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File #: 190213    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/21/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/21/2019
Title: Honoring Philadelphia's Philanthropic Women Leaders in Recognition of Women's History Month.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Taubenberger
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19021300
Honoring Philadelphia's Philanthropic Women Leaders in Recognition of Women's History Month.
WHEREAS, Philanthropy plays a vital role in the health and vigor of the City of Philadelphia and our nation. By working together with non-profits, businesses, government, and everyday citizens, philanthropy improves community conditions and contributes to civic life and leadership through the responsible use of networks, research, and advocacy; and

WHEREAS, According to Giving USA's Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year of 2017, charitable giving, for the first time ever, exceeded $400 billion in 2017, spurred by growth from individuals, foundations, giving by bequest, and corporations. In fact, giving by individuals in Fiscal Year 2017 increased by $14.27 billion; and

WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Foundation reported that Pennsylvania is home to 5,299 foundations with a giving amount of $1.1 billion in 2017. Accordingly, the Philadelphia Area is home to 1,916 foundations with assets of $14.6 billion and a giving amount of $1.3 billion in 2015; and

WHEREAS, Philanthropy plays an important role in the development of good business. A 2017 survey by Robert Half Management Resources found that social responsibility is important for firms as they serve communities, improve employee morale, networking, reputation-building, brand awareness, and recruiting and retention benefits; and

WHEREAS, It is imperative that Philadelphia continues to lift up its philanthropic leaders that stand on the forefront of social change, while continuously developing creative and innovative solutions to positively transform lives every day. As Desmond Tutu once said, "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put all together that overwhelm the word"; and

WHEREAS, Reverend Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake is President of the Independence Blue Cross ("IBC") Foundation and Vice President of Community Affairs at Independence Blue Cross. Reverend Marshall-B...

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