October 3, 1998 |
Janet F. Haas, a specialist in rehabilitative medicine and brain trauma who is the daughter-in-law of philanthropist F. Otto Haas, has been named president of the William Penn Foundation, the region's second-largest philanthropy. Her cousin, David Haas, son of John C. Haas, will become chair of the foundation. In a prepared statement, David Haas said the appointment of his cousin to William Penn's top administrative post represented "a natural evolution. " "The William Penn Foundation is well positioned to build for the future," he said.
November 7, 1999 |
Foundations, corporate-giving programs and charities in the region distributed at least $384.5 million in grants during 1997. Almost 80 percent of the money came from private foundations. The largest share of the grant money went for human services, for projects such as youth centers, programs that aid families and children, and employment training. Those are among the findings of a regional survey of charitable giving released recently by the Delaware Valley Grantmakers, a nonprofit organization that promotes philanthropy.
June 9, 2010 |
The following is an excerpt from an essay by La Salle University student Olivia Armater, who with 900 other freshmen this year were required to write on the topic of "Economic Justice. " Armater wrote her entry about "philanthropy" in response to an opinion piece about the contributions of Bill Gates. PHILANTHROPY, to me, comes from the heart and mind. It is thoughtful and informed. The real philanthropists, whether a college student like me giving $50 to something I care about or Bill Gates giving $31 billion to alleviate world hunger, considers the worthiness of the cause and the impact their gifts can make.
May 10, 2009 |
When Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest sit still long enough to accept the Philadelphia Award this week, it will be entirely appropriate to fill the air with honorifics and superlatives: The big cash behind the expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music. On track to become the most generous donors in the history of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But the unseen hands of the Lenfests as civic catalysts have been every bit as deft as the ones signing checks. "He does not give just for the sake of giving.
May 4, 2001 |
From a video camera in the helicopter, the refugee camp looks like a place of desperation - row upon row of tents in the snow, meager shelter against an unrelenting winter in Kosovo. One the ground, inside a cook tent, the camera pans past labeled cases of food, donated by Kraft Foods, a subsidiary of Philip Morris Cos. Inc. Refugees, including a winsome little boy, dig into bowls of steaming macaroni and cheese. The television advertisement, now playing during such primetime shows as ER as part of a $150 million goodwill campaign by the tobacco company, is evocative, and not just because of the emotional content in images of the little boy, a mother with a baby, and men, defeated and sad. Philip Morris began its philanthropy advertising in 1999, after several years of disastrous publicity for the tobacco industry.
April 12, 2011 |
THE 11TH-HOUR avoidance of a government shutdown is another glaring reminder that the federal government is both broke and broken. But as the nation's leading grant makers gather in Philadelphia this week for the Council on Foundations' annual conference, they will see visible evidence of philanthropy's ability to produce results, despite budget cuts at the federal, state, and local levels. Philanthropy represents the independent, innovative investment of resources to build our communities and does much to help create opportunities and a better quality of life, here and around the world.
December 16, 1999 |
Everywhere around us are signs it is the season of giving. Every day brings reminders that it is truly better to give than to receive. Each of us has causes that matter to us. Each of us supports humanitarian, cultural or educational concerns, showing us wealth is gained through giving. Each of us exemplifies the parable of the widow's mite: The amount is not as important as the spirit in which it is given. But charitable giving is stuck in a rut. Even though donations increased 9 percent last year, Americans are giving only 2 percent of household income to help those we deem less fortunate - the same rate as 30 years ago. Despite a booming economy, we live in a time still marked by harsh patterns of economic injustice.
March 30, 2015 |
Maya Rigler, a 10-year-old diagnosed in January with cancer for the second time, says she wants to be a philanthropist when she grows up. The fifth grader from Radnor Township may already have reached that goal, raising more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer this year. Brett Mezrow, also a fifth grader living in Radnor, was frustrated that research on mitochondrial disease was underfunded because not enough people know about it. Brett's best friend, Niels Strautnieks, was diagnosed at age 5. So he encouraged Niels to speak out, and the two 11-year-olds have raised more than $1,500 in an awareness campaign they hope will soon go viral.
October 18, 2013 |
An elementary-school library book that Jane Goodall wrote about chimpanzees inspired Amanda Ketterer to start raising money for the renowned author and anthropologist. So the Cherry Hill student set up a lemonade stand in the front yard of her home and took in $5.50 from her parents, the sole customers. That was in 2006. Amanda is now 15 and has raised nearly $15,000 to support the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which seeks to preserve habitats, protect the environment, and educate young people through worldwide research, education, and advocacy.
May 8, 2014 |
If Philadelphia can claim a steady parade of philanthropic captains in the last two centuries - from Benjamin Franklin to Walter and Leonore Annenberg - it is also true that the continued supply of such leadership lately has been somewhat in doubt. In terms of really big givers, after Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest - who have donated more than $1 billion of their fortune in the last decade and a half and promise to disburse the rest - who will come next? John S. and Leigh Middleton have the means to be next, and in fact have been quiet philanthropists for some time.