Teresa Araco Rodgers, The Presser Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Music education, music philanthropy

CONTACT:  267-519-5350, trodgers@presserfoundation.org, teresa@harp-weaver.com, 610-937-0044

PROFILE:  Teresa Araco Rodgers is the executive director of the Presser Foundation and has been since July 2014. She has also been the principal at Harp-Weaver, an independent philanthropic advisory firm in Philadelphia since March 2010.

Her Harp Weaver bio and LinkedIn summary share:

Teresa founded harp-weaver to offer donors a better way to add meaning and align their gifting with personal, family and financial goals. Her mission is to inspire others by helping them articulate their values and passions to be purposeful givers. Informed philanthropy can bring great satisfaction to a person’s life and has the power to transform communities, organizations and people.

Teresa began her career at SEI, a global provider of asset management, investment processing and investment operations solutions. In her fifteen plus years with SEI, she helped establish the company's businesses in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Playing various lead roles in solution management, client service and business development, Teresa has global business experience, a broad perspective, and a desire to innovate. 

Through her travels and living abroad, Teresa discovered the joy in combining personal travel with philanthropy. It provided an avenue to deepen her exposure to different cultures and further appreciate the inequities in global societies. She served on various nonprofit boards and made connections with others engaged in philanthropy. It was through these experiences that Teresa uncovered her professional interest in philanthropy.

Teresa developed and managed SEI's Philanthropy Solutions business. She was immersed in philanthropy and was responsible for creating donor vehicles, researching and preparing education materials and helping families with personal gifting. Following the birth of her third child, Teresa resumed her passion for helping others with their philanthropy through harp-weaver. 

Teresa holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration, and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®. She writes a regular column on philanthropy for the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal.

Specialties:Listening to thoroughly understand needs and goals; Helping to define a vision to guide all giving; Explaining charitable gifting vehicle options; Guiding to choose organizations that best meet expectations and correspond to genuine needs; Organizing a philanthropic component to personal travel plans; Working with grantee organizations to develop metrics in order to meet the standards of transparency and impact; Managing the administration of a private foundation.

Rodgers’ Network of Family Businesses bio shares:

Teresa Araco Rodgers began her career at SEI, a global provider of asset management, investment processing and investment operations solutions.  Teresa founded harp-weaver LLC in 2010 because she wants to give donors a better way to add meaning and align gifting with personal, family and financial goals. Her mission is to inspire others by helping them articulate their values and passions to be purposeful givers. With more than 10 years of grantmaking experience, Teresa works with clients in the Greater Philadelphia area, supporting donor interests professionally, ethically and cost-effectively. As a "network weaver," Teresa brings people and organizations together to address issues of concern and enables donors to be more strategic with their charitable dollars and more fulfilled with their involvement.

Teresa holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®. Teresa also writes a regular column on philanthropy for the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. She brings a strong business background balanced with a solid understanding of the nonprofit world and charitable gifting strategies focused on impact.  harp-weaver is an independent philanthropy advisory firm based in Philadelphia (www.harp-weaver.com).