Friends Council on Education Recognizes Dr. Darryl J. Ford with the Friends Council Leadership in Service to Friends Education Award

Through our Leadership in Service to Friends Education Award, we seek to lift up and celebrate an individual or partnership whose demonstrated commitment to Quaker education is exemplary, whose light shines remarkably bright, and whose impact is felt within their own school community as well as throughout the wider world.

In his thirty-year career as a Friends school educator, Dr. Darryl J. Ford, an alum of Friends Select School, has embodied what this award was created to honor: hands-on service, inspired leadership, deep spirituality, and innovative partnerships. 

We are grateful for Darryl’s direct service to Friends Council: long-time board member, twice clerk of the board, panelist, and gatherer. He serves with unrivaled generosity, dignity, and grace. As head of William Penn Charter School, his strong and grounded presence, mentorship, and guiding Light have benefited all Friends schools. Darryl is a man of family, faith, music, art, and intellect, and an avid fan of Philadelphia’s sports teams. His example reminds us that answering a call to serve in Friends education proves to be a call to live with full hearts and minds animating our commitments. 

We hear from many educators that Darryl has inspired them to want to be even more, and do even more. He has made Friends Council stronger in ways that have made each of us stronger for sharing in our work to affirm the Quaker spirit of Friends education.

“I believe that Friends schools are the hope for the world.”

“I believe that Friends schools are the hope for the world.”

Ways of Giving to the Friends Council on Education

Message from Heads of schools

Annual Giving Levels

Annual Giving Levels

Penn's Vision Society:


Quaker Education Society:

$5,000 - $9,999

National Voice Society:

$1,000 - $4,999

Reflection and Light Circle:

$500 - $999

Stewardship Circle:

$300 - $499

Advocacy Circle:

$100 - $299

Community of Friends Circle:

$1 - $99 

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