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Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

Adopted a failing, inner-city school – offering financial support and deep, meaningful mentorships.

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A Twenty Year Partnership for Success

COOK-WISSAHICKON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Background

Located at the edge of the East Falls Projects in a low-income area of Philadelphia, Cook-Wissahickon was a typical failed inner-city school. Plagued by high teacher turnover and low morale amongst both teachers and students, its students consistently ranked in the bottom percentages on key success indicators. Add to that a lack of parental involvement, no after-school program, and a host of other issues, and its chances of a positive rebound were highly unlikely. Taking our lead from Colin Powell and his “America’s Promise”, Progressive Business Publications, through the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust and The Satell Family Foundation, helped to develop and then fund a host of support programs for the students, families and faculty of Cook-Wissahickon.

Creating a Positive Culture of Learning--IMPACT

Like all of our philanthropic efforts, our focus is squarely aimed at creating a positive, supportive, encouraging, nurturing, and safe culture that brings out the best in students, parents, teachers and administrators. We leave the academics to the teachers, Principal, and school system, and offer the support they need to achieve their highest potential. We concentrate our efforts on before and after-school programs, mentoring, supplemental support and modeling good citizenship to provide examples of responsibility and a positive “can-do” spirit. The success of this approach is evident in the success of the program. The lives of thousands of students and their families have been impacted by PBP’s CSR.

Opportunities for Employee Engagement and Sponsor Recognition

  • Offer student mentoring to those at-risk students who need a steady, reliable, responsible adult in their lives. Program can be tailored to fit corporate goals.
  • Establish, fund and mtanage before and after school programs.
  • Develop and fund educational class visits and reading days, or participate in these initiatives.
Participant Comments
We are dedicated to inspiring positive change, developing impactful programs, and empowering organizations and individuals.

“When I tell other administrators about the partnership that we enjoy and value with Progressive Business Publications, they almost don’t believe me. It makes the key difference in our school’s success, and in our school community’s morale. We are very fortunate and very grateful.”

Karen Thomas Principal Cook-Wissahickon

“The progress demonstrated at Cook-Wissahickon School on the PSSA has been remarkable and laudatory. I attribute the growth to a combination of factors – high among them is the continuous support provided through the exemplary partnership with Progressive Business Publications.”

Deidre R. Farmbry, Ed.D. Former Chief Academic Officer School District of Philadelphia

“Mr. Satell and Progressive Business Publications have been the answer to every parent’s question: “What do we do with our children while we work?” Thank you all for the morning and after-school programs. You have truly been our savior.”

Rosemarie Fuscellaro Director Cook-Wissahickon After-School Program
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International House of Philadelphia

Promoting the American Experience

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Promoting the American Experience

International House of Philadelphia

About

Founded over 100 years ago, International House Philadelphia (IHouse) was the first residential center in the world for visiting international scholars and students. Located near the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University campuses, its resident students and scholars are 80% foreign and 20% American. The International House’s critical three-fold mission is:

  • To maintain a diverse and welcoming community for scholars from around the world while introducing them to the American experience
  • To broaden the horizons of the students, scholars and the larger community through high-quality international arts and humanities programs
  • To encourage cooperation and respect among the peoples of all nations. The residence can accommodate 400 people and has gathering rooms used by the regional community as well.

CRS Programs

In addition to being among IHouse’s most generous annual financial supporters for many years, Progressive Business Publications, through the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust and the Satell Family Foundation, filled an important need by funding the establishment of the Satell 24/7 Study Center in 2002 to accommodate growing technology demands from the House’s 400 residents. To date more than 5,000 residents have been benefitted from the state-of-the-art study center, and it has become the “hub of the House”. When upgrades were needed to maintain high function, Ed issued a challenge to his 50% contribution and a complete new tech system with high-speed connectivity was put in place.

Opportunities for Employee Engagement and Sponsor Recognition

  • Expose employees to multiple opportunities for international experiences, including IHouse’s renowned film series.
  • Use IHouse Theater and other spaces for corporate events and programs.
  • Provide programs to international students about realities of corporate America.
  • Corporate name recognition and logos on all IHouse materials for sponsoring programs and events
Participant Comments
We are dedicated to inspiring positive change, developing impactful programs, and empowering organizations and individuals.

“Progressive Business Publications and Ed Satell always step up when we present a need for our residents. Ed, who received our first International Visionary Leadership is an extraordinary role model in Philadelphia’s International Community.”

Tanya Steinberg CEO International House of Philadelphia
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Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.

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Greater Delaware Valley

Junior Achievement

About

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches four million students in the United States.

Locally, Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley serves over 30,000 students annually in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Berks, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties.

CSR Programs

Progressive Business Publications, through the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust and Satell Family Foundation, is a longtime supporter of JA, with a member of our management team serving on its Board. We sponsor its annual “Battle on Broad Street”. In addition, we support a JA initiative in our adopted school’s Mentee Program each year. Our annual Mentee Field Trip is focused around skills learned through our JA program.

Our 2012 field trip took us to the Philadelphia headquarters of another JA partner, Bank of America, and to its 22nd floor Boardroom. There, BOA executives presented an engaging look at why understanding banking, saving and using credit cards is so vital to success. Other themed field trips have included Vanguard’s Headquarters in Great Valley to learn about investing: QVC Headquarters in West Chester to learn about entrepreneurship, and many more unique and memorable experiences.

