August 1, 2016 |
The 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have separate nonprofit foundations that act on their behalf to raise money from donors. But that relationship at Mansfield University in north-central Pennsylvania - the second-smallest school in the system - has soured in a big way. The dispute between the Mansfield University Foundation and university leaders became so acrimonious earlier this year that the foundation's three-person staff was forced out of its campus office with just four days' notice.
July 16, 2016 |
The Democratic National Convention's host committee went to court Thursday to stop the release of any fund-raising records pending the outcome of an appeal the committee filed at the same time. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee is fighting the release of the quarterly fund-raising reports it is required to file with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID), the public agency that guaranteed it a $15 million line of credit. Last month, the state Office of Open Records ordered those reports released to the public.
July 8, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania SPCA will be holding a fund-raising event in the memory of George Bengal, the shelter's director of Humane Law who died last month. "A Night for George" will be held July 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 732 Saint Andrew Road, in Philadelphia. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will go to the George Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty, which was created shortly before Bengal died from cancer. The event will include food from Revolution Taco, beverages from Tito's Handmade Vodka and Unibroue, a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets.
June 5, 2016 |
The preschool teacher found dead and chained to a cinder block in a Chester County pond this week had started a new job in April. Ryan Stevyn Benjamin especially enjoyed working with children who struggled. She was fluent in Spanish and sign language, and as a child and young adult, she traveled to China, Brazil, and Argentina with her mother. Her friends and family said she was humble and caring. Christine Dragan, executive director of Warwick Child Care Center Inc., said Benjamin was an intelligent woman who "found her passion working with young children.
June 3, 2016 |
For weeks, defense lawyers have portrayed U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and wealthy political fund-raiser Herbert Vederman as the best of friends - a "political odd couple" who forged a personal bond despite backgrounds that could not be more different. On Wednesday, prosecutors in the two men's federal corruption trial sought to show that the friendship came with privileges. Witnesses ranging from Vederman's girlfriend to the man who ran President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign testified that Fattah had on several occasions extended his influence to benefit Vederman, his loved ones, and his ambitions.
May 30, 2016 |
Fund-raising for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has been a tougher slog this year than in the past, but convention host committee chair Ed Rendell says he expects to meet the party's financial targets by the time the convention opens two months from now. The party plans to raise some $64 million for the conclave, which will run July 25-28. Rendell said Saturday the party was $9 million to $10 million short of that goal now. Rendell attributed the difficulty to congressional budget cuts - lawmakers once appropriated $18 million each to the Republican and Democratic conventions, but no more - and a drop in corporate giving.
May 1, 2016
On April 13, the Support Center for Child Advocates hosted its annual benefit and auction, celebrating 39 years of pro bono legal and social-service advocacy for abused and neglected children. More than 800 people gathered in the Crystal Tea Room at Wanamaker. Guests enjoyed an open bar, hor d'oeuvres, a silent auction, an awards program, and an exciting live auction. This year's 2016 Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award winners were Penny and Robert Fox, philanthropists and founders of the James Fox Foundation and Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, which supports education for hundreds of youth and teaches the importance of community service and civic involvement.
April 17, 2016 |
Dickinson College is preparing to launch a major fund-raising campaign, but its current president, Nancy A. Roseman, won't be raising the funds. Roseman, who arrived at Dickinson in 2013 as the first female leader in the college's long history, said she would resign, effective June 30. "It's an eight-year marathon," Roseman, 57, said of the upcoming campaign. "You have to have a consuming appetite to take that on. I just recognize in myself that I didn't have the appetite for that eight-year marathon.
April 3, 2016 |
When the third version of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, or PIFA, breaks out around town beginning April 8, it will represent a more modest version of the arts extravaganza that ended with 200,000 people thronging a Broad Street fair in April 2011. The festival will be shorter - two weeks instead of the four weeks of 2011 and 2013. There will be fewer events - 60 this year versus 145 in 2011. And the budget for the festival, organized and presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, is noticeably smaller - $4.5 million this year, down from 2013's $5.6 million, and $10 million in 2011.
March 23, 2016 |
LONGTIME VILLANOVA football coach Andy Talley, who will be retiring after this season, has been involved with the national bone-marrow donation program since the early 1990s. For the last eight years his "Get in the Game, Save a Life" initiative, run in joint partnership with Be The Match, has registered more than 60,000 new donors from more than 65 schools. And in that time 278 of those registrants have been identified as a patient's perfect match and donated their stem cells or marrow to help save someone's life.