CollectionsWilliam Penn Foundation
IN THE NEWS

William Penn Foundation

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jeremy Nowak, the president at the $2-billion William Penn Foundation, has suddenly departed from the organization in what insiders say were "creative differences" with the charity's board. The foundation, which is controlled by the Main Line Haas family and seeded with the fortune of Rohm & Haas, disclosed Wednesday it will seek a new president. Nowak's departure comes at an unusual time in that the charity was only 45 days into implementing a 10-year strategic vision for the organization.
NEWS
December 10, 1993 | By FLASH ROSENBERG
Politics subverting art, instead of art subverting politics, is an ugly subversion of who is supposed to be doing the subverting. But that's exactly what's happening at Movement Theatre International (MTI) in Philadelphia. Those grandly purporting to support the arts shouldn't be inadvertently destroying them. Yet that's just what the William Penn Foundation is doing to MTI with the Dance Now! funding debacle. At first you may shrug, "Hey what's the big deal? It's only one program.
NEWS
July 6, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The William Penn Foundation, the $2 billion charity controlled by one of Philadelphia's wealthiest and most private families, the Haases, will remain a regionally focused organization that dispenses $80 million to $90 million a year in grants, president Jeremy Nowak said Thursday. After a review, Nowak said, the foundation's board approved last week a new 10-year plan to fund cultural, environmental, and education projects. Among those efforts is $15 million in funding for innovations in Philadelphia public, private, and charter schools over the next three years.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A far-reaching $35 million effort by the William Penn Foundation to study and improve water quality in the Delaware River watershed is working its way into specific on-the-ground and in-the-water projects across the region. On Tuesday, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced $2.4 million in grants to 15 organizations that will not only do the work, but also bring in partners and additional funds. Amanda Bassow, director of the Eastern Partnership Office for the wildlife foundation, said that the grantees "are able to leverage more than twice that amount" for the projects.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
IT WAS JUST 17 months ago that Jeremy Nowak strolled into the once-staid offices of Philadelphia's biggest locally oriented philanthropy, the William Penn Foundation, as its new president - a big man with big, radical ideas for change. In a short time, the former community-development guru thrust the $2 billion foundation into the center of the fight over school reform in Philadelphia - gaining both powerful allies and a few harsh critics, and putting the William Penn Foundation in the headlines.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
The William Penn Foundation said Wednesday that it would resume consideration of grant requests from city agencies, after the city Board of Ethics ruled that the foundation's largesse would not trigger the city's lobbying ordinance. If it were subject to that ordinance, the foundation would be forced to register and make quarterly financial disclosures. In a brief statement attributed to spokesman Tim Spreitzer, the foundation thanked the board for clarifying the scope of the lobbying ordinance.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The regionally focused $2.2 billion William Penn Foundation reached outside the philanthropic sector and raided the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School for its next top executive, hiring away vice dean Peter J. Degnan. The button-down Degnan replaces outspoken Jeremy Nowak, who had vowed to sharpen the philanthropic impact of the Penn Foundation when the organization hired him in April 2010. Nowak resigned in November 2012 after developing a 10-year plan but drawing disagreement from the foundation's board.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
BUSINESS
May 31, 2016
St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Philadelphia, has named Paul Jaskot and Brendan Johnson to its board of trustees. Jaskot is a partner at Reed Smith L.L.P. Johnson is president and founder of 1852 Capital. Robert A. Korn has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association' s newly formed Master Mediator Panel for construction cases. He is a partner at Kaplin Stewart. Richard M. Hluchan, a partner in the law firm Hyland Levin L.L.P., Marlton, has been elected the next president of the Georgetown University Alumni Association.
NEWS
May 9, 2016
Fairmount Water Works celebrated 200 years of the Water Works on April 16 with a garden-style brunch to recognize contributions of individuals and organizations who were instrumental in its growth. More than 210 attended, enjoying delicious food and drink while dining with views of the Water Works architecture, Boat House Row, and the Art Museum, with entertainment by a five-piece band from the University of the Arts. Honorees were Leslie Anne Miller (Bicentennial Steward Award), the William Penn Foundation and Dr. Janet Haas (Bicentennial Leadership Award)
NEWS
April 21, 2016
By Carl Dranoff Philadelphia has gained its rightful place as a national model of urban renewal, and the proof is all around us. It is in our skyline punctuated by Liberty Place and the Comcast Center. It's along corridors such as the Avenue of the Arts, one of the most successful catalysts for economic growth in the United States. It winds through the Schuylkill River Trail, voted the best urban trail in America. And it's in the $6.7 billion of new development underway throughout the city.
NEWS
March 24, 2016
By Beth Miller and Sharon Easterling In his first budget address, Mayor Kenney called for a $256 million investment in universal pre-K and a $300 million bond initiative to improve parks, recreation centers, and libraries in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. While this combination may seem ambitious to some, we believe it's an absolute necessity if we are to move forward as a city. As the mayor mentioned in his speech, nearly 80 percent of Philadelphia schools are in Pennsylvania's lowest performance tiers.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
Deep pockets will be in Philadelphia next week. Representatives of more than 100 foundations with assets approaching $150 billion are gathering for the Funders' Network annual conference in Center City for three days. The group focuses on environmental, social, and economic issues, and counts some of the nation's biggest foundations, such as the Ford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, among its members. The meeting, which on Friday had 301 people registered to attend, puts Philadelphia in the spotlight at a time when there is a growing "national curiosity about what is happening in Philadelphia," said Shawn McCaney, director of creative communities and national initiatives at Philadelphia's William Penn Foundation.
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The William Penn Foundation will commit a one-time, $15 million grant to improve and expand quality pre-K facilities in Philadelphia. The announcement marks the first major philanthropic investment in pre-K since Mayor Kenney announced his goal to make such care accessible to all city 3- and 4-year-olds. "This means an organization like William Penn is confident that this is the right initiative and we're the right people to do it," Kenney said. The grant is projected to create space for 1,500 preschoolers in quality centers by 2021.
NEWS
September 3, 2015
A story Aug. 23 on the Philadelphia Foundation gave incorrect information about the number of years former foundation president R. Andrew Swinney served - he headed the organization for 16 years - and the circumstances under which the foundation's former chief fund-raiser left - the foundation says the position was eliminated in a restructuring. Also, the name of a former president of the William Penn Foundation, Jeremy Nowak, was misspelled. A story in some editions Tuesday misstated when Bucks County and the New Hope-Solebury School District will cohost an electronics recycling event.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a lot to like about the current state of the Philadelphia region's economy, particularly in the city, economist Mark Zandi said Tuesday afternoon during a panel discussion at the Union League of Philadelphia. "For the first time in a long time, it feels there's real underlying strength here," said Zandi, who is chief economist at Moody's Analytics. But the goal of the panel was to talk about what keeps the Philadelphia region from excelling economically like rival metro areas, such as Boston; Austin, Texas; and Seattle, and what can be done about it. Other members of the panel - sponsored by a nonprofit, Students Helping Students, which redistributes supplies and furnishings from wealthy schools to poor schools - were Jeremy Nowak, a consultant and former head of the William Penn Foundation, and Matt Cabrey, executive director of Select Greater Philadelphia, a group that markets the region to companies looking to relocate.
NEWS
August 27, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Haas family, a quiet, multigenerational philanthropic powerhouse based in Philadelphia, has been named one of the eight winners of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, an honor bestowed biannually since 2001 by a consortium of more than 20 Carnegie-related institutions. Vartan Gregorian, president of the New York City-based Carnegie Corp., said the Haas family, spanning 75 years over four generations, embodies the essence of the award because "they've done so much for so long.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a period of lackluster fund-raising, the Philadelphia Foundation is aiming to raise assets and refocus its mission under the new leadership of Pedro Ramos, a lawyer, civic leader, and the first Latino to lead the city's community foundation. Still unpacking boxes at offices in 1234 Market St., Ramos, who was appointed in July, has embarked on a "listening tour" among current and prospective donors and similar community foundations, including the highly successful Pittsburgh Foundation.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|