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.


This is where you tell us what we can do for you. It’s that simple. But first, a few guidelines...

You must be a direct-service educator in the cities of Philadelphia or Camden. Requests cannot come from administrators of any kind. Only those individuals actively engaged in the work for which funding is being requested may apply.

You must provide documentation that your work predominantly supports a low-income population. Special requests will be considered for good cause shown.

Our application process has four simple steps:


It all starts with an email. If you decide to apply simply fill out the form below and tell us how we can help you. Your entry should be 250 words or less and contain no links or attachments. In it, we ask you to tell us simply and honestly how we can support your innovative, educational work. You can apply at any time of year, and there is no funding limit for your request. We want you to be honest about what you need, how it will affect your work, and how much you believe it will cost. Forget the rules of grant seeking and try not to concern yourself with what you think CCSF is interested in funding. When possible, avoid copying and pasting information you may have used on previous grant requests. 


We review emails on a daily basis, and you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If we are interested in your work we will arrange a time to chat with you on the phone about it in greater detail. If not, we will clearly explain to you why your work is not of interest to us at this time.

STEP THREE: In-person

If we remain interested in your work after our phone call, we will set up a time to meet with you in person to learn even more about you and what you hope to accomplish. Just as in previous steps, if after our site visit our interests do not align, we will inform you promptly and be as transparent as possible.

STEP FOUR: Board Review

Finally, if our site visit goes well and it seems that your work will be of interest to our Board of Directors, we will present our findings at one of our board meetings. Our Board of Directors meets 3-5 times per year on a rolling basis and upcoming dates are posted in the news section of our site. Funding decisions are made that evening, and if your work is up for consideration, you will hear from us within one week of that date.

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If you’re ready to tell us your story, fill out the form below!


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