Opportunities for Employee Engagement and Sponsor Recognition

  • Sponsor learning events at schools in the region.
  • Adopt a school, giving corporate employees the opportunity to train students across the grades in financial literacy and how businesses work.
  • Support JA’s programs that encourage at-risk youth.
  • Support JA’s “I’m College Material” program for inner-city youth.
Participant Comments
We are dedicated to inspiring positive change, developing impactful programs, and empowering organizations and individuals.

“Ed and his company, PBP, embody the values and mission of JA – our three pillars: Work Readiness, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy. It’s through their example we can help kids K through 12 learn about and appreciate the free enterprise system.”

Paul Kappel President Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley

“Our students really loved the Junior Achievement game. There’s no doubt it significantly improved their understanding of money, financial responsibility and how businesses work.”

Meredith Seltzer Counselor Cook-Wissahickon
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National Liberty Museum

Dedicated to preserving America’s heritage of freedom by fostering knowledge, good character, civic responsibility and respect for all people

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National Liberty Museum

About

Located just steps from Independence Hall, the National Liberty Museum is one of the most exciting and innovative museums loved by children and adults alike for its emphasis on freedom, responsibility and respect for all. Each year, the museum inspires over 65,000 schoolchildren, as well as tens of thousands of other visitors who experience the challenges and successes of our liberty and freedom through interaction and education.

CSR Programs

Recognizing that conflicts among religions have caused devastation throughout the centuries, Progressive Business Publications, through the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust and the Satell Family Foundation, has taken an active role in providing support of various kinds. In addition to vital annual financial support and board service, Progressive Business Publications has:

  • Published a book for the museum, Defining New Christian Dialogue, with positive chapters contributed by diverse religious scholars, and an afterword by Ed Satell. Scholars include Kister Stendahl, Professor of Divinity at Harvard, James Sanders, President Emeritus of the Ancient Bible Manuscript Center, and the Rev. Eugene Fisher, Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Created and funded by the Satell Foundation International Interfaith Awards in conjunction with the National Liberty Museum, to honor individuals who actively pursue bridging misunderstanding and generating RESPECT, tolerance and unity among diverse religions, consistent with democratic principles. Four prominent honorees from four diverse faith groups recently accepted these awards, traveling from across the world for the event. Papal Nuncio Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, who led the battle for New Testament language without bias against the Jews; International Holocaust survivor and United Nations spokesperson Gerda Weissmann Klein; Rev. Dr. Barclay Newman, leader of the American Bible Society; and founder of the American Islamic Congress and Consultant to President George W. Bush, Zainab Al-Suwaij.
  • Support the Young Heroes Program, dedicated to training elementary students to “think Like a Hero”.

Opportunities for Employee Engagement and Sponsor Recognition

  • Employees attend NLM programs and visit the museum, with their families, for free
  • Corporate sponsorship of museum events and programs, with multiple naming opportunities.
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Franklin & Marshall College

Satell Scholar Life After College Success Program

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Satell Scholar Life After College Success Program

Franklin & Marshall College

About

An investment in higher education – even at the most prestigious and respected institutions – seldom completely prepares students for the most immediate and difficult transition to life after college. Recognizing this reality, Progressive Business Publications, through the Ed Satell’s vision and funding by the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust, founded, and led the development of an intensive two-year leadership program at Franklin & Marshall College to prepare selected Juniors & Seniors for their life after graduation. Since its inception, over 500 students chosen for this highly competitive program earned a unique distinction on their college transcript – Satell Scholar.

CSR PROGRAM

This program was grounded by two key components: a CEO speaker series and peer-group workshops. In combination, these were designed to:

  • Expose students to the real-life experiences of failure, resilience, and success of top CEOs. These proven and recognizable leaders, including Mary Shapiro, Jack Bogle ad James Kim, told their “life after college: stories, then provided students the opportunity for an extensive Q&A session. The take-away round that included all participants that concluded each session was always inspiring.
  • Coach students to powerfully articulate the applicability of their liberal arts education and experiences to providers of internships, experiential learning and employment opportunities.
  • Help students identify, initiate and develop relevant professional connections.
  • Teach valuable professional networking skills and personal presentation competence.

Opportunities for Employee Engagement and Sponsor Recognition

  • Provide professional insight to those preparing to graduate.
  • Help create professional networks.
  • Expose students to professionals within the student’s particular career choice.
  • Train students how to act with confidence during interviews and in professional settings.
  • Help expand the scope of understanding of the entirety of a corporate enterprise.
Participant Comments
We are dedicated to inspiring positive change, developing impactful programs, and empowering organizations and individuals.

“This program provides an extraordinary opportunity for juniors and seniors to enhance their liberal arts education with skill development, networking, and peer learning that will, no doubt, give them an outstanding head start toward a successful transition from life at F&M to life after college.”

John Fry Former President Franklin & Marshall College

“Few programs have had the transformative effect on our students as the Satell Scholar Program for life-after-college success. Satell Scholars understand the benefits of preparing for their future careers and this program gives them the structure, tools, experience and support to ensure success. We are grateful to benefactor Ed Satell and Progressive Business Publications for making this program possible.”

Kent Trachte Dean Franklin & Marshall College
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