In recognition of its continued efforts to advocate for sufficient funding and support for education, today the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) received the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia’s (CSFP) Corporate Citizen of the Year award.

The award recognizes GPCC’s partnership with CSFP this year, in which the Chamber regularly promoted $22 million in PA Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits to its more than 4,000 member companies, encouraging them to make donations to aid deserving students. The Chamber also actively participates in the Summer Internship program providing paid internships to Philadelphia youth and holds its annual Read to Me program, which brings the business community directly into the classroom to read and promote early childhood literacy.

Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Chamber, has been a strong advocate for regional development in Philadelphia, including initiatives for business to get involved and improve education in the region. “The future of our city and region depend upon high quality schools to prepare every student for success in the workplace or college. As the Chamber works hard to ensure our schools will be adequately funded, we are absolutely honored to receive this award from the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia and will continue to make sure kids in Philadelphia will get the education they deserve,” said Wonderling.

On the importance of the business community supporting the PA Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program, Ina Lipman, executive director of the CSFP said, “CSFP scholarships give hope and opportunity: hope that CSFP families experience in knowing that they are able to provide their children with the best educational foundation for their future and opportunity for all children – regardless of income or zip code – to have access to a school that best fits their needs.”