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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Partners in the Coalition

Global Citizen is a non-profit organization dedicated to civic engagement among diverse groups through volunteering, education, community building, service learning, economic opportunity, leadership development and dialogue. Global Citizen brings together people of all ages and backgrounds through active citizenship and civic responsibility that result in breaking down barriers, building understanding, and fostering ongoing, diverse partnerships. Global Citizen Programs include the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service and year-round MLK365. Issues of focus include poverty, homelessness, at-risk young people, race relations, public health, safety, digital inclusion, veterans, energy and the environment.


May 12, 2015
Friends of the Coalition (FOC) is a network of professionals who support the Urban Affairs Coalition's (UAC) mission of driving change from the ground up. Friends are ambassadors for the...
May 7, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilwoman Tasco and Special People in the Northeast (SPIN) joined Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) President Sharmain Matlock-Turner and its...
May 7, 2015
It's Throwback Thursday (#TBT) and UAC is asking you to answer this question: Do you remember your first job?  Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) is partnering with WorkReady Philadelphia to ...


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