In 2017, Mel made one of his largest gestures to deliver on this promise with a $16+ million endowed gift to the Philadelphia Foundation to support LGBTQ- serving organizations.
Mel is far from new to the charitable landscape in Philadelphia. As a 20-year-old growing up in South Philadelphia, he made a promise to himself to give back to the community that helped raise him. Today, he’s known across the country for his support of gay and civil rights and was instrumental in providing early philanthropic support to address the problem of LGBTQ youth homelessness in Philadelphia.
Now a successful entrepreneur and real estate investor, Mel funded the $16+ million donation through the liquidation of a number of his investment properties across the city. The donation expanded the GLBT Fund of America, an endowed Donor Advised Fund established by Mel at the Philadelphia Foundation in 2007 to be used to support LGBT-related issues.
Mel isn’t done advocating for those in need and continues pounding the pavement for positive change throughout our great city. Instead of thanks, Mel encourages everyone with the means to do so to donate their time, money and efforts toward a good cause.
Mel’s relentless charitability aligns him so closely with the Philadelphia Foundation’s dedication to enacting positive change in our local communities. We’re proud to have worked with Mel for over a decade and we are excited to see what we can do together in years to come.
“Mel encourages anyone with the means to do so to donate their time, money and efforts.”