Ruth Ann Harnisch is president of the Harnisch Foundation, which has given grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations since its founding in 1998. She is a proponent of creative philanthropy whose unusual charitable investments have landed her on Oprah and the Today show.


When You’re Invited Because Of Your Money… Use Your Money To Lead!

Posted on October 20, 2004 by Ruth Ann Harnisch

When I was invited to join the governing board of a prestigious organization, one of my colleagues offered sincere congratulations, but I could tell she was holding something back. "Are you worried that they asked me because of my money?" I asked. "Yes" she said. "I hope that doesn't hurt your feelings." I laughed "Of course they asked me because of my money. It's one of the most important things I can bring to the table!… Read More