Family Legacy


Airdate: January 31, 2018

Philip Blumenthal is chairman and director of the Blumenthal Foundation, a family foundation established by I.D. and Madolyn Blumenthal and Herman and Anita Blumenthal, that supports projects of significance in Charlotte and North Carolina. Philip is also director of Wildacres Retreat, a conference center located near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.  A lifelong philanthropist, Philip is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Conservationist of the Year by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Volunteer Service Award by Partners for Parks in Charlotte, and Outstanding Philanthropist in Conservation by the Roosevelt-Ashe Society. He serves on several advisory boards, including the Carolina Raptor Center and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. Philip earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in philanthropy and grant-making, and the obligation and rewards of improving the communities in which we live.  


  • Philip describes the Blumenthal Foundation and what it funds and supports.

  • He reveals what he has learned about grant-making and why people should give their money away.

  • He explains the religious concept of 'tsedaqah' and why he feels strongly about it.

  • Philip reflects on the individual giving ethic in Charlotte and what non-profits need to do to be successful raising money.

  • He tells the story of the Blumenthal family business, Gunk and Liquid Wrench and RSC Biosolutions.

  • Philip talks about growing up Jewish in Charlotte, the skills he learned as a middle child, and the pressures and expectations of being a Blumenthal.

  • He explains how the naming rights for Blumenthal Performing Arts came about and what the family had to consider.

  • Philip shares tells the story of Wildacres Retreat, his passion for environmental issues, and the legacy he hopes to pass on to his children.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Photographs on a Wall

To Learn More About Philip and the Blumenthal Family


  • What struck you about Philip's comments?

  • Do you feel an obligation to give?

  • What issues engage you?

  • What legacy do you hope to pass on?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And support is provided by the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.