Occupation:Founder and Creative Director, The PHILO Project
Gerald Kolpan got the idea for The PHILO Project back in December of 2012. Tim Whitaker, Executive Director of the youth program Mighty Writers, needed a video for the organization - and fast.
Working through a miserable cold, Gerald produced the "Mighty Sportswriters" video in five days and was delighted to hear that it had brought donations in to Mighty Writers just as quickly. "Why aren't I doing this every day?" Gerald asked himself. "There must be hundreds of small non-profits in the Philadelphia area that need good video and can't afford it."
And so, The PHILO Project was born.
A nonprofit, PHILO provides professional quality videos for small Philadelphia area nonprofits - organizations that could never afford this kind if quality work - free of charge - and then seeks its operating capital from generous funders and individuals.
Formerly a commentator and reporter for NPR's All Things Considered, Gerald spent 21 years as the Features Reporter for WTXF-TV 29 in Philadelphia; his stories were seen nationally and worldwide on the FNC, CNN and Conus networks.
Gerald has received numerous honors for his work, including eight Middle Atlantic Emmy Awards. He has also won awards from the Associated Press and The Radio and Television News Directors Assocation, as well as a Best of Philly award from Philadelphia Magazine.
Also a writer, Gerald's two novels, Etta (Random House, 2009), and Magic Words (Pegasus - W.W. Norton, 2012), have recieved critical acclaim from such diverse sources as Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, and OK! He is a graduate of the University of the Arts.
The PHILO Project is a project of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia's CultureTrust Program.