Jan 31, 2018
Philip Blumenthal is
chairman and director of the Blumenthal Foundation, a family
foundation established by I.D. and Madolyn Blumenthal and Herman
and Anita Blumenthal, that supports projects of significance in
Charlotte and North Carolina. Philip is also director of Wildacres
Retreat, a conference center located near the Blue Ridge Parkway in
Little Switzerland, North Carolina. A lifelong
philanthropist, Philip is the recipient of numerous honors,
including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Conservationist of the
Year by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Volunteer Service
Award by Partners for Parks in Charlotte, and Outstanding
Philanthropist in Conservation by the Roosevelt-Ashe Society. He
serves on several advisory boards, including the Carolina Raptor
Center and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. Philip earned a B.A.
in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
philanthropy and grant-making, and the obligation and rewards of
improving the communities in which we live.
describes the Blumenthal Foundation and what it
funds and supports.
- He answers whether it is a burden for the Blumenthal Foundation
to have money that other people want.
- He reveals what he has learned about
grant-making over the years and why
people should give their money away.
- Philip explains the religious concept of
'tsedaqah' and why he feels strongly about it.
- He reflects on the individual giving ethic in
Charlotte and what non-profits need to do to be
successful raising money.
- He talks about the role of board members in helping
organizations thrive, the issue he has with naming
rights and what good fundraisers do.
- Philip tells the story of the Blumenthal family
business and what Gunk and Liquid Wrench and RSC
Biosolutions have to do with it.
- He shares what comes to mind when he thinks
about his father Herman Blumenthal and his mother
- He explains the idea behind Shalom
Park and the issues that needed to be overcome to
- Philip talks about growing up Jewish in Charlotte, the skills
he learned as a middle child, and the pressures and
expectations he being a Blumenthal.
- He explains how the naming rights for Blumenthal
Performing Arts came about and what the family had to
- He tells the story of Wildacres
Retreat and shares his passion for environmental
- Philip reveals the legacy he hopes to pass on to
Host Mark Peres adds a personal word that begins this way, "I
interviewed Philip in a conference room beside his office. I
was immediately struck by the images on the wall..."
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