Built to Last: A 4th Generation Foundation Still Going Strong



What does it take to keep a foundation vital and effective for more than four generations? The Haas family’s William Penn Foundation, a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, has been improving the quality of life in Philadelphia for more than 70 years—and it’s not slowing down. In this episode, we talk to Peter Haas, a fellow of the Foundation established by his great-grandparents, Otto and Phoebe Haas. He shares his family’s tips for success and explains how they’ve engaged foundation members to build an enduring philanthropic legacy.

About Peter Haas:

Peter Haas currently participates in the Foundation’s Fellowship program established to maintain and encourage continued Haas family involvement and leadership in the Foundation’s work supporting arts and culture, vital public spaces, and educational opportunities in Greater Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2014, Peter taught at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio and most recently at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School in North Philadelphia. Before his career in academia, Peter held several investment internships in New York City for companies including UBS Wealth Management and the EIM Group.

A Philadelphia-area native, Peter received his M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education an a B.A. in history from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.