A Benefit for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Bob Cwenar, Caroline Donegan and John Buehler

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University held the Sixth Annual Men’s Event benefiting prostate cancer research and patient care. The event was held at the Union League in Philadelphia.

The Men’s Event was emceed by Brian McDonough, medical editor on KYW Newsradio. His honorary co-chairs were Dr. Leonard Gomella, chair of the Department of Urology, and Karen E. Knudsen, newly announced Director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. The evening began with a cocktail party and silent auction, before guests sat down to enjoy dinner and the program. During the program Dr. Steve Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, talked about the great strides Jefferson was making in the field of prostate cancer, as well as how the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center medical team works well together in all fields with the goal of ending cancer. Stand-up comedian Billy Gardell, who currently stars in the popular TV series Mike & Molly, had the 360 guests in stitches as he took shots at the medical field, but mostly focused on marriage, children and aging parents.

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The Hole in Philadelphia’s Philanthropic Donut

There’s a gaping hole in the middle of Philadelphia’s philanthropic donut. That’s the thrust of a nuanced Jeremy Nowak critique of the Philadelphia Foundation, which is the city’s community foundation. What are community foundations? They’re grant-giving charities that pool resources from a wide array of donors (in contrast to the Pew Charitable Trust or William Penn Foundations, which endowed by single families). They’re also, critically, intently focused on local grant-giving. This second component is particularly important for a city like Philadelphia whose biggest foundation, Pew, is increasingly national in focus. Read more »

“Toys for Tots” Party at Chima

Kristin Pultro, Nick Albater and Amanda Giddings,

Last night the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. and Philadelphia Eagle Jeremy Maclin – along with his foundation JMac Gives Back – teamed up to collect more than 600 toys for Little Smiles Pa. In an evening filled with holiday cheer, city leaders and business executives from across the region gathered at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Center City. During the evening the Eagles’ “Green Magic” bus arrived with a donation of 300 toys, which Zarwin Baum and Maclin will deliver to Shriners Hospital for Children on Thursday. The remaining toys will be distributed by Little Smiles Pa. to other area hospitals.

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Philanthropy Friday: Delaware Valley Legacy Fund


Welcome to our new weekly series, Philanthropy Fridays, where Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) Executive Director Samantha Giusti introduces you to a local LGBT non-profit in Philadelphia. She gets things started with a peek into her work at DVLF, an organization that works to provide resources LGBT-focused non profits in the city. 

DVLFI am … Samantha Giusti, social change agent and executive director of Delaware Valley Legacy Fund.

When was the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund founded? 1993.

The organization’s mission statement is … Fostering positive change through grant-making, scholarships, advocacy, programming and education.

Our biggest shining moment to date was … The day DVLF’s endowment surpassed the $1-million mark. We have a growing pipeline of almost $10 million, because of our generous Legacy Society members who have left a gift to DVLF in their will.

Finish this sentence: If a check for $1 million found its way to my doorstep … I would cry with joy. That would allow us to fund so many LGBT organizations doing vitally important work.

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Stephen Starr: Bad Schools Make for a Bad Economy

When it comes to supporting Philly public schools, restaurateur Stephen Starr has put his money where his customers’ mouths are: He raised more than $100,000 for the school district by asking patrons to add a donation to their bill whenever they ate at one of his restaurants.

Starr gave an interview to the Philadelphia Business Journal about why he promotes the schools. An excerpt:

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William Penn Foundation’s New Leader Quits

Well, that was quick.

Peter Degnan, the managing director of the William Penn Foundation, has resigned his position just six months into the job. He had replaced Jeremy Nowak, who also left the foundation abruptly more than a year before that.

The foundation, in a news release, would say only that Degnan was leaving for “personal reasons” at the end of August. Laura Sparks, the foundation’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, is stepping up to the newly retitled role of “executive director” to replace Degnan.

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DO THIS: West Chester University’s AIDS Benefit Concert and Cabaret

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Cabaret."

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance in “Cabaret.”

If you are a Philadelphia-area showtunes fan looking to support a good cause, you’re in luck. This year marks the 14th anniversary of West Chester University’s (WCU) AIDS Benefit Concert and Cabaret, titled “Seasons May Change,” and, for the first time in its history, the Gayborhood is getting in the mix.

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LGBT History Month Icons Named

Since 2006, Equality Forum has put the spotlight on 217 LGBT icons who have made important strides in the arts, science, politics and culture. As we get ready for LGBT History Month in October, the Philly-based organization has given us a preview of who’s being honored this year.

“The 217 Icons, including the 31 Icons for 2012, demonstrate the impressive and diverse international impact of the LGBT community,” says Malcolm Lazin, founder of LGBT History Month and executive director of Equality Forum.

Icons are selected for their accomplishments in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero or their significant contributions to LGBT equality, he says. The icons are chosen based on nominations from organizations and individuals – this year’s co-chairs were Professor George Chauncey, chair of the History & American Studies Department and Yale University, and Sue Rankin, professor of education and LGBT Studies at Penn State University.

And the LGBT History Month 2012 Icons are:

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