By Michelle Mass | April 11, 2017 | People
We caught up with some of the city’s most notable philanthropists to see how they are changing Philadelphia, one community at a time.
"The opportunity to influence and shape the landscape of the Philadelphia region is not only a privilege, but a civic and corporate responsibility that we each (the community at large) bear some individual ownership of. Through my role with PRDC Properties, we seek to preserve, restore, and transform underutilized (and often historic) real estate into vibrant residential and commercial communities that support the sustainability of broader communities. It is our goal to provide uniquely different real estate opportunities that meet the evolving needs of a marketplace."
"Every day, we try to be the best versions of ourselves. But that doesn’t mean we are doing everything perfectly, and that’s okay. GOOD is all about the curiosity to figure out what works well for you, what makes you feel your best, and what can keep you motivated to take better care of yourself. We had a feeling Philly was looking for something like this—a venue to meet others in this space, a place to find balance and realness among the health and wellness scene. While we originally planned to have a 50-person event, we underestimated the response! We are beyond thrilled to meet over 300 amazing people at the end of this month (April 22, 2017) in this space we have carefully put together over the last nine months."
"I launched Rad Girls and our annual Rad Awards to spotlight women leaders across the gender spectrum, who inspire in the fields of technology, media, culture, and business. By recognizing excellence and fostering collaboration between women of different backgrounds and perspectives, we're able to elevate powerful women in leadership and the beautiful city of Philadelphia."
"At Campus Philly—where I serve as director of partnerships—we help students fall in love with Philadelphia in hopes that they stay here after graduation. We know to truly turn these students into citizens, we need to answer the question Philadelphians themselves have been asking for years: Where to send your kids to school? As a public school advocate through groups like Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary and Friends of Neighborhood Education, my colleagues and I are working to bridge the gap between communities and their catchment schools. Working with parents, pre-parents, and neighbors—new and old—white and of color, together we are ensuring a quality public school experience. At the end of the day, it’s not about my kid, it’s about all of the kids in Philadelphia. Every child deserves a fair chance at success, and that can only result in a better city. And it’s easy to participate in this work if you have the time and energy. Start by finding your catchment school and ask how you can help."
"Since Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center was established in 1973, our family has always been committed to helping to find a cure for cancer on an international scale. Philly Fights Cancer, which was founded three years ago, acts as the center’s main fundraising channel-bringing attention, awareness, and most importantly funding to the groundbreaking research and clinical trials at the Abramson Cancer Center. With more than 90,000 outpatient visits, 37,000 chemotherapy treatments, and 66,000 radiation treatments to-date, Philly Fights Cancer is helping to continue the compassionate treatment that Abramson Cancer Center has become known for, and the medical innovation that Philadelphia continues to be internationally recognized for."