John Templeton Jr. Has Died

John Templeton, Jr., left, congratulates 2004 Templeton Prize winner Dr. George F. R. Ellis, a leading theoretical cosmologist and a professor of applied Mathematics at University of Cape Town, South Africa, at a news conference in New York, Wednesday, March 17, 2004.  The Templeton Prize, valued at $1.4 million, is awarded to an individual for "progress toward research or discoveries about spiritual realities." (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

John Templeton, Jr., left, congratulates 2004 Templeton Prize winner Dr. George F. R. Ellis, a leading theoretical cosmologist and a professor of applied Mathematics at University of Cape Town, South Africa, at a news conference in New York, Wednesday, March 17, 2004. The Templeton Prize, valued at $1.4 million, is awarded to an individual for “progress toward research or discoveries about spiritual realities.” (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)kl

John Templeton Jr., who led the John Templeton Foundation after his father’s 2008 death, has died. He passed on Saturday, according to reports.

The New York Times says:

John M. Templeton Jr., a former pediatric surgeon who was president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, died on Saturday at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He was 75.

The foundation, based in West Conshohocken, Pa., announced his death on Tuesday, saying the cause was cancer.

Dr. Templeton retired from medicine in 1995 to manage the foundation and became its top executive after the death, in 2008, of his father, Sir John Templeton, who created the Templeton Fund in 1954 and the foundation in 1987. Under Dr. Templeton, the foundation’s endowment grew to $3.34 billion from $28 million.

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250th Celebration Gala for the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine

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This past Saturday, more than 1200 alumni, faculty, and dignitaries attended the 250th Celebration Gala for the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine — also known as Penn Med — held at the top of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps in the largest tent that’s ever been erected at that location.

It was an evening like no other filled with warm memories, reunions among faculty and alumni, and a concert by Harry Connick Jr., and grand fireworks display to cap-off the evening. The evening began with a cocktail party inside the Art Museum, where guests enjoyed pass hor d’oeuvres and cocktails. At 7:30pm, bagpipes made their way down the grand staircase guiding guests through the front doors and into the tent for dinner and the program, which included honoring a remarkable video called “The First”, which noted many of the remarkable achievements of the University of Pennsylvania’s school of medicine — including being the first medical school in the country. After the gala dinner, guests returned to the Grand Hall of the Art Museum for a dance party, and a VIP meet-and-greet with Connick.

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The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia

Howard and JoAnne Wurzak with Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan

The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia celebrated it’s 17th Annual Evening in the Park on the grounds of their headquarters Thursday night, The Suzanne Morgan Center at Ridgeland in Fairmount Park. Guests enjoyed fabulous food and cocktails by Brulee Catering, a live auction led by Jeff Hammond who helped raise nearly $75,000 from the very generous crowd, and a silent auction, all to benefit CSCGP.

Event co-chairs Barbara Blair and Betsy Rubenstone greeted the guests and spoke about their lives which have been touched by cancer, and have benefited by the programs at CSCGP. Honorees last night included: Wendy H. Rosen, Dr. David M. Mintzer, The Stuetz Family, and  Susan Tressider. Kelly Harris, CEO gave an impassioned address sharing with the guests about all the wonderful, caring programs available at Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia (all free), especially the programs directed at children going through cancer, or a parent going through cancer. The programs connect them with others, as well as any counseling they need. We’re so lucky to have an organization like this in Philadelphia.

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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

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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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