Pew Awarded $3.25M to Tech-enabled Nonprofits Supporting Access to College and Food Security

Two local nonprofits are getting an influx of funding from Pew Charitable Trusts to support their work to increase Philadelphians’ access to college and food security.

The poverty alleviation-focused Pew Fund for Health and Human Services awarded $3.25 million on Wednesday to Heights Philadelphia and Sharing Excess. Pew Fund Program Director Kristin Romens said the two organizations selected address “critical” issues that improve Philadelphia residents’ lives.

The first organization, Heights Philadelphia, will receive $3 million over the next five years to expand its efforts to connect low-income students with programming and support as they pursue higher education. The program seeks to work with Black, Latinx and first-generation students, and was formed last year amid the merger of Steppingstone Scholars and Philadelphia Futures, two orgs that ran college access programs.