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Women in Philanthropy (Interview with Marilynn Abrams & Ellen Caldwell '80)

As professional fundraisers, staying current with trends in giving is a prime responsibility. That said, the growing influence of women on philanthropy that began quietly some years ago has become one of today’s hottest topics. With women controlling an ever-greater proportion of private wealth, coupled with the fact that women will be the recipients of as much as 70% of the wealth transferred through inheritance over the next 40 years, it is time for a laser-like focus on the what, why, and how of women’s philanthropy.

Marilynn Abrams 

Parent of Ben ’92 and Neil ’96

Campaign Co-Chair

Trustee Emerita

Harrisburg Academy, Harrisburg, PA

Ms. Abrams is a member of the Board of the Foundation of Enhancing Communities, the community foundation that serves the greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area, and a current member of the board of Beth El Temple, Harrisburg.  She got her start in fundraising at Harrisburg Academy and has continued that path over the last 30 years as a community volunteer.  Ms. Abrams is a graduate of Boston University with a B.S. in Secondary Education.   Ms. Abrams is a Board member emerita at Harrisburg Academy.  She and her husband Richard are the parents of two successful alumni, Ben ’92 and Neil ’96.


Parent of Paige ‘21

Campaign Vice Chair

Current Trustee

Harrisburg Academy, Harrisburg, PA

Ellen Caldwell is a lifelong resident of the Harrisburg area. She is an alumna of Harrisburg Academy and mother of three children. Mrs. Caldwell received a B.S. in political science from The George Washington University. She has enjoyed volunteer experience as a board member of Planned Parenthood of the Capitol Region, Friends of the State Museum, The Volunteer Center, and The Junior League of Harrisburg. Ellen is currently serving as a trustee of Harrisburg Academy.

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