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October 3, 1998 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
November 7, 1999 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 9, 2010 | By OLIVIA ARMATER
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.
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May 10, 2009 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
NEWS
May 4, 2001 | By Jane M. Von Bergen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 12, 2011 | By RONNIE L. BLOOM & STEVE GUNDERSON
  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.
NEWS
December 16, 1999 | BY R. ANDREW SWINNEY
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.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
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March 30, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 23, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six months. That's how much time Bob Rosen figured he had left. The Yardley accountant was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, typically a rapidly spreading form of the disease. The doctors advised surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Rosen, 71, began getting his affairs in order. He talked with his son Eric, who would have the responsibility of disbursing his father's $160,000 in charitable donations after Rosen passed away. His father's generous gesture would be executed under heartbreaking circumstances; Eric Rosen dreaded the day. He told his father he had a better thought: Why wait?
BUSINESS
August 2, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the end of each week, Federal Donuts - which has a menu exclusively featuring doughnuts, fried chicken, and coffee - disposes of the useless backs and bones of chickens. It amounts to about 1,000 pounds of waste a week. But in the next few months, Federal Donuts will reduce its waste, using the by-product to found a new restaurant called Rooster Soup Co. Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry collaborated to raise $179,380 on Kickstarter to open a restaurant, with proceeds benefiting BSM. The campaign, which closed July 26, ran for 45 days and met its goal of $150,000 about a week before the deadline.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the sudden death of Lewis Katz in a plane crash Saturday, his son, Drew, is expected to assume a large role in the ownership and management of The Inquirer as well as other organizations owned or influenced by his father. Drew Katz, 42, has long been a protégé of his father, who groomed him to run the businesses he owned and developed. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, said Sunday that Drew Katz would replace his father on the board of the media company.
NEWS
May 30, 2014
I WANT to commend the Daily News and its partners for the recent series on poverty in Philadelphia. As your articles indicated, addressing this issue is an absolute necessity for the city if we want to build a better civic future. Philadelphians know from experience that finances are still tight and everyone is trying to do more with less. Leaders of the public sector and philanthropic community must ensure that we make informed investments in organizations that directly serve the poor.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest storms ever recorded, hit the Philippines Nov. 7, killing thousands and displacing more than 600,000. The full toll is not yet known, communications and access routes are far from restored, and aid has been slow to reach stranded, isolated victims. Could this be an opportunity for what some call the "new philanthropy"? A moment in particular for the millennial generation (born after 1982) to take leadership? Digital has changed the face of philanthropy - for both aid groups (which craft the call)
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
Philanthropic giving is inching its way back up, but the United States has not returned to its prerecession levels of generosity. Total 2012 giving to charities was $316.23 billion, up by 3.5 percent over 2011, according to estimates to be unveiled at the Union League on Wednesday. They were prepared by the Chicago-based Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Adjusted for inflation, that represents just a 1.5 percent increase in donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
NEWS
April 7, 2013
Philanthropy in the local interest The Lenfest Foundation's plans to spend down its endowment by helping disadvantaged youths in Philadelphia are only the latest chapter in founders Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest's extraordinary record of philanthropy ("Lenfest Foundation shifts gears," March 25). The city is a better place to live and visit thanks to their generosity on countless civic and cultural projects - from supporting the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to helping the Barnes Foundation relocate, to aiding organizations working to improve the welfare of city neighborhoods.
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