Affiliate Partnership Program

PENCIL’s Affiliate Partnership Program is modeled on PENCIL’s school partnership program, supporting New York City public schools since 1995.

The Program builds and supports customized relationships between private sector partners and public school leaders to meet school needs and increase student achievement. PENCIL works with community-based organizations (Affiliates) that manage the local Program in each city.

The local Partnership Program has the same components as the New York City program, including an application and assessment process for Principals and Business Volunteers (Partners), partnership matching, goal-setting, structured support, and impact measurement.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can bring PENCIL’s school partnership program to your city, please first review the following:

School District and Community Profile

As PENCIL expands its school partnership program, the organization seeks cities and school districts with the following profiles:

  • School district with a minimum of 50 schools*
  • School district leadership that actively encourages community engagement in schools
  • Robust local and national corporate presence
  • Active engagement by the business community in corporate social responsibility activities

*PENCIL prioritizes those schools that work with underserved populations of students, as defined by those qualifying for free and reduced lunch.

Desired Partner Agency Attributes

PENCIL’s Affiliate Partner organizations must share the following attributes which align with PENCIL’s philosophy and programmatic approach and are vital to a successful implementation of the program:

  • Experience in data collection and measuring and evaluating program results
  • Well-established and well-respected in the community
  • Experience managing skills-based volunteerism programs
  • Demonstrated vision and plan for integrating PENCIL’s school partnership program into the organization’s current programming
  • A full-time dedicated staff person(s) to serve as Partnership Coordinator for PENCIL program
  • Demonstrated ability to secure or identify funding for program (costs include, but are not limited to, annual participation fee and salary and benefits for Partnership Coordinator(s))
  • Support from the local school district and/or can demonstrate relationship with schools
  • Access to business community and demonstrated interest from business community

Commitment to Program Delivery

Affiliate Partner organizations must deliver with fidelity the following program components that are the foundation for a successful PENCIL school partnership program:

  • Screening, selection, matching and preparation of Principals and Business Partners
  • Focused goal setting
  • Structured support for partnerships (including a dedicated staff person to serve in the role of Partnership Coordinator)
  • Measured impact

Application and Next Steps

If you are confident that you meet the above criteria and are interested in taking the next step to explore a potential partnership with PENCIL, please fill out the following Affiliate Application, and return a completed copy to Russell Langsam at Following receipt and review of your application, if your candidacy is retained for further consideration, a PENCIL staff person will contact you to discuss next steps, including:

  • Introductory webinar for your organization’s key staff and leadership
  • Review of PENCIL’s expectations for program management
  • Organization interview/site visit by key PENCIL staff
  • Review of PENCIL’s Consulting and Licensing/Use Agreement

PENCIL Affiliate Partners

For Affiliate Partners, PENCIL provides on-going planning, technical assistance, and support services, including:

  • Staffing strategy & staff training
  • Implementation plan development
  • Materials development
  • Program positioning & messaging
  • School & volunteer recruitment
  • Event planning
  • Impact Assessment