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Corporate Philanthropy Summit: A testament to good works

Friday, April 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
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Philadelphia Business Journal
By Sonja Sherwood

More than 300 people attended the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2013 Corporate Philanthropy Summit April 25 at the Sheraton City Center to honor the region’s top donors.

The morning breakfast event included an expo of about 30 nonprofits, a panel of local philanthropists sharing their personal stories, and a keynote interview moderated by reporter Peter Van Allen with siblings Risa Vetri Ferman, district attorney of Montgomery County, and restaurateur Marc Vetri, both of whom have created charities that benefit children.

The Corporate Philanthropy Awards is an annual event presenting the findings of the Business Journal’s exclusive research on the region’s corporate donors. The results of that research will be published in the print edition on Friday. In addition, we asked corporate donors to share case studies of their most successful philanthropic partnerships.

Wells Fargo

In 2012, Wells Fargo launched the Adopt-a-School program as part of our company’s commitment to strengthen K-12 education. This signature education initiative matches local schools with nearby Wells Fargo locations and volunteers that offer a range of programs including mentoring, playground projects, and career workshops that aim to enhance overall educational experience and bring awareness to financial literacy.

The program is supported by 30 of the region’s leading arts and education organizations including the Free Library of Philadelphia, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Art Museum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia 76ers. These organizations offer students from Wells Fargo partner schools access to unique cultural experiences, sporting events and school-based academic and enrichment programs.

Through a combination of leveraging strategic community partnerships, financial and in-kind donations and targeted employee volunteerism, the program has infused much-needed resources into local schools and has generated a high level of enthusiasm and excitement among students and administrators.

 

CLICK HERE to read additional stories of philanthropic partnerships.