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POWER is independently financed.  We operate with dues from member congregations, grants from charitable and faith-based foundations, grassroots fund raising and contributions from people like you who care about our city and want to see change.  As a matter of principle, POWER takes no financial support from government entities.

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In addition to being a POWER leader in your congregation, you can offer your time and talents to POWER in the following ways:

  • Helping create and manage our growing mailing list through data entry work
  • Helping communicate with POWER members through periodic phone banking

Email info@powerphiladelphia.org for more information or call the office at 215.232.7697.

Involve your congregation

Interested in learning more about how to build leadership within your congregation, amplify your prophetic voice, strengthen community and address the issues impacting your people?

Then give us a call.

We welcome a conversation with you about pressures impacting your congregation and community and how faith-based community organizing can help you respond. We welcome a conversation about how POWER is equipping congregations across the city to play a more powerful role in shaping policies that effect families, neighborhoods, and our city.

Give us a call at 215-232-7697 or email us at info@powerphiladelphia.org and we’ll set up a time to talk.

We are looking forward to the conversation.

Education: Full, Fair Funding

The Problem:

There is a huge racial disparity created in the funding of Pennsylvania’s 500 districts. On average, least white districts receive $1,900 less their fair share while predominantly white districts receive $1,900 more. This inequality is set in stone by the laws that have been enacted by our state legislature. Many of our state legislators will not acknowledge this issue and have not taken any steps to rectify it.

POWER’s Approach:

POWER is organizing and mobilizing members of the Pennsylvania faith community to call this inequality as it is. As people of faith we cannot stand by as our neighbors are discriminated against. Along with calls, letters and emails sent to our congressional representatives we must be a physical presence making our demands known. On June 21st POWER will be bringing the fight to the doors of the capitol building in Harrisburg. We will hold a rally along with visits to key congressional representatives offices.

Victories:

In 2015 and 2016 POWER created and led a statewide coalition of faith and policy advocacy groups to call to attention the racial disparity in the education funding. Through this, POWER was able to influence the Basic Education Funding Commission to create a bi-partisanly supported Fair Funding Formula that was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in June 2016.
Although the formula was signed into law, POWER knew the work was not done. In May, POWER held a press conference at the capitol building along with Sen. Vincent Hughes and Sen. Christopher Rabb. At the press conference the speakers outlined the issue at hand along with what they intend to do to fix it. Rev. Gregory Holston, POWER’s Executive Director, also announced the June 21st event.