT led to a four-year college scholarship to SMU, followed by law school at SMU.

Many years later, as founding partner of the law firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, Mr. Gruber is helping other young people improve their lives through education.

You can read more about Mr. Gruber’s work at the Dallas Bar Association’s website.