Children Can Shape the Future

Supporting innovative education in Philadelphia and Camden

Welcome to the new Children Can Shape the Future. 

Children Can Shape the Future (CCSF) Is a small, family foundation based in Philadelphia. CCSF supports innovative educational work through our unique, multi-step application process. To learn more about us, click the our story link.


Since 2006, CCSF has distributed over $3,000,000 to the Philadelphia and Camden Communities. Here's a look at what we're currently funding.




Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory

CCSF is currently funding the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory’s “Riverguides” program. The year-round, ecology-based, out-of-school-time program for high school students engages young people by utilizing a unique, on-water environmental science program. Combined with its work in maritime education and boat building, the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory’s work nurtures problem solving across disciplines, communication and collaboration skills, and resiliency. Its deep connection to the local neighborhood and its statewide recognition as a stand-out program make its work an excellent fit for CCSF. 


In 2014 CCSF funded the construction and implementation of a state-of-the-art science lab as well as infrastructure for its newly acquired space at Frankford Arsenal Park.



Al Bustan

Recognizing the implicit power of music education, CCSF is currently funding Al Bustan Seeds of Culture and its work at Moffet Elementary School. In addition to its vast and varied work teaching Arab culture through arts and language, Al Bustan runs a twice-per-week after-school music program at Moffet. The Arab music focused program reaches hundreds of students per year.


In 2014 CCSF funded the salary of the lead music teacher at Moffet for the 2014 school year. 



Puentes de Salud

Puentes de Salud is an innovative nonprofit operating in South Philadelphia whose mission is to promote the health and wellness of the rapidly growing Latino immigrant population. In addition to its healthcare work, Puentes also operates after-school education programs in the local community. CCSF is currently funding a pilot program developed by Puentes in conjunction with Drexel University that aims to teach computer coding to students at Southwark Elementary School. 


In 2014 CCSF funded the pilot program with salary support, software, and materials.



Valicia Williams

Simply put, Valicia Williams is an inspiring educator. She is a first grade teacher at Kearny Elementary school and when the school’s art budget was cut, she knew she needed to act. Drawing on her fine arts background Ms Williams started a fledgling after-school arts program operating twice per week. Not only did Ms. Williams take on the responsibility of designing the curriculum and teaching the class, she also paid for it all out of her own pocket. 


In 2014 CCSF funded all of Ms. Williams expenses related to the program for the 2014 school year.