Strategic Partnerships

The Urban Affairs Coalition assists foundations and government agencies that want to fund communities but need a cost-effective alternative to managing programs in-house. We create strategic partnerships to ensure programs are run efficiently and funds are spent effectively. 

For More Information Contact

Arun Prabhakaran
Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer
Phone: 267-888-6408

Freedom Rings Partnership

The Freedom Rings Partnership was formed in 2010 to take a cross-sector, collaborative, and focused approach to improving computer literacy and internet access for the most disenfranchised and low-income Philadelphia residents. The partnership received two federal grants totaling $18.1M under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), a part of the federal stimulus funding. Leveraged with matching support, this represented an infusion of $26.5M of federal and non-federal funds focused on a community-based approach to the problem of digital inequity in Philadelphia. 

Led by the Urban Affairs Coalition and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, the partnership was comprised of over 50 organizations, including Drexel University, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia FIGHT, Media Mobilizing Project, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia OIC, One Day at a Time, and YOACAP. 

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December 17, 2014
UAC would like to congratulate our Vice President Arun Prabhakaran, Program Manager Kate Rivera and Partnership and Outreach Manager Tivoni Devor, who were recently published in Partnerships for...
December 16, 2014
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) held its Second Annual Philadelphia Community Development Leadership Institute...
December 11, 2014
On Thursday, November 8, 2014 UAC Program Partner, 21st Century Work-Stream held a new-hire orientation for 50 John Bartram High School seniors. Each of the students were recruited and trained for...


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