By Ola Seifert
Marketing & Communications Manager
Eight years ago, the closing of the Nashville Banner newspaper marked the end of Ruth Ann Harnisch’s journalism career but opened the door to her new passion — helping others enjoy the “thrill of giving.” She established the Harnisch Family Foundation and became a spokesperson for creative philanthropy.
As president of the Foundation, Harnisch encourages people to become “Thrillionaires” by donating their money, time, skills, ideas and other assets to causes they care about. Everybody has a gift to give, she says, whether they donate money, bake a cake, write a song, design a Web site, pull a tooth, plant a garden or drive a truck.
Her foundation tells the stories of those who do give, to provide inspiration for others to do the same.
The Harnisch Family Foundation recently gave a $5,000 grant to The Poynter Institute in honor of Al Tompkins, Poynter’s group leader for broadcast and online.
Poynter will use the money to fund scholarships for tuition and housing to several upcoming seminars including Reporting for Public Radio, Producing Newscasts and TV Power Reporting. Applicants will be alerted to the scholarships on the respective seminar pages on Poynter Online.… Read more