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Kevin K. Murphy
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Kevin joined Berks County Community Foundation in Reading, PA as its first employee in 1994. During his time as president, the Community Foundation has grown to manage more than $55 million in assets and distribute more than $2 million in grants each year. As president, Murphy is chief executive officer of the corporation, supervises the business and operations of the foundation and serves on the Board of Directors.

From 2008 to 2010, Murphy served as chair of the board of The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, where he previously served as secretary. Murphy also served two terms as president of Community Foundations for Pennsylvania. Murphy serves as Chair of The Council on Foundations, and on its membership, executive and governance committees. He also served as chair of the Council’s 2011 Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

In 2001, Murphy was selected as a German Marshall Foundation Transcontinental Fellow to serve as a consultant to the Togliatti Community Foundation in Togliatti, Russia. He worked with philanthropic organizations in Russia, and has returned to Russia several times to continue the exchange. His visits to Russia have included members of the Community Foundation’s award-winning Youth Advisory Committee. These Berks County high school students have established relationships with Russian community foundation youth groups and helped to establish a vibrant youth philanthropy movement in the Russian Federation.

In 2010, Murphy joined the leadership of the Global Philanthropy Leadership Initiative, a partnership of the Council on Foundations, the European Foundation Center and WINGS (Worldwide Initiative for Grant maker Support) established to campaign for a more favorable environment for cross-border giving; develop models and vehicles for pooling foundation resources and increasing collaboration; and identify key opportunities to engage with policy makers and multilateral organizations.

A native of State College, Pennsylvania, Murphy graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication and Business. He holds a Master of Science degree in Community Leadership from Duquesne University.

From 1984 to 1990, Murphy served in a variety of positions at Cornwall Manor, a retirement community. In 1990, Murphy was named Special Assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging. After leaving the Department of Aging in late 1991, Murphy worked as a consultant in the retirement and nursing home industries.

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Experiments in Community Media

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:04 PM

In September, the Newspaper Association of America stopped releasing quarterly reports on newspaper advertising sales. After 26 straight quarters of decline, it certainly made sense for a trade association to stop feeding the momentum of its members' decline. On the other hand, it has the feel of packing...

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The IRS and Nonprofit Media

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Thomas Jefferson is often quoted as having said: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." Even a man of Jefferson's brilliance could scarcely imagine the collapse of...

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The Charitable Deduction: Who Really Benefits?

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 12:11 PM

Living inside the Washington beltway must be a profoundly disorienting experience. Maybe there's something in the Potomac River, maybe it's just too much time in the world's most self-absorbed echo chamber, or maybe it's just the pressure of too much traffic. Honestly, I don't know.

But there must be something...

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Defend the Charitable Tax Deduction

(21) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 2:12 PM

America's charities face a brewing crisis with the upcoming comprehensive tax reform debate that is almost certain to envelop our nation. As Congress searches for ways to close the growing national debt, the charitable tax deduction is included in the "everything" often mentioned in the phrase "everything is on the...

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Why Foundations Need to Be Better Storytellers

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Maybe it's because we were in Los Angeles. They're big at telling stories there -- they built a whole industry around it. Whatever the reason, there was a lot of talk at this month's Council on Foundations Annual Conference about the power of storytelling. And there...

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Will the Death of Traditional Journalism Permanently Change Philanthropy?

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 4:46 PM

There's a huge shift going on in how Americans access journalism -- and how it's going to be paid for. Decreasing circulation for newspapers and news magazines reflects a consumer preference for "on demand" news from sources like Politico, The Huffington Post and Patch.com. Local TV news appears to be...

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Philanthropy Visits the Nation's Capital: Why?

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 5:21 PM

This week, hundreds of foundation executives from around the United States will descend on the nation's capital to meet with lawmakers on issues ranging from tax reform to agricultural research funding. The event, sponsored by the Council on Foundations, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing grant-making foundations, and...

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Government Bailout 101: Foundations Aren't the Answer

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 1:23 PM

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently unveiled his proposed budget for Pennsylvania. Like other governors around the nation, he developed a budget based on lower-than-hoped-for revenues, putting pressure on state social-service programs and education budgets. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that at least 29 states will...

